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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:
Colonel Neidermeyer
Lieutenant Neal
Victor Ertmanis ...
Garbageman #1
Earl Williams ...
Garbageman #2
Chinese Waiter #1
Graffiti Artist
Carol Ng ...
Jade Palace Hostess
Arthur Eng ...
Jennifer Dean ...
Meter Maid
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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 USA:

$1,593,929, 1 September 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$2,415,593, 15 September 1996
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tim Allen and Jack Nicholson were considered for the role of Stanley Stupid. See more »


When the crossbow is shot at the Stupids the cable or string used for the effect can be seen in front of Buster before and after the arrow lands into the pole. See more »


Evil Sender: [Reading a letter] "If you still love me, Sally, tie a ribbon 'round the old oak tree". I'm afraid the only thing that's going to be hanging from that tree is you, "Bob"!
[Throws it into the fire]
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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 »


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I'm My Own Grandpaw
Written by Dwight Latham (as Dwight Lathem) and Moe Jaffe
Produced and Arranged by Michael Skloff
Published by Colgens - EMI Music Inc. (ASCAP)
Performed by Tom Arnold and Rolonda Watts (as Rolanda Watts)
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User Reviews

Smart Comedy for Stupid People
28 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

When I first saw this movie I was about 14 years old and nearly died laughing. Ten years later years I still burst my sides from this witty film. Now I'm not big on Tom Arnold as an actor but he definitely makes the perfect Stanley Stupid. Besides from a few cheezy parts like the very poorly computer animated pet dog & cat this movie is pure conspiracy theory comedic genius. There are so many hilarious jokes that somehow move the plot along... 8 wheels beats 4 wheels, 10-1-1 over 9-1-1, the Lloyd, "Man-Bush" come on people! I can't believe anyone could actually consider this one of this worst movies ever made. Go ahead and spend another 5 bucks & purchase the film (buying it new might be cheaper than renting it), get over the PG rating and laugh your @$*%! off at this hilarious comedy!!

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