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Assholes: A Theory ()


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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?

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Suji Gelerman ...
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Robert I. Sutton ...
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Aaron James ...
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Sherry Lee Benson-Podolchuk ...
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Aimée Morrison ...
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Johnathan Gilmore ...
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Sherry F. Colb ...
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Saule Omarova ...
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Robert Hockett ...
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Bill Emmott ...
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Edoardo Albinati ...
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Lorella Zanardo ...
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Tim Parks ...
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Piercamillo Davigo ...
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Vladimir Luxuria ...
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Leslie Miley ...
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Bethanye McKinney Blount ...
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Mary Sarnataro ...
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Paul Purcell ...
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Leslie Dixon ...
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Julienne Cordy ...
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Rob Delano ...
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Dakota Gamble ...
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David Lewis ...
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Directed by

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John Walker

Written by

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Aaron James ... (inspired by "Assholes: A Theory")
 
John Walker ... (written by) &
Robert Sandler ... (written by)
 
Merrily Weisbord ... (story consultant)

Produced by

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Ann Bernier ... producer
Annette Clarke ... producer
John Walker ... producer

Music by

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Sandy Moore

Cinematography by

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Paul McCurdy

Film Editing by

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Jeff Warren

Editorial Department

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Robert Carrigan ... assistant online editor
Peter Giffen ... additional editing
Dave Mullins ... assistant editor
Carter Thurber ... assistant on-line editor
Brendon Wilson ... additional editing
Doug Woods ... colorist / on-line editor

Production Management

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Ann Bernier ... production manager
Roz Power ... production supervisor: NFB Quebec/Atlantic Studio

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Shelley Craig ... re-recording mixer
Max Hirtenstein ... sound mixer
Bob Melanson ... dialogue editor
Brian Power ... narration sound recording studio manager
Jim Rillie ... sound recordist
Alex Salter ... sound designer
Allan Scarth ... additional sound mix

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Matthew Lavin ... Drone Pilot/Camera Operator

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Ron McDougall ... animator

Music Department

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Norman Adams ... musician: cello
Étienne Chénard ... musician: viola
Michael Donovan ... musician: baritone
Justin Gaudreault ... technical consultant to sandy moore
Ken Mackay ... musician: clarinet, saxophone
Scott Mackey ... recording assistant
Connor MacLeod ... recording assistant
Silvio Pupo Montero ... musician: piano
Sandy Moore ... musician: piano
Damien Moynihan ... musician: drum kit
Lukas Pearse ... musician: bass
Susan Sayle ... musician: viola
Takoda Sullivan ... recording assistant
Darren van Niekerk ... audio engineer
Eileen Walsh ... musician: clarinet

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Merrily Weisbord ... story consultant

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Cynthia Amsden ... Festival Publicist
Katja De Bock ... publicist
Patricia Dillon-Moore ... publicist: NFB Quebec/Atlantic Studio
Elspeth Domville ... visual researcher
Angie Kokic ... production accountant
Johanna Lessard ... marketing manager: NFB Quebec/Atlantic Studio
Francesco Lonardi ... italy coordinator
Daniel Lord ... technical coordinator: NFB Quebec/Atlantic Studio
Chris MacIntosh ... technical coordinator: NFB Quebec/Atlantic Studio (as Christopher Macintosh)
Jennifer Mair ... publicist
Valerie Mansour ... researcher
Cheryl Murgatroyd ... production coordinator: NFB Quebec/Atlantic Studio
Oliver Neidhart ... researcher
Kelsey Power ... production coordinator
Leslie Poyntz ... studio administrator: NFB Quebec/Atlantic Studio (as Leslie Ann Poyntz)
Elena Dal Pra ... researcher
Stefano Santamato ... production assistant

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Elizabeth Klinck ... special thanks

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Plot Summary

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 groupings in which asshole behavior seems to be inherent; the effect of electing assholes as leaders of countries, they who usually espouse some sort of populism; the role of the online world, especially tech giants and trolls, in the evolution of assholism; and organizations, especially ones where assholes seem to be dominating figures, taking measures to eliminate assholism in seeing it as a structural problem negatively impacting the organization, including the bottom line. Examples from popular culture are used to highlight these concepts. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Drittsekkteorien (Norway)
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  • 81 min
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