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Shut Up Little Man!2011

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

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Mike Mitchell
as Mike Mitchell (VI)
Daniel Clowes
as Daniel Clowes
Henry S. Rosenthal
as Henry S. Rosenthal
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Critic Reviews for Shut Up Little Man!

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (19)

What starts as a clever comedy piece about the popularity of the actual recordings becomes something more poignant when director Matthew Bate starts asking questions about privacy and unwanted celebrity.

October 14, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5.0 | Full Review…

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.

October 13, 2011 | Full Review…

It's a fascinating, occasionally nauseating tale of wasted human life, energy, and brain cells.

October 9, 2011 | Full Review…

Bate's facile and dispiriting documentary never makes a case for why this particular slice of audio verité required resurrecting from the graveyard of pop culture arcana.

October 7, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/5 | 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.

September 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.

September 22, 2011 | Rating: 3/4

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
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

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