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  • Actors: Tom Arnold, Jessica Lundy, Bug Hall, Alex McKenna, Mark Metcalf
  • Directors: John Landis
  • Writers: Brent Forrester, Harry Allard, James Marshall
  • Producers: Leslie Belzberg
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: March 28, 2000
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000005WSP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #646,402 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Meet the Stupids. Stanley (Tom Arnold) and Joan (Jessica Lundy) and their kids, Buster and Petunia. They're a nice, typical, suburban American family. Except for one thing. None of them has the sense God gave a lemon. Year: 1996 Director: John Landis Starring: Tom Arnold, Jessica Lundy, Bug Hall

Customer Reviews

That's something to brag about, not hide!)
Edmond Gauthier
It's really stupid, and lots of people don't like it, but the stupidness is the only reason I enjoy it.
John
This movie can be watched by the whole family! ...
Aaron Amos

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 19, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Yes, this is an incredibly stupid movie. Yes, the acting is not so great. Yes, this might have been a waste of everyone's time...well, probably not Tom Arnold's. But you have to see this movie. This is the most zany and random movie I've ever seen. I think the best part is when Tom Arnold is disguised as a bush, and goes off about how he is part man, part bush, master of both worlds..."Bush-man, you are supreme!" Either that or the drive bee...you have to see it, I don't think I can explain it adequately. Or perhaps even the Stupids meeting with the Lloyd, a janitor they mistakenly believe is the Lord, God, and hence the title of this review. A couple friends and I rented this one night when we must have been partially insane, and it has provided moments of hilarity when we bring it up ever since. Just give it a chance...depending on your sense of humor, you won't regret it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 2003
Format: DVD
This is the funniest movie I've seen in a long-time. I feel sorry for people who can't see the movie for what it is - good clean fun. Yes the people do stupid things - but laughter is s good for you. I watched it with my niece and nephew and they remember all the details and a lot of the dialogue. We often sing "I'm My Own Grandpa" just because. If they act sad, we start discussing this movie and end up laughing till we cry. Give it a chance.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By MOONCHILD on March 27, 2005
Format: DVD
This movie is for those who are under 13 or those with a really weird sense of humor, like me. I actually saw this in a movie theater with Cari Kepner and sad to say we were the only ones there. America missed the boat with this film but I bet it's popular in Belgium. Anyhow, I'm not a big fan of Tom Arnold but he is PERFECT in the role of Stanley Stupid! If you don't take life seriously and are able to find humor in everything, even funerals I suggest watching this film. It's great fun for the whole family! Dynamite cameo appearances by Captain Kangaroo and Jenny McCarthy. "In the name of the Lloyd" BUY this movie!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Aiyana on June 16, 2005
Format: DVD
I have to admit I was pretty skeptical about this one-- it looked, well, stupid. And it starts out that way, with just what you'd expect from a young children's comedy-- a family dressed in hideous clothes who are so dumb they take their fish for a walk and search under sofa cushions for missing family members.

But keep watching! A plot develops, slowly transforming the movie into a James-Bond-parody-style film which might even be said to rival the "Austin Powers" films (especially if, like me, you find yourself wishing those films had a few more witticisms and a little less toilet humor. Ok, the whole "Dr. Evil" thing is hilarious, but come on, there are only so many times the word "crap" is actually funny, no matter how strong a Scottish accent you say it with... I realize I'm in a bit of a minority in thinking this way, but I was brought up on the "Pink Panther" movies, and in my mind there's just no substitute for genuine "comedy of errors" humor).

So the Stupids set out on a quest to uncover the Truth. Who is the mysterious "Mr. Sender" (as in, the guy all those letters get returned to)? What diabolical plot lurks in the trash-collector's van? And what is their connection to a gang of international arms dealers? Will the Stupids figure it out? Of course not!... but they will manage to save the world anyways, even if they can't remember how to start their own car.

Favorite thing: Little running jokes and clever references. For example, a minor scene in which Mr. Stupid mistakes a janitor for God, addresses him as "Lord", and is told that the man's name is actually "Lloyd", is recalled later in the film when Mr. Stupid leaps into battle with the unforgettable cry "Stop! In the name of the Lloyd!" If that sort of thing makes you chuckle and roll your eyes at the same time, I guarantee you will like this film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sfwriter on April 4, 2006
Format: DVD
And those who don't understand lighthearted slapstick shouldn't waste their time watching, because they won't get it. (I have to admit I never thought it was necessary to "understand" slapstick, but judging by some reviews I've seen, lots of people don't.) The so-called "bad" acting is intentional (in fact, it's sometimes quite good bad acting), and yes, the characters are supposed to be stupid. The humour comes from the dissociation between our "normal" view of the world and their continual misinterpretations of everything that happens to them, and the way that "reality" somehow always seems to support their misinterpretations. Making a truly silly comedy takes a lot of brains, and there are definitely some brains operating behind the scenes in this movie. Sure, it's not the greatest movie in history, and it does have a few lame gags, but what comedy doesn't? It's still a lot of fun. And it should be given an award for reviving that immortal ode, "I'm My Own Grandpa."
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JOHN NATHAN on May 10, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I was drawn to this movie, because I read 'The Stupids' childrens books as a child. This movie really only appeals to a certain group of people. People who can sit down, open their minds and laugh at completely ridiculous stuff, which is exactly what this movie is. There is no concrete plot that can be summarized in one or two sentences. It's a series of events that manage to link together in the stupidest ways possible. If you liked 'Kung Pow' or 'Mars Attacks' I think you'll like 'The Stupids'.
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