One of the first distinctive Singaporean films, I Not Stupid is a comedy depicting the adventures of three Primary six pupils who are placed into the EM3 stream - meaning they are deemed academically inferior to their peers. The movie covers a lot of serious topics such as the educational system and government policies in Singapore, while remaining comedic to Singaporeans and non-Singaporeans alike.
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The best Singapore move of its time
I am an avid fan of Jack Neo's movies. His personal life is his own to hold, his movies have shown to be top class one after another.
This movie was released when I was in primary school. The movie was an explosive success, taking the country by storm. The comics were printed and sold in record time. The movie spawned a darker second installment, and it was just as brilliant. This series is influential.
Suddenly left and right in school I hear lousy jokes pertaining to "it's the end!" and my friends trying to erase their names off scripts and substitute each other's to mess with the teachers. The movie highlighted our true nature and made jokes in good fun about it.
An amazing movie, pride of Singapore.
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Typical of jack.
Have i mentioned before? I love Jack Neo's productions. Amazingly, his productions always reflects true life in Singapore, and every time I watch his movies, I feel a connection with the actors and can reflect upon the situations.
His shows always have some underlying meaning and lesson to pass on to the audience. ALSO, it is hilarious! It is good stuff all in one. This show especially, is really meaningful to us students and even parents. Parents can through this show understand the thoughts of their rebellious kids, and kids can understand the difficulty that parents face.
The jokes they crack are hilarious, I welcome a meaningful comedy anytime. I can't count the number of times I've watched this movie.
Because this film is a local production, one may make the hasty assumption that it will just be another average movie. However, I think that this movie exceeds expectations by far!
The story is a simple one, concerning the stereotypical way Singaporean parents and school children are viewed, but the script has been written brilliantly. All the injections of humour are successful and close to the heart of every true Singaporean, hence it definitely tickles us to the last minute! Jack Neo is known for making comedic movies, and this one definitely does not lack in showing his unique skills of displaying Singaporean comedy.
Comedy aside, the movie also brings out some very important morals that a family should take note of in order to maintain a happy relationship. The simple lessons learnt are hardly applied in day to day life and this movie just brings all of these lessons out clearly and lays them before us. Learning lessons in a fun and entertaining way may, in fact, be the best way to learn!
Overall, I really enjoyed the movie very much, including the sequel, I not stupid 2, which revolves around a similar storyline and in my opinion is even funnier than the first.
This is one film that exemplifies the Singaporean spirit; being kiasu. Although time has passed since I Not Stupid first hit our screens, the message that was sent all those years ago still resonates strongly in today's society - how Singaporeans perceive those who aren't academically inclined to be inferior beings.
It is an extremely touching story, and is rather funny as well. This film first introduces us to up-and-coming actors, most prominently Shawn and Joshua, successful child actors in their own right. I highly recommend anyone who hasn't had the chance to watch this movie to go catch it, and relive what was/is the education system and the effects it had on the children.
One of the few local films i'd dare recommend to others for viewing. Directed by renowned Singaporean producer Jack Neo, tongue-in-cheek humour is used to address higher issues as education & government policies, successfully managing to keep overall tone of the film light-hearted.
Reasonable plot with just the right touch of emotion, this is one good for the whole family, young & old. Catch it, I say!
One of the local films that I wouldn't mind watching over and over.
I probably have said this before, but I'll say it again: I am not one to just watch any Chinese language film, but when I was a kid and I Not Stupid was out, all the hype and rave over the local movie got me and my family to catch it!
Despite being a primary school kid, I could understand the show easily, probably because it was about primary school kids. I like how Jack Neo portrayed how the primary school system works, and how it shows Singaporean parents typically treat their children in terms of studies. As a kid, this show opened my mind to the kind of parent I do not want to be when I get married and have my own children in the future, and also taught me that I should learn to dream and have a passion despite living in this cruel world where results mean everything to almost any company.
Till today, I can watch this movie, whether it comes out on TV, or a friend happens to own the disc, and reminisce about the old primary school days and also have a good laugh at the show. In fact, the more I watch, the more I understand the film more and more as compared to how much I understood when I was a child.
