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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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Meet the world's simplest family! See more »


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?


Mark Metcalf's character, Colonel Neidermeyer, is a reprise of his role in National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), despite the end of that movie stating that Neidermeyer was killed by his own troops in Vietnam. However, this can be explained as just a subtle nod at Metcalf's earlier role (the only way you can even see what name is on the name tag, is if you freeze the movie when the tag is close to the camera). See more »


When Stanley puts the key in the glove box it is a small key chain. After they switch places and Joan turns the key in the glove box it is a larger key chain. See more »


[Stanley tries to start it using an invisible key]
Stanley Stupid: The car won't start.
Buster Stupid: Maybe the battery is dead.
Joan Stupid: It was perfectly healthy this morning.
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Referenced in The Pool Boys (2009) 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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Stupid it may be....stupid its SUPPOSED to be!
20 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

Well guys, sorry to disappoint so many of you, but I thought this was one funny movie. I agree totally with a couple of reviewers who commented that you need to have on the right "mind-set" at the time. You need to have also a sense of the absurd here, if not the insane!

Landis is having a go at everyone and everyTHING in this ode to cinematic oafishness. He gets away with murder here, whereas Brian Levant who persists in trying to offer disastrously unfunny "family comedy" like THE FLINTSTONES simply falls over his own Director's chair.

I just about wet myself the first time I heard Arnold break out into his musical monologue "I AM MY OWN GRANDPA" That has to be one of the funniest things I have ever seen on the big screen. If you can't laugh at that - you're dead...or terminal!

Sure, its not for everyone - neither was SIGNS though!

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