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Stupidity Documentary Held Over at Clinton Street Theater

Due to popular demand, the hit documentary Stupidity is held over at Clintons.


This review from Portland's Newsweekly
Williamette Week

Stupidity

In one of the most compelling and entertaining films of the year, documentarian Albert Nerenberg asks one simple question: What is stupidity? It's much harder to answer than you might think, for, as Einstein theorized, the universe and stupidity are the only things that are infinite--and he had his doubts about the former. Amazingly, there has been no real academic study on stupidity, and there are only a handful of serious books on the topic, but that doesn't stop Nerenberg from blazing forward. The result is a sometimes funny, sometimes terrifying look at the human race and the stupid things it has done over the course of time. One of the theories Stupidity puts forth is that people prefer the act of "resisting intelligence," as it makes them feel more comfortable. In other words, ignorance is bliss. Which would explain why this country is in so much trouble. Thankfully, Nerenberg isn't content with simply pointing a finger and saying things like, "Bush is a moron." Instead, he offers some surprising theories, offering much intelligence behind the veneer of idiocy. Along with Super Size Me, Stupidity is one of the most important films you can see in town this week. Don't miss it. NR (DW)
Due to popular demand, the hit documentary Stupidity is held over at Clintons Street Theater


This review from Portland's Newsweekly
Williamette Week

Stupidity, the Documentary

"In one of the most compelling and entertaining films of the year, documentarian Albert Nerenberg asks one simple question: What is stupidity? It's much harder to answer than you might think, for, as Einstein theorized, the universe and stupidity are the only things that are infinite--and he had his doubts about the former. Amazingly, there has been no real academic study on stupidity, and there are only a handful of serious books on the topic, but that doesn't stop Nerenberg from blazing forward. The result is a sometimes funny, sometimes terrifying look at the human race and the stupid things it has done over the course of time. One of the theories Stupidity puts forth is that people prefer the act of "resisting intelligence," as it makes them feel more comfortable. In other words, ignorance is bliss. Which would explain why this country is in so much trouble. Thankfully, Nerenberg isn't content with simply pointing a finger and saying things like, "Bush is a moron." Instead, he offers some surprising theories, offering much intelligence behind the veneer of idiocy. Along with Super Size Me, Stupidity is one of the most important films you can see in town this week. Don't miss it. NR (DW) "
Crap 04.Jun.2004 18:26

Ed Harley

I wasted $6 on this pile of crap so you don't have to. What a massively overhyped, useless waste of time. There's not an interesting, original or thought-provoking idea in the whole shitheap of a film. Spend your $6 on a half-rack of beer - it'll last longer and give you the same throbbing headache.

In a word: stupid. 04.Jun.2004 20:54

Spir

I agree this movie is over-rated and delivers minimally. They completely ignore the large amount of sociology and anthropology research into social stigma and deviant behavior. The cinematography is a music video style stream of sound and visual bites without much coherence.

Rent "This is Nowhere" instead, an excellent documentary from High Plains Films that explores the culture of ardent RVers who "camp" in Walmart parking lots.

I fucking loved it 19.Aug.2004 14:38

Sindar

It's not for everyone. But I really laughed.