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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.

Director:

John Landis

Writers:

James Marshall (characters), Harry Allard (characters) | 1 more credit »
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3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Arnold ... Stanley Stupid
Jessica Lundy ... Joan Stupid
Bug Hall ... Buster Stupid
Alex McKenna ... Petunia Stupid
Mark Metcalf ... Colonel Neidermeyer
Matt Keeslar ... Lieutenant Neal
Scott Kraft ... Policeman
Victor Ertmanis Victor Ertmanis ... Garbageman #1
Earl Williams Earl Williams ... Garbageman #2
George Chiang ... Chinese Waiter #1
Max Landis ... Graffiti Artist
Carol Ng Carol Ng ... Jade Palace Hostess
Arthur Eng Arthur Eng ... Chinese Waiter #2
Jennifer Dean Jennifer Dean ... Meter Maid
Garry Robbins ... Extremely Tall Guy
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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 »

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Adventure | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The word "Sender" written on the blackboard changes frequently. See more »

Quotes

Talk Show Hostess: Have you ever thought that you came from a strange or unusual family? Well, after you meet our guests, you might want to adjust your standards.
Talk Show Guest #1: I divorced my wife in order to marry her daughter.
Talk Show Guest #2: I married a siamese twin and had an affair with her sister.
Talk Show Guest #3: I've been engaged to three of my cousins.
Stanley Stupid: I'm, well, to tell you the truth, I'm my own Grandpa.
Talk Show Hostess: You're your own Grandpa? Well, for some of us who don't understand this, can you explain?
Stanley Stupid: Well, yes. It's quite simple, really.
[sings]
Stanley Stupid: Many many years ago ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Trust in the Lloyd. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Thank the Lloyd some people get it...
19 June 2005 | by iKramerica-1See all my reviews

Come on people! Relax. If you rate this movie a 1, you either are trying to hate it or don't have a sense of humor.

It's not high art, but the deadpan acting is spot on, and if you really look at it, the writing in this script is far more complex and well crafted than most "gross out" comedies people seem to applaud.

While other comedies just string together some non-sequeters, this one has a tightly woven throughline, with one line of dialogue or action not only leading to the next, but so integral to the story that if you were to remove a gag or a character, the house of cards would collapse.

It is theater of the absurd and farce at it a high level.

And it is telling that some people who say this is the worst movie ever also say the Kentucky Fried Movie was a "miss" despite that film being the first of it's kind and leading to hundreds of films since that these same people probably loved.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

30 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eine Familie zum Kotzen See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,593,929, 2 September 1996

Gross USA:

$2,491,989

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,491,989
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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