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Krippendorf's Tribe (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 27 February 1998 (USA)
An anthropologist creates a fictitious lost New Guinea tribe using his family members to cover-up for his mis-use of grant moneys.

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A university professor is paid to find the last undiscovered tribe of New Guinea. When he fails to find the tribe, he comes home, and rather than admitting that he's failed, he gives a lecture about the Shelmikedmu tribe (named after his children: Shelly, Mike, and Edmund) and then has his family dress like "Shelmikedmus," so that he can film them as proof of his discovery. Written by Daniel Aubrey White <b_white@bc.sympatico.ca>

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Rated PG-13 for sexual humor | See all certifications »
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A Tribo dos Krippendorf  »

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$3,316,377 (USA) (27 February 1998)

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$7,514,883 (USA) (24 April 1998)
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On Twitter, Richard Dreyfuss said "I had so much fun with Jenna Elfman during Krippendorf. The movie was not very good, but we had some fun." See more »

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Mrs. Tournquist: Abbey, come out of there!
Abbey Tournquist: Not until I'm purified!
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More Than a Feeling
Written by Tom Scholz
Performed by Boston
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By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Amusing hoax ........
2 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I like Richard Dreyfuss, and he does not disappoint in "Krippendorf's Tribe". We get practically the same character he played in "What About Bob", only this time he is an anthropology professor instead of a psychiatrist. Both films display Dreyfuss's angst as regards the family unit. Both are comedies, although "What About Bob" is a far superior film. The problem with "Krippendprf's Tribe" is that it is essentially a one joke movie hung on an amusing, though not very believable hoax. The film gradually runs out of steam, and some judicious editing might have helped. Nevertheless for fans of Richard Dreyfuss, this is familiar and entertaining ground. - MERK


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