Director: Albert Nerenberg
Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Entertainment One
DVD Release Date: August 12, 2014
Run Time: 61 minutes
Although there are more than a few interesting facts about boredom in modern society within Albert Nerenberg’s documentary, it also means enduring a great deal of the director’s personal sense of humor. Narrated by the director, he claims that the entire idea for a film for boredom was a result of the filmmaker losing his smart phone and having nothing to do while riding the train. While these deadpan jokes can be amusing at first, they grow tiring over the course of the 61-minute run time.
A great deal of the film is just filled with the director’s clever musings over the attention span of a society with a screen addiction. If we always have phones, computers, and televisions to keep us entertained, what are the consequences of killing off boredom. Some argue that the effects may be dramatically worse because we no longer have the ability to entertain ourselves, while others defend the ability to stave off boredom. Where this film succeeds beyond being a mildly amusing stand-up routine is in the actual facts brought into the documentary. Though the research is far from extensive, there were more than a few interesting theories and ideas gathered from these morsels of fact.
The DVD special features include a slightly accelerated version of the film, which comes in at 48 minutes, about thirteen minutes faster than the normal speed. There are two additional extras, including “Stages of Boredom,” and “The Mountain that Boredom Built.” Each is under five minutes.
Entertainment Value: 5.5/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 4.5/10
Historical Significance: 3/10