Movie Review: The Stupids

This content of this post originally appeared in the “JNL” section of the Janesville Gazette.

This movie could be called a “Dumb and Dumber” for kids because it has the same mixed-up kind of plot and the same kind of spaced-out characters.

Jessica Lundy and Tom Arnold star as Joan and Stanley Stupid. Their children are Buster and Petunia (played by Bug Hall and Alex McKenna). Joan and Stanley think someone has stolen their garbage (the garbage truck has taken it away) so they go in relentless pursuit of it. Stanley accidentally stumbles into a gang of thieves.

This movie is a mixture of humorous small plots (Stanley once worked for the US. Postal Service, got suspicious about all the letters marked “Return to Sender” and got fired for asking his boss who Sender was).

It’s hard to understand why they show the sky with stars and aliens; you figure it out later in the movie. Also, it looks kind of funny having computer-animated pets with real people. But I guess they had to be computer-animated for some of the stunts they had to do.

Overall, this is a totally outrageous and hilarious movie with a plot that adults might find kind of pointless but most younger kids will love.


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