Shut Up Little Man! Reviews
September 15, 2014
Interesting story but you really feel bad for the neighbours being made a joke and a cash cow for two jerks who recorded them without their permission. But they, it's for art..... yeah right.
February 8, 2013
An interesting documentary that made me laugh. Its funny how today this exact thing is all over the internet and so common, though seeing it go "viral" though cassette tape was pretty cool. Seeing the actual guy get interviewed who had no idea that this was a phenomenon was kind of sad but interesting to watch none the less.
February 23, 2014
I would have liked to see more about the struggle to make the 3 different movies, that could be a whole doc in itself.
February 21, 2014
Mildly amusing documentary that raises a number of interesting topics (including voyeurism, privacy, and art vs. profitability issues), but does little or nothing with them. Worst of all, it never demonstrates why these recordings were so funny/popular in the first place. They come off as a "you had to be there" moments.
May 17, 2013
If you enjoy watching greedy little men trying to exploit the broken lives of others then this one is for you. Otherwise don't waste your time.
April 7, 2013
Record this surreptitiously, enjoy the crazy human condition it reveals, then make a tape of it an pass it along to your friends.
March 24, 2013
/C+/ This documentary spends a lot of time telling us that the subject matter is funny. Interesting story, but the partial focus on the recorders isn't necessary or interesting.
March 10, 2013
Sad state of affairs.
February 20, 2013
Started out liking it, but it dawns on you that the two "tapers" are gigantic assholes.
February 13, 2013
An OK, light documentary. I'd recommend "Winnebago Man" as a similar & better doc.
December 24, 2012
Maybe I'm being too hard on this film by rating it at 2.5 stars because I absolutely grew to despise the two frat-like boys who opportunistically have profited off of others' PRIVATE misery. For a much more humane and original handling of similar subject matter (viral media), turn to Winnebago Man.
December 23, 2012
Great first hour, then it dissolves into reality TV.
December 18, 2012
While the recordings of the two neighbors are interesting, as is the phenomenon that grew out of them, I have to wonder why that phenomenon existed and how so many people (namely, the two younger men who created the recordings in the first place) think that it's so cool that two old, clueless men had hours and hours of conversation they had in their home mass-distributed and commercialized. To that end, the hysteria behind what came out of the recordings seems exaggerated about a thousand times as to what they really were - a kinda-funny premise embraced by nerds and geeks that thrive on pop culture, from what I took away. The two "masterminds" behind the recordings are clearly proud - arrogantly so, in fact - of what they have created, and the film ends up painting them as assholes rather than geniuses. They're way too proud of something that was actually more dickish than artistic. The production of the documentary is also noticeably low-quality. Ray and Pete were certainly interesting and funny guys, but even the run time of just shy of an hour and a half seems like too long to dwell on the joke behind it all.
December 9, 2012
I didn't find the subjects who were being recorded fascinating, but the people who were obsessed with these recordings. Morals really come into play, and that's kinda the real focus.
November 29, 2012
Everyone does stupid shit when they are in their young twenties. Eddie Sausage and Mitch Deprey couldn't see the fine line of growing up and moving on. Instead they tried to capitalize on it.
November 18, 2012
I thought this was a cool one. An interesting perspective on how things went 'viral' just before the internet in the early 90's. Aside from that, a hell of an interesting and funny story.
October 31, 2012
Proof that it is ok to use your wits to deal with unwelcome intrusions.
September 29, 2012
A very well done documentary.
June 25, 2012
Fascinating! I don't know where I was when all this was happening :). Raises a lot of thought-provoking questions about art, privacy, decency, copyright, etc. without necessarily taking a stand on any of them. It's tough to be objective, but Bate does a pretty good job. There's a lot of grey area here, and he doesn't try to resolve it.