Shut Up Little Man! (2011)



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When two friends tape-recorded the fights of their violently noisy neighbours, they accidentally created one of the world's first 'viral' pop-culture sensations. Exploring the blurred boundaries between privacy, art and exploitation, Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure is a darkly hilarious modern fable. -- (C) Official Site

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Art House & International, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Matthew Bate
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 24, 2012
Tribeca Films - Official Site


as Mike Mitchell (VI)

as Daniel Clowes

as Henry S. Rosenthal

as Mitchell Deprey

as Eddie Guerriero
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Critic Reviews for Shut Up Little Man!

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (12)

The unsuspecting stars (who died in 1992 and '96, respectively) begin to seem less like nightmare neighbors and more like the victims of rampant exploitation and voyeurism.

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Bate chronicles the whole wooly story with admirable clarity and resourcefulness, even when a lack of visual material forces him to resort too often to reenactment and dramatization.

Full Review… | September 23, 2011
Washington Post
Top Critic

Casts a wide net of inquiry over this sometimes appalling story, which raises timely questions about the differences between creation and exploitation.

Full Review… | September 22, 2011
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It's a strange story, and the stylish and well-edited documentary "Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure" gets it down. But yet it doesn't quite get it.

Full Review… | September 16, 2011
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

For the most part, this is a feature-length documentary that begs to be turned into a YouTube clip -- junky and ephemeral.

Full Review… | September 16, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

Goes from funny to not funny in about the length of time it takes for the lawyers to get involved.

Full Review… | September 15, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Shut Up Little Man!


Eddie Sausage and Mitch Deprey turn their loud, hellish neighbors into veritable cash-cows, blurring the line between artistic freedom and invasive exploitation.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


Two arty, smart-ass twentysomethings start recording the wildly abusive arguments of their bitter, drunk neighbors, and the resulting tapes become a perverse, underground sensation. It's a rather silly, trivial story, so this low-budget documentary inevitably doesn't offer much food for thought. Still, it's an entertaining film that is over fast enough to avoid becoming a chore. It could have been even shorter, though -- tangents into other found-audio snickers such as the Tube Bar prank calls and Orson Welles' frozen-peas commercial seem indulgent and unnecessary. But you won't want to miss the landmark moment when the woozy, elderly Peter repeats his signature catchphrase on camera -- for fans of these tapes, it's like hearing a lost recording of the Gettysburg Address.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer


Interesting to a point, but it fell very short. Shut Up Little Man started with a lot of promise and I thought they did a job telling the story of how the guys got there and how the recording became "viral", but unfortunately they kept the film about themselves instead of doing research to delve into the lives of the true central characters, Ray and Pete. I would have loved to learn more about where these two men came from and just learn more about who they were as people. Simple research, especially considering that they received government checks, could have given them a berth of information to find out about their family, upbringing and much, much more. I would have loved to see their story matched with the fantastic footage they had of how it influenced so many artists (performance and visual) around the world.

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