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Assholes: A Theory (2019)

Inspired by the NYT bestselling book, this lively philosophical investigation into the rise of asshole behaviour across the world asks: What does it mean to be an asshole, and more importantly, how do we stop their proliferation?

Director:

John Walker

Writers:

Aaron James (inspired by "Assholes: A Theory"), John Walker | 2 more credits »
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John Cleese ... Self
Suji Gelerman Suji Gelerman ... Self
Robert I. Sutton Robert I. Sutton ... Self
Geoffrey Nunberg ... Self
Aaron James Aaron James ... Self
Sherry Lee Benson-Podolchuk Sherry Lee Benson-Podolchuk ... Self
Aimée Morrison Aimée Morrison ... Self
Johnathan Gilmore Johnathan Gilmore ... Self
Sherry F. Colb Sherry F. Colb ... Self
Saule Omarova Saule Omarova ... Self
Robert Hockett Robert Hockett ... Self
Bill Emmott Bill Emmott ... Self
Edoardo Albinati Edoardo Albinati ... Self
Lorella Zanardo Lorella Zanardo ... Self
Tim Parks Tim Parks ... Self
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After stumbling upon Philosophy professor Aaron James's titular book, filmmaker John Walker presents theories centered on the type general society classifies as the "asshole". In attempting to define the term, James himself comes up with someone who "allows himself special advantages in cooperative life out of an entrenched sense of entitlement that immunizes him against the complaints from other people". The issues discussed in the film include: the association between narcissism and assholism; the difference between an asshole and a prick or a dick; the prevalence of assholism in men versus women; the asshole culture in Los Angeles and in Canada, the latter known as land of overly polite and unassuming people (with a few individuals, the so-called national sport, and one public sector organization being dissected in the discussion in being contrary to the perception that Canada has a difficult time producing assholes); if being an asshole is a born or learned trait; certain ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

24 March 2019 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Assholes: A Theory See more »

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)
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