The Stupids

  • Film
  • Comedy
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The Stupids are a weird family, but entirely lacking the intriguingly dysfunctional nature of, say, the Simpsons (which Tom Arnold used to write). Ex-mailman Stanley (Arnold), Joan (Lundy), and kids Buster (Hall) and sweet Petunia (McKenna) inhabit a '50s world of candy-stripe colours, gingham bows, puff skirts and alien-movie speech patterns. Their true provenance, however, is American children's television and its dim never-never land of permutational studio sitcoms. The dumb surreal - Stanley taking the goldfish for a walk, the expostulations on the weekly theft of their garbage - one can accept. But the rambling, episodic narrative, laden with naff sight gags, dissipates attention in minutes.

Release details

Duration: 94 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Landis
Screenwriter: Brent Forrester
Cast: Tom Arnold
Jessica Lundy
Bug Hall
Alex McKenna
Mark Metcalf
Matt Keeslar
Christopher Lee
David Cronenberg
Costa-Gavras
Gillo Pontecorvo
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