Testing: Post-POTUS Cognitive Exam: Films About IQ Tests & Quizzes

After U.S. President Trump’s recent cognitive test for dementia, the accompanying results (he ‘aced it’), and former Vice President Joe Biden’s lack of a test, the consequent furor got me thinking about exams and quizzes in the movies. 
Motion pictures where natural aptitude goes against officialdom (Gattaca) and even the gifted/privileged resort to cheating (Quiz Show). 2006 and 1994 were particularly good years for these kind of films.
I know not why.


IQ TEST: Particularly appropriate:

Obtaining I.Q. and aptitude tests (Idiocracy, short scene)

“If you have one bucket that contains 2 gallons and another bucket that contains 7 gallons, how many buckets do you have?” – IPAA Machine

The Thinning (2016)


THE THINNING - Official Trailer (HD)


Exam (2009)  

🎥 EXAM (2009) | Full Movie Trailer in HD | 1080p


The History Boys (2006)


The History Boys - Women in History


Your Starter for Ten (2006)



Starter For Ten trailer


Severance (2006)



Gattaca (1997)


Gattaca 1997 Ethan Hawke


Quiz Show (1994)


Quiz Show - Trailer


IQ (1994)



The Parallax View (1974)


The Parallax View (8/10) Movie CLIP - Recruitment Test (1974) HD


A Clockwork Orange (1971)


A Clockwork Orange - Ludovico Center [Scene 10]

And in TV – the classic Seinfeld IQ test (see also Frasier, The Simpsons):

They’re also plethora of movies where the protagonist suddenly gets super-smart; submitted for your approval:
  • The Bourne Legacy (2012)  
  • Limitless (2011)
  • No Flowers for Algernon (2000) 
  • Molly (1999) 
  • The Lawnmower Man (1992)
  • The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)
  • Charly (1968)
And stupidity of course, mistaken for profundity…

Being There (1979):


Being There Seasons

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