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Stupidity

3.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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This film sets out to determine whether our culture is hooked on deliberate ignorance as a strategy for success. From Adam Sandler to George W. Bush, from the IQ test to TV programming, to the origins of the word moron, this DVD examines the dumbing down of contemporary culture. Featuring opinions and comments from John Cleese, Noam Chomsky, Selma Hayek, and Bill Maher, this DVD reveals that, despite our culture'sextensive access to knowledge and information, humans continue to choose stupidity.

Review

"Amusing and horrifying" -- Austin Chronicle, 2002

"Clever, hilarious, and perfectly timed." -- San Francisco Chronicle, 2002

"One of the most entertaining and compelling films of the year." -- Willamette Week, 2002

Achingly funny" -- SF Gate, 2002

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Albert Nerenberg
  • Extended interviews with Noam Chomsky, Bill Maher, Joel Schumacher, and others
  • Documentary Channel interview with director Albert Nerenberg

Product Details

  • Actors: Stupidity
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Director's Cut, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Elevator Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G1QU66
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,510 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stupidity" on IMDb

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This is a documentary on the rather nebulous topic of stupidity. It's a subject holding great promise which unfortunately this 77-minute film does not quite fulfil. The film is more a diatribe against the stupidity that has become an integral part of American culture than an indepth analysis of the subject. The interviews with thinkers, writers, and commentators, people like Noam Chomsky, Bill Maher and Avital Ronell, are reduced to short soundbites, while the rest of the film is filled with a constant stream of silly antics that sadly represent what constitutes much of American media today. The ideas put forward by the interviewees are tantalising and often fascinating but they are sadly not fleshed out. The problem begins with the very definition of stupidity. How would you define stupidity? As one interviewee, Giancarlo Livraghi, puts it, often a genius may be labelled "stupid" because his ideas are ahead of his time. Why does America venerate stupidity? Is stupidity inherent in American culture? Is it confined solely to western society? Or is it a pan-human trait? These are fascinating questions but they are not tackled in depth. Personally, I don't believe American culture is stupid per se. But it is decidedly anti-intellectual. As is much of Anglo-Saxon culture in general. I disagree with Bill Maher, who points to British media, and by extension British culture, as significantly superior to its American counterpart. From personal experience, I'd say British media can get as low-brow and stupid as the worst in America.

The film is deliberately provocative. It is left-leaning and it is unashamedly anti-Bush. It was released in 2003, undoubtedly to coincide with and perhaps even influence the presidential re-election.
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Eye opening and thought provoking, as well as a bit disturbing, but hopeful. This documentary tells it like it is, all you have to do is look around and you can't disagree that they make some excellent points.
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The people interviewed, use the word 'they' A LOT. Clearly there is some conspiracy going on in dark, smoke filled room with one light with people who are hell bent on keeping Americans stupid. I expect the word 'they' being used by Noam Chomsky because that is a no-brainer but everyone else seemed to use it too. One 'expert' makes the statement 'people don't read books because they know they are going to come out in a movie'. I have never heard anyone say this. People who don't read books, do so because they don't want to, are intellectually lazy, are too busy or just want to watch TV to escape. I didn't watch TV for at least 15 years because I thought everything on it was too stupid but there are still enough good shows on -even though I ditched the cable for internet television. Think critically when watching a documentary on stupidity. "They" should have before making this.
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It's an okay film. Bits of it were interesting, and I generally identify with the left-of-center orientation of it, but I didn't think it was a particularly well-made film. I think my expectations were heightened by the presence of names like "Noam Chomsky" and "Bill Maher" in it, but in actuality, their comments were marginal in the film. Even the "extended interviews" weren't really all that "extended." Also, I expected better picture and sound quality than offered.

The origins of words like "idiot" and "moron" are explored; footage of drunk people acting stupid is shown; the harm our stupidity is causing to our planet is noted; the dumbing down of the public by business interests is briefly discussed; and that's it. It was somewhat entertaining, so I wouldn't call it a waste of time. But it's not a "must see" or "must own" film either.
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Stupidityexcellent review, There are various legacies people elected to this office leave, including e.g. the 1st president, the 1st catholic president, the 1st black president. President 43 GWB has the dubious accolade of being the 1st MORON elected President of the USA.
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I was expecting an in-depth discussion of our 'lowest-common denominator' media, but instead it was mostly clips of stupid people doing stupid things. It was more like watching the steretypically vapid MTV show that the moviemakers are trying to expose than anything else. The attacks on George Bush and the Jackass crew were uninformative and unoriginal, even though I don't disagree with the main ideas that these are good examples of people whose job's are fueled by idiocy. Except Noam Chomsky, their 'stupidity experts' that give the running commentary have nothing interesting or intelligent to say.

A truly poor film.

I'm giving it two stars only because the topic is interesting, but the movie really deserves one star.
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