You have to be a bit courageous to name a documentary “Boredom,” knowing it will eventually land in the hands of a snarky reviewer looking for an easy joke. Albert Nerenberg, the director behind other documentaries looking at everyday phenomena (“Laughology,” “Stupidity”) wanted to explore this common life experience: what boredom is, how it happens, and what effects it has on people.
In doing so, Nerenberg uses a variety of filmmaking styles, from research presented by experts, to B-roll and stock footage, to dramatizations and “Daily Show” style interviews meant as much to amuse as entertain.
Nerenberg warns us early on that there isn’t much research on the actual topic of boredom. It’s apparently a subject that sparks more curiosity and questions than it does answers.The documentary does pull together a variety of experts, however, from psychologists and neurologists to scholars on topics like education and technology.
Boredom results from a combination of three things: an unstimulating environment, a repetitious activity, and the need for constant vigilance of the repetitious activity in an unstimulating environment. But while you may think that boredom results from inactivity in brain usage, it turns out that boredom actually occurs from an over-stimulated mind. In fact, when bored, the brain is moving so fast that it distorts the concept time—hence that feeling that time is going even slower when you’re bored.
That's the big question being answered today by Hollywood.com. Of course, when it comes to Sandler films, "stupid" is not necessarily a pejorative term; after all, some of his funniest skits and gags are intentionally dumb. It's just how he rolls, you know?
But with "Jack and Jill" hitting theaters today, people are starting to ask: Just how dumb is too dumb? And that's where Hollywood.com's brilliant new Adam Sandler Stupidity Scale comes into play.
The idea, like many of Sandler's films, is so simple a small child could understand it: All of Sandler movies, ranked from smartest to dumbest on one easy-to-read chart. Of course, since the Adam Sandler Stupidity Scale doesn't actually include "Jack and Jill" on it, you'll still have to go see it yourself to find out just how dumb it actually is. But for everything else,
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