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The Stupids (1996)

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An incredibly dull-witted family unknowingly stumble upon an illegal weapons deal while on the trail of their "stolen" garbage.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lieutenant Neal
Victor Ertmanis ...
Garbageman #1
Earl Williams ...
Garbageman #2
Chinese Waiter #1
Graffiti Artist
Carol Ng ...
Jade Palace Hostess
Arthur Eng ...
Chinese Waiter #2
Jennifer Dean ...
Meter Maid
Garry Robbins ...
Extremely Tall Guy


When the Stupids, an average suburban American family, discover that their garbage was "stolen" out of the can, they begin the investigation of that "conspiracy". Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Adventure

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eine Familie zum Kotzen  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,593,929 (USA) (30 August 1996)


$2,415,593 (USA) (13 September 1996)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the film's US trailers is a spoof of the one for Rumble in the Bronx (1995), using the same music and inviting the audience to see the family "who do all their own stunts", which is a parody of the claim Jackie Chan does his own stunts. Both films were released by New Line Cinema in America. See more »


When the Stupids set off to Warehouse 21, they leave when the sun is up. You see their car pass under a bridge with a sign reading "Warehouse 21 5 Miles" but when they arrive at the warehouse, it is the dead of night. See more »


Buster Stupid: What if we formed our own army?
Petunia Stupid: Then we'd have to form our own country.
Joan Stupid: We could call it Stupidia.
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Crazy Credits

The persons and events in this motion picture are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, events or space aliens is unintentional. No space aliens were harmed in any way during the making of this film. See more »


References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Garota de Ipanema
Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes
Produced and Arranged by Geoff Koch and Randall Crissman
Published by Duchess Music Corporation (BMI)
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vastly underrated
13 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

Don't listen to the critics. "The Stupids" is one of my favorite movies, and I've seen close to 800 in the last few years. It's full of scenes that deserve to be classic, like the "I'm My Own Grandpa" musical number, the Stupids' encounter with The Lloyd, and "to be a bush, you've got to think like a bush..." It's worth watching more than once, for sure. It's tragically underappreciated. The plot has Stanley Stupid investigating the conspiracy to steal his garbage and accidentally blunders into an illegal arms deal, while also tracking down the evil Mr. Sender.

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