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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 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
Suet-Yee Chan Suet-Yee Chan ... Selena Khoo (as Cheryl Chan)
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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Drama | Comedy

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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 »

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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I urge all parents to watch this
6 July 2002 | by lulu88See all my reviews

I urge all parents to watch this with their children and/or teenagers if possible. This movie is based in Singapore and is mostly targeted against the Singaporean society and government (no chewing gum, etc.), but the struggle between parents and youngsters are universal -- "I'm doing this for your own good", "Why do adults always say I'm wrong?". The defects of an education system that stresses on English and Mathematics are common to most Asian countries as well. Watch it -- and you will certainly find something sweet or bitter you've been through. The message is brought out in a much better way than the government promotions to "lend your child an ear".


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Country:

Singapore

Language:

English | Mandarin | Hokkien

Release Date:

9 February 2002 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

小孩不笨 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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