Director: Jack Neo
Starring: Shawn Lee, Ashley Leong, Joshua Ang,
Jack Neo, Xiang Yun, Huang Yi Liang, Selena Tan, Johnny Ng and
Released By: Mediacorp Raintree Pictures, Scorpio
East Pictures & UIP
Day: 26 January 2006
NOT STUPID TOO is a comedy centered on the theme of generation
gaps parents are facing with their children. It probes into
the difficult relationships parents have with their children
today. Set in Singapore's fast-paced society, the movie is
seen through the eyes of an eight year old Jerry, unveiling
how he and his older brother Tom face the pressures of school
and demands of their wealthy but ever-bickering parents and
how Tom's friend Cheng Cai is often misunderstood by his teacher
at school and his single widower father.
was the last time someone praised you? When was the last time
you praised someone? These are the questions posed before
the audience in Jack Neo’s latest offering, I Not Stupid
Too. In being the follow-up to 2002’s insightful comedy,
I Not Stupid, the cast remains largely the same, but the characters
are entirely new.
this day and age of our society, parents are often too busy
to spend time with their children and more often than not,
this causes a breakdown in communication among members of
the family. Jack Neo explores this social issue by telling
the tale of three boys through the eyes of the youngest one,
9 year-old Jerry (Ashley Leong). The story revolves around
him and his older brother Tom (Shawn Lee), along with Tom’s
best friend, Cheng Cai (Joshua Ang) as they each face the
trials and tribulations of being a child growing up in modern
several of his other movies, Neo provides not just a take
on the Singaporean culture but also the government’s
conduct to various matters, this time one regarding youths
and the local school system. As with its predecessor, I Not
Stupid Too uses scenarios that are sometimes largely exaggerated
to in order to drive the point home.
the first movie, it brings a very honest and ‘in your
face’ view on local subjects that are close to many
Singaporeans’ hearts and minds. But what sets the second
apart from the first, is that despite all the laughs it gives,
this movie does take on a more serious view on matters and
there are scenes that will shock you, including even one of
a parent dying.
Leong is immensely entertaining as an innocent and naïve
boy with a big heart. Some of his expressions are priceless
moments that will have you laughing out loud, or crying and
really feeling for him.
Lee and Joshua Ang share the screen equally as both take on
their roles very well. Both are blessed with not only fine
acting talents, but good looks too. Though overall Joshua’s
role was more demanding as the son of an ex-convict who faces
abuse and troubles in school, Shawn’s character has
several pivotal scenes as well including one about public
canning in school. They both have promising careers of being
the next big things in the local film industry.
all movies, there are certain cons about it. One was the use
of digital animation, which was not necessary for most scenes.
The use of it ruined the “genuine” feel and frankly
would have done much better without. Also, the obvious product
placements plotted throughout the scenes marred the story’s
perfection, but thankfully, on the whole it does not manage
to hinder the main purpose too much.
This flick is one that all Singaporeans should go see, especially
those of families with children who are entering their teens.
From the coffee shop auntie to the rule-abiding principal,
there are many characters that locals will be able to identify
with. Credit goes to Jack Neo for another entertaining piece.
good local movie that will have laughing in stitches and crying
at certain points. Make sure you bring the tissues along just
by Jolene Tan