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Idiocracy (2006)

Cast: Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, more...
Director: Mike Judge
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Comedies, Science Fiction
Running Time: 87 min.
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Mike Judge wrote and directed this offbeat sci-fi comedy which gives a new meaning to the expression "people are getting dumber all the time." Pvt. Joe Bowers (Luke Wilson) is a soldier chosen to take part in a secret military scientific experiment in which he will be put into induced hibernation for one year. Bowers is chosen for the assignment because he is statistically the most average man in the Army; however, Bowers is forgotten when the military base the experiment took place in closes down, and when he wakes up in the year 3001, he finds himself living in a society where intelligence has taken such a landslide he's now the smartest man in the world. What will Bowers do in a nation where an unremarkable man is elevated to the level of a genius? Produced under the title 3001, Idiocracy also stars Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, and Stephen Root. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Satire Lite 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 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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