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The Gods Must Be Crazy

When a tribe of African bushman find a piece of litter thrown from a plane, they assume it must be a gift from the Gods. That is until the soda-pop bottle starts to cause all kinds of trouble within their social order. But when Xixo (N!xau) decides to return the offering (by throwing it off the end of the Earth), he runs into even more problems -- in the form of civilized man. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: C
Sexual Content: B
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 109
Theater Release: 21 Aug 1981
Video Release: 03 Feb 2004
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

How does the narrator’s cynical wit show the film writers’ bias feelings about the Bushmen and civilized man? How do you feel about the conveniences and technologies of modern world?

What motivates people like the character Kate Thompson to leave their day-jobs? What kind of rewards are you looking for in life?

The character Andrew Steyn becomes a complete klutz whenever he is around a woman. What things bring out your worst traits? What is your most embarrassing moment?

While breaking U.S. box office records for a foreign film, controversy has often followed this movie, including the depictions of the bushmen. With the death of N!xau in the summer of 2003, the UK publication Guardian Unlimited offers a little additional information in N!xau’s obituary.

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About the Reviewer: Donna Gustafson

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