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.
 
 

IDIOCRACY (2006) 

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
 
 
Also…
 

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)

 

Severance (2006) - Trailer

 

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):
 

Seinfeld - The IQ Test

 
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

Arnell Esq

Arnell Esq

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