Has nothing on its mind besides the squirming discomfort of its audience, the achievement of which it holds up as a brave political accomplishment.
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Tries to be daring and iconoclastic but winds up seeming as spoiled and childish as its main characters.
This is thoughtful nihilist provocation at best.
It's overtly about provocation, set in a tony Danish suburb where a group of men and women living commune-style in an empty house are discovering their "inner idiots" by pretending to be developmentally challenged.
The group's intent is not to insult those physically or mentally challenged in any manner of degree but, rather, to disturb middle-class types as much as they possibly can.
Becomes guilty of the very prejudice that his film has so obviously tried to subvert. It's too bad -- the rest of it is hilarious.
It's interesting - in its own let-it-all-hang-out, shaky-camera way.
A highly calculated act of mischief that sounds like a stunt cooked up for Howard Stern's radio show.
With shocking humor and surprising grace, Von Trier creates something unique and memorable.
Demonstrates that sadomasochistic streak in von Trier that equates the raw with the experimental.