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Idiot Box (1996)

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Looking for the fast track out of suburban hell, two natural born losers scheme an impossible heist. Mick is slack, cynical, and most of all, unemployed. He masterminds the plan while Kev, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Sims ...
Graeme Blundell ...
Detective Eric
Detective Leanne
Robyn Loau ...
Rita Loffo ...
Bank Teller
Stephen Caesar ...
Scary TV Crim
Scary TV Crim
Mark Perry ...
Scary TV Crim
Emma Tom ...
TV Gangster Moll
Andrew S. Gilbert ...
Greg / Laughing Boy
Lenny Rowe ...
Scary TV Crim


Looking for the fast track out of suburban hell, two natural born losers scheme an impossible heist. Mick is slack, cynical, and most of all, unemployed. He masterminds the plan while Kev, angry and unemployed, gets the guns. Two undercover cops and a highly strung speed dealer are not far behind. Written by Dan Miles <>

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australia | independent film


The darkly comic tale of the young and useless See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

20 February 1997 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Idiot Box  »

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2.35 : 1
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Reflected in a window of the bank building opposite when Kev and Mick are rehearsing their robbery on their bicycles. See more »


Mick: I didn't call you an idiot, I asked if you were an idiot, ya fuckin' idiot!
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Contrived, Implausible and Stale
14 January 2004 | by (US) – See all my reviews

David Caesar was obviously fueled by the energetic 90's film revolution of films like "Pulp Fiction" and "Trainspotting" to make an Aussie crime story/satire. Unfortunately, "Idiot Box" does not even deserve the mention of those two films in my review.

The film's plot is awkward and unfocused. It chronicles the adventures of two hopeless losers Kev and Mick as they party and rebel against society. They seem to be always watching some kind of violent material on TV (hence the title), that leads to their decision to rob a bank. The events following are muddled and contrived.

The dialogue is absolutely embarrassing. There is a scene where Mick makes his way home from getting some brew, when he sees an attractive, but lonely liquor shop owner waiting for business. He is somewhat familiar with her, but not enough to start conversation with her by saying "What's poetry?". Why Caesar felt the need to open the scene like that is beyond me. Was he trying to give Mick depth? Does he honestly think someone has ever initiated a relationship by asking "What's poetry?". What's worse than this touch is her reaction. A completely normal, unquestioning response!

They call TV the idiot box because some believe watching enough of it leads to feeble-mindedness. Watching an hour and a half of this movie will do the same thing to you, so I would strongly recommend TV instead.

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