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Xiaohai bu ben (2002)

Story about life of 3 EM3's student in Singapore, who struggling with their education and personal life.


Jack Neo


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
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


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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English | Mandarin | Hokkien

Release Date:

9 February 2002 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Boku, baka janai See more »

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Box Office


SGD 1,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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

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A Nutshell Review: (DVD) I Not Stupid (2002)
15 January 2006 | by DICK STEELSee all my reviews

OK, I admit that the reason why I'm watching this - it's homework for the upcoming sequel which I intend to watch when it's released in the local theaters. Therefore I needed to be acquainted with the source material other than bits and pieces from the extended television serial.

Jack Neo has made movies which have been box-office successes locally, grossing millions, starting with the very popular, but very raw, Money No Enough. It captured the attention and appealed to the heart-landers, who gave him a resounding vote of confidence at the box office. Following that are many social dramadies like That One No Enough, Liang Po Po, and the likes.

But perhaps none struck the chord so closely, as that jab at the typical Singaporean kiasu-parents, school administrators who are fearful of their rankings, the much criticized EM1-2-3 streaming in primary schools, and the introduction of perceived foreign talent on our shores.

And that's what I Not Stupid is about, and more. Compared to his previous movies, I Not Stupid has matured in refining its story telling techniques, having social issues subtly weaved into its dialog, and giving the audience the ability to draw chuckles out of caricatures of the government in its characters (Selena Tan as the big-momma, dressed in all white, all the time, anyone?) The casting also took some major changes, without having J-Team members as lead characters here. The 3 child leads did quite OK, given that they have veterans actors as their parents helped a lot too.

The plot did seem to wear on as it seemed to drag to make it 2 hours, which contributed to quite a bit of plot holes. Also, some subplots seemed unnecessary too, or if retained in the film, wasn't succinct to the point, like the kidnapping subplot.

However, if you've been following Jack Neo's movies, then it is marked improvement. The jokes are less slapstick, though it was kinda strange to have characters telling jokes, and everyone around laughing. Not that it was bad, just quite unnaturally acted.

So am I ready for I Not Stupid Too? Frankly, yes. Though the trailer did not reveal too much except for the public caning scene, I'm silently geared up for more social issues being taken to the stand, and awaiting to see how Jack Neo spins them together for another ride.

Special Edition Code 3 DVD contains 2 music videos from the movie, song lyrics, packaged into a pictorial book containing the synopsis and cast and crew interviews and biographies.

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