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Desc:If you hate this film for being stupid, you're missing the point. (You can hate it for being dull.)
Category:Classic Movies, Educational
Tags:stupid, tom arnold, Ugh, the stupids, the whole thing
Submitted:joelkazoo
Date:06/23/13
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Comment count is 26
SteamPoweredKleenex
John Landis, ladies and gentlemen. Director of the Blues Brothers, Animal House, and... this.
Spaceman Africa
It's a shame he made this between his two classics, Beverly Hills Cop 3 and Blues Brothers 2000.

cognitivedissonance
THIS IS A MASTERPIECE AND GET OUT OF MY OFFICE I SAID GOOD DAY SIR

WHO WANTS DESSERT
Don't forget being personally responsible for the death of Vic Morrow and two child actors, then blaming all the people who warned him and using their deaths to promote the shitty Twilight Zone movie!

What I'm saying is fuck John Landis.

sasazuka
When local record stores were dumping their Laserdiscs circa 1998, at least 10 percent of the LDs were copies of this movie.
B. Weed
I liked this more than was really sensible. Something about Christopher Lee's big villain moment and David Cronenberg being Stanley's boss...
Syd Midnight
Yeah, it had its moments. I think a lot of the hate is barely remembered zeitgeist, when it came out Tom Arnold was only known as Roseanne Barr's husband and was widely hated for having recently divorcing her to try and be An Actor. The context is gone, but the cultural memory of despising this movie remains

Scrimmjob
I had never watched this, it's not as bad as i thought it would be. Tom Arnold is pretty funny here and there. Especially liked the drive bee part.

Is this any worse than 80% of Hollywood comedies today?

joelkazoo
Tom Arnold is just a big dumb guy from Iowa, which is part of his appeal. He really can't act worth a shit, and he gives all the big dumb guys from Iowa and elsewhere hope that they can make it as long as they marry and divorce a loudmouthed comedienne with a successful sitcom.

If you ask me, the biggest problem with this film is that it's not stupid *enough*! It really doesn't capture the truly chaotic nature of the books. In the books, the "they stole our garbage again!" thing would be one joke, then they'd go on and do something else, and twenty more things would happen before the book would just end. You do not read "The Stupids" books for the plot, you read them to laugh at how stupid it all is.

And like I said, Stanley needs a gigantic porn 'stache, which Tom Arnold couldn't grow to save his life.

Jet Bin Fever
Watching this film is like having your childhood dog get run over in front of you over and over and over. You think the pain is gone, and then it just keeps going.
cognitivedissonance
Oh what a bunch of joyless prigs you all are.

TOM ARNOLD IN A PASTEL SUIT HOLDING CAPTAIN KANGAROO HOSTAGE.

cognitivedissonance
This is honestly on my list of Top Ten. You people are utterly appalling.

Adham Nu'man
Yeah this film is awesome.

EvilHomer
Awesome? Pffft. Yeah, maybe if you've never read THE BOOKS.

I'm not even going to bother listing all the ways this piece of crap film mangled established canon. Rest assured, it is EXACTLY like watching your childhood dog get run over. Poor Kitty...

Jet Bin Fever
Its awesome in the same way Young Einstein is awesome.

joelkazoo
Stars for Jet. I unashamedly love YE.

Riskbreaker
This movie is fucking stup....OH WAIT I GET IT HAHAHA!
Jane Error
I thought this was going to be the Lars von Trier movie...not sure if I'm disappointed or relieved.
Adham Nu'man
I thought that one was called The Idiots

Riskbreaker
I don't think there's much difference between the two.

chumbucket
Despite the zany 80s soundtrack. The laughs...they do not come. Just tears.
oswaldtheluckyrabbit
David Cronenberg guest-stars in this, so I approve.
B. Weed
Another bit of trivia: Stanley's neighbor is film director Robert Wise, whose career included the original version of The Haunting, The Sound of Music, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

How and why Landis got a couple of fellow directors to be in this, I don't know.

SteamPoweredKleenex
@B.Weed: At a guess? A fast paycheck for not a lot of work.

EvilHomer
Maybe they're stupid

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