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Satire Lite
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written by dalem March 3, 2007 - 11:16 AM PST
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
If your expectations are not too high, and you aren't anticipating a deeply intellectual experience (which would be antithetical to the topic, ultimately), then Idiocracy should be worth your time. Yes, it's over the top at times (OK, most of the time)...but it would take an unimaginably deft hand to handle this kind of biting satire any differently. And bite it does. The opening segment on reproduction and genetics provokes a "you must laugh, or you will cry" response. It's downhill from there, but a memorable ride...I suggest you will dwell on this film more than you will want to, and your next trip to a mall, big box, or (gawd forbid) WalMart will cause you some modestly serious reflection about our society, a little grief at what the film depicts as already evident around us, and hopefully a touch of the humor brought to the topic. One can almost sympathize with the studios not wanting to be associated with such sweeping and painful generalizations. I suspect the real reason for cutting loose was the anticipated backlash from the corporations that are mercilessly skewered in the film. If you want to see the likes of Starbucks, Carls Jr, and Fox News (now there's a couple of names you don't often see in the same sentence) take it on the chin, then Idiocracy is your movie.

dumb and dumber
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written by cammelltoe February 6, 2007 - 2:09 PM PST
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
anticipation ran high on mike judge's newest after tales of craven corporate cowardice in getting the film out to the public; if it scared the suits, it's got to be great! But, despite a refreshing spin on predominant sci-fi storytelling (the future is dumbed down, not quantam leaps ahead), an earnest lead performance from the reliable luke wilson and some good gags, "idiocracy" comes in anticlimatic in fulfillment. Sure, the film takes some bold swings at the corrosive influence of corporate culture on societies, and has the balls to name names (costco, starbucks) but, in the end, the general tone is too good natured--- or, less charitably, too soft-headed--- to cut too deep. Kind of like Judge's cult-canonized
previous feature, "office space".

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