I find that the second show was rather farfetched and not as good as its predecessor, but both are nice to watch to stir in a mixture of emotions, mostly laughs of course (sadistic or not). I remember that the film also got me excited about the spin-off series on Channel 8 later on, which hardly ever happens to me nowadays, hehe. One of my cousins could even remember most of the dialogue of the film, which shows how much she loved/saw it.
A great and timeless local movie, no doubt. For those who haven't watched it, especially the current generation of youngsters, do catch it, and you might see how different your life is/was compared to that of the kids in the film.
Fun and heart wrenching
This must be one of the best shows ever by Jack Neo and as usual takes a dig at the Government with a tinge of humor, well insulting yet entertaining at the same time that never fails to bring laughter every time I watched it.
I could still remember a few scenes from the movie, such as the mother of Terry (the only guy i could remember) wearing all white like PAP, and how she got pressed against the fence. There was also the scene where one of the boys was trying to study, serve customers and feed his sister at the same time. It was a show that tried to show many faces of Singapore parents and kids stereotypes during that period.
I really like the part of the boy winning an international award and letting his mum feel so proud and happy just before she died.. it was really sad to see that scene.
But overall, this movie was the best. I think there were some sequel to it, but nothing beats the first.
While the other 2 boys have grown up and are now the new faces in many local movies, I wondered what happened to Terry?
Spot-on in depicting local culture & mannerisms!
One of the first local films to have such an impact on us Singaporeans was I Not Stupid. I remember the stereotypical characters and the social stigmas portrayed in the movie to great accuracy by Jack Neo, especially the unavoidable gap between EM3 students and the rest of the school students.
I vividly remember the character played by Selena Tan, the insensitive and domineering mother. I guess this typifies many parents in Singapore, especially when the dreaded PSLE is around the corner. The light-hearted moments in the movie were well-placed and did not harm the plot or the continuity of the story.
A good insight with our mirror neurons.
I Not Stupid, in my opinion, is a great film leading Singaporeans and even foreigners to be more aware of the uninended effect modern Singapore has caused. Issues such as paper chase, to fame and statuses, to child upbring were highlighted. Using our mirror neurons (mirror neurons are believed to be what allow us to learn and show empathy), we put ourselves in other people's shoes and realise, these issues are things that we are oblivious to or are ignoring.
I had witnessed a shocking incident. A mum and her child were conversing about the day in school and I heard alot of critisim, on her classmates. "Your classmate is very stupid" was repeatedly said many times among both the mum and child. I was totally speechless and disgusted. A similar scene in the movie (well, just the saying of stupid).
After watching this film, there were few insights I had gained. Those who are less academically inclined are also people who have worth and certainly geniuses in their own niche, which unfortunately, many were not giving the opportunities to discover it. I am sure it is normal for one (me too) to feel better or superior to others. But I think the main idea is to accept others for who they are and believe their worth and talent (even if you or even himself are unaware).
Just a random thought, shouldn't our national pledge includes accepting people regardless of academic achievements? ;)
Overall, the film has done a great job in highlighting issues faced nowadays and with all the comical scenes, this film is a must-watch.
This is a movie that allow people to laugh and cry, and I had not had a chance to finish crying, the next scene is funny. I have to agree that this really is Singapore's education system. Parents want their children to be the best; I believe the only parents can understand this part of the movie. The film did not only earn money, but also earned the laughter and tears of the people. I have learned some psychology, regarding affixing people a label. This means when person A says person B stupid for many times, person B will really think that he or she is stupid. So I think that the education system in Singapore should be change. Buy affixing someone a label; a few will be like the three protagonist of the movie, moves out from the label that people affixed.
can be related
This movie is mainly about a group of primary school students that are divided into different streams, the better ones and the not so good ones. The parents do not like their kids to hang out with the students from the not that good stream. It can be related as there are parents like this in today's world. I also think that this movie somehow portrays the life of a typical Singaporean student, where they face competition in school.
It does have a sense of humor in this movie as well as touching moments. It shows that anything is possible as long as we work hard in it. The boy in the EM3 stream was able to score a good score and prove people wrong that students from EM3 stream were not able to study well.