Stupidity

"Very Good"

Stupidity Review


Stupidity... now there's an idea for a documentary. I gotta say, it's fascinating, and as director Albert Nerenberg points out, in modern society we seem to be surrounded by stupidity of all kinds, all the time. Is society genuinely this inane? Or are we just being too hard on ourselves?

Nerenberg's Stupidity is a frequently fascanating but sometimes wandering work that provides some insight into the nature of dumbness. There's a history lesson here: "Idiot" and "imbecile" have specific IQ levels they correspond to, and "moron" is a whole other thing of its own. Talking heads like Bill Maher and Noam Chomsky describe stupidity in our current culture (with Jackass and George W. Bush taking the brunt of the heat), and some of the intellectual discussion here is fascinating. If nothing less, it makes you think twice when you call someone or something "stupid," because of the loadedness of the term.

But Nerenberg pads out this very short movie with man-on-the-street interviews that are really nothing more than thinly vieled attempts to make the average joe look, well, stupid. Other sequences don't really go anywhere at all: The whole affair where an image of Sesame Street's Bert showing up on propaganda posters for Osama Bin Laden is barely an issue of stupidty but rather one of simple oversight and cultural ignorance. Pinning this admittedly amusing incident as a prime example of universal stupidity just doesn't work.

Stupidity is breezy and fun, but the main thing missing is interviews with the truly stupid. It's one thing to talk about them, but where are the Darwin Award winners? Where are the people who make those offbeat news reports every week? It would be fascinating to hear just what they were thinking when they tried to catapult themselves over the house. (And don't tell me Steve-O counts: He's getting paid to be stupid.)

Hmmm... I guess what I'm trying to say is that Stupidity needs to be a little more intellectual. Is that irony? I'm too dumb to figure that one out, really.



Stupidity

Facts and Figures

Run time: 61 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 1st May 2003

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 67%
Fresh: 4 Rotten: 2

IMDB: 5.5 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Albert Nerenberg

Producer:

Starring: George W. Bush as himself, as himself, as himself, as himself, Drew Curtis as Himself, as Herself, David Lawrence as Himself, as Himself, as Himself, Fred Napoli as Narrator, Albert Nerenberg as Himself, Geoff Pevere as Himself, as Himself, as Himself, Paul Spence as Himself, as Himself, Josey Vogels as Herself

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