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I Not Stupid (2002)

Xiaohai bu ben (original title)
Story about life of 3 EM3's student in Singapore, who struggling with their education and personal life.

Director:

Jack Neo

Writers:

Jack Neo (screenplay), Jack Neo (story)
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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 Po Ju Huang ... Terry Khoo
Shawn Lee Shawn Lee ... Liu Kok Pin
Joshua Ang Joshua Ang ... Ang Boon Hock
Cheryl Chan Cheryl Chan ... Selena Khoo
Su-Ru Wen Su-Ru Wen ... Ms. Lee
Xian Bin Zheng Xian Bin Zheng ... Ang Tiong Meng
Kwee-hiok Lim Kwee-hiok Lim ... Tiong Meng's mother
Choi Yeng Wong Choi Yeng Wong ... Boon Hock's mother
Sally Ong Sally Ong ... Ms. Lim
Wai Ying Wang Wai Ying Wang ... Ms. Choo
Bing Chee Bing Chee ... Chinese Teacher
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Singapore

Language:

English | Mandarin | Hokkien

Release Date:

9 February 2002 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Boku, baka janai See more »

Filming Locations:

Singapore

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Box Office

Budget:

SGD1,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$547,751
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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 »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Followed by I Not Stupid Too (2006) See more »

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Bravo
17 July 2002 | by hlteoSee all my reviews

This is a great movie.

I urge you to buy a legit copy if you're a Singaporean. I've been guilty of buying pirated intellectual property in the past but this time it's really a test of "the Singaporean character".

Singapore is the only country I know of where Singaporeans do not support Singaporeans. It is time to change that.

Jack Neo has done a good job in putting subtle yet clear messages in every corner. I'm pleased to hear that he survived the censors and hope he did not antagonize the government. I heard that this movie also has gotten the attention of the media and our government.

The issues brought up in this movie are all real and reasons why I chose to leave Singapore. This movie made me homesick instantly.

I want to congratulate Jack Neo and his team for their courage to pursue this film. You have the courage that I didn't have. Press on.

If you're a Singaporean and you've not watched it yet, please do.

If you're a parent, please re-think about what "best for your kid".

If you're an executive, ang-moh's are not superior.

If a guy litters, you're not being kay poh to ask him to pick it up.

Living in America, it is not my ability in the English language that make me proud. It is my ability in the Chinese language, culture & history that sets me apart from the rest. Don't forget your roots.

I wish all of us, Singaporeans, luck.

Sincerely, Hokkien Peng


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