The Idiots

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Released 2000

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The Idiots

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Director:
Lars von Trier
Released:
2000
Rating:
R
A group of perfectly intelligent young people decide to react to society's cult of an aimless, non-creative and non-responsible form of intelligence by living together in a community of "idiots". Their main activity becomes going out into the world of "normal" people and pretending to be mentally retarded. They take advantage of this situation to create anarchy everywhere they go and try by every possible means to make people annoyed, disturbed, miserable, ridiculous, angered, and shocked. The films start as they recruit a new lost soul and introduced her to their megalomaniac leader.

Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A highly calculated act of mischief that sounds like a stunt cooked up for Howard Stern's radio show.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    The group's intent is not to insult those physically or mentally challenged in any manner of degree but, rather, to disturb middle-class types as much as they possibly can.

  • 10

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Has nothing on its mind besides the squirming discomfort of its audience, the achievement of which it holds up as a brave political accomplishment.

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