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I Not Stupid (2002)
"Xiaohai bu ben" (original title)

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Kok Pin, Boon Hock and Terry are classmates in "EM3" stream. In Singapore, that means that at the age of 12, the government has decided that they are not as academically inclined as their ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Neo ...
Mr. Liu
Yun Xiang ...
Mrs. Liu
Richard Low ...
Mr. Khoo
Selena Tan ...
Mrs. Khoo
Po Ju Huang ...
Terry Khoo
Shawn Lee ...
Liu Kok Pin
Joshua Ang ...
Ang Boon Hock
Cheryl Chan ...
Selena Khoo
Su-Ru Wen ...
Ms. Lee
Xian Bin Zheng ...
Ang Tiong Meng
Kwee-hiok Lim ...
Tiong Meng's mother
Choi Yeng Wong ...
Boon Hock's mother
Sally Ong ...
Ms. Lim
Wai Ying Wang ...
Ms. Choo
Bing Chee ...
Chinese Teacher
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Kok Pin, Boon Hock and Terry are classmates in "EM3" stream. In Singapore, that means that at the age of 12, the government has decided that they are not as academically inclined as their peers. Kok Pin is creative and a born artist but his parents would rather he focus on his Maths and Sciences. Boon Hock comes from a low-income family and needs to balance school and helping out at the food stall. Terry, a spoilt brat is just too lazy a student. While the three children suffer from the pressure of school, their parents have another set of problems - their jobs and careers ... Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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9 February 2002 (Singapore)  »

Also Known As:

Boku, baka janai  »

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Opening Weekend:

$12,372 (Hong Kong) (16 August 2002)

Gross:

$609,132 (Hong Kong) (16 August 2002)
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Goofs

At one point, someone says that "Chinese New Year is coming soon" (the date of Chinese New Year varies, but it is always in January or February), but later Jerry Khoo receives a text message and says that "terrorists flew a plane into the tallest building in the US" (September 11, 2001). Since Chinese New Year occurs at the end of the movie, perhaps the filmmakers added the second line as a memorial to 9/11 but forgot that it was the wrong time of year in the movie. See more »

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At the begining of the show, you will see Chinese words telling you to turn off your mobile phones and to applaud for the movie. At the end of the show, 3 of the cast will ask you to applaud for the movie See more »

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Followed by Xiaohai bu ben 2 (2006) See more »

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good effort
15 February 2002 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

This is a well made film for the Singaporeans to have a laugh at themselves and at their government. Do not be fooled at the title " I NOT Stupid" , which suggests a B-grade show, this is actually a satire with multi layered meanings inside.

It does not take much to figure out that the character of the rich and autocratic mother who meddles in her children's affairs too much, is a persona representation of the government. And her 2 kids, Selena and Terry, are the citizens who react differently under such an autocratic rule.

But it is indeed a surprise that this movie passes the strict censorship board. But maybe, the government by allowing this film to pass, is showing that the political situation has changed, for the better maybe.

If any foreigner wants to have a deeper understanding of the social situation of Singapore society, this movie is a great place to start.


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