Shut Up Little Man!

2011

Shut Up Little Man!

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68%

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62%

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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

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  • 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.

    Oct 13, 2011 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Sep 23, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Casts a wide net of inquiry over this sometimes appalling story, which raises timely questions about the differences between creation and exploitation.

    Sep 22, 2011 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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.

    Sep 16, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • For the most part, this is a feature-length documentary that begs to be turned into a YouTube clip -- junky and ephemeral.

    Sep 16, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Goes from funny to not funny in about the length of time it takes for the lawyers to get involved.

    Sep 15, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shut Up Little Man!

  • Nov 17, 2011
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2011
    Eddie Sausage and Mitch Deprey turn their loud, hellish neighbors into veritable cash-cows, blurring the line between artistic freedom and invasive exploitation.
    Randy T Super Reviewer

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