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Actors: Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, Anthony 'Citric' Campos, David Herman
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
From Mike Judge, one of the creative minds behind Beavis and Butt-Head, King of the Hill and Office Space, comes an outrageous sci-fi comedy that'll make you think twice about the future of mankind. Meet Joe Bowers (Luke ... more »
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Susan S. from GOLDEN, CO
Reviewed on 3/1/2014...
Unfortunately, this comedy about the future intelligence of life on the American part of the planet is being fully realized right now! It would be funnier if it weren't so true! Love this movie!
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Vernon P. (Merlin)
Reviewed on 8/6/2013...
Parody? Satire? NO, this movie (which is actually billed as a comedy) is a PROPHECY! One that is rapidly being fulfilled, but nobody with an IQ below 115 would recognize that.
5 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.
Katie M. from LINCOLN, NE
Reviewed on 7/8/2011...
Great parody, scathing satire, sadly it wasn't funny. I like Mike Judge and have been a fan since the premier of B&H at the Sick & Twisted in La Jolla. This movie didn't do well, not because of "The Man" it just simply wasn't funny. One or two cute scenes (Justin Long was great) but the level of brutality (yes, I do get the MTV Jackass reference) just made it bitter and sad. Oh and the pimp coming back at the end of the credits....Say What?
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Tara S. from LAWRENCEVILLE, GA
Reviewed on 6/3/2011...
I find myself quoting this movie to my husband when we're in public A LOT. It's given us a secret way to make fun of the morons that cross our paths on a daily basis.
"My first wife was 'tarded. She's a pilot now."
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
A scathing satire on our modern society
C. Brielmaier | Kenton, OH United States | 03/12/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you hated this movie you either didn't get it or were one of the people that the opening narration talks about. This film is a scathing satire about the culture that is breeding things like Paris Hilton, Jerry Springer, and Girls Gone Wild and taking a look at where the United States could be if that culture continues to grow unchecked. The Result is a movie that while not as funny as Office Space, offers a humorous although somewhat frightening look at our society and pop culture. I think this movie is one of those films that will eventually become a cult favorite and generate an even larger following that Office Space has. If you are troubled by your little niece's obsession with being like Paris Hilton or are dismayed by what passes for entertainment these days then you need to see this movie.
Too hot for Fox to handle - grab it before it disappears for
Mark Shanks | Portland, OR | 02/06/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The way Fox handled this film is destined to become the stuff of legends, and itself should be sufficient reason to see it. Its release was delayed for years, the effects budget was cut drastically, it was never screened for critics and when it WAS released, it opened in a grand total of 130 theaters nationwide, and yanked very quickly after that.
There's enough discussion of the plot here, so I'll skip that. It owes an obvious debt to Kornbluth's "The Marching Morons", and that, too, is enough reason to see it. It is definitely one of the most bitter, cynical, and bleak movies I can recall viewing, and it has far more depth than a superficial look would convey. (I found myself hitting the "pause" button frequently - there's a LOT of details to check out.) The anti-corporate slams are fast and furious, and the scene of people playing the slots hoping for medical care is priceless. Those who complain that "it's dumb" obviously just don't get the point. (Maybe it's too much Fox News?)
Unfortunately, it loses energy in the second half with the contrived "romance". And in spite of what the case says, it is full-screen only. (The case claims it's widescreen, and double-sided.) It could have used some better effects and post-production work, but the studio wouldn't have it. A commentary would have really been welcome, too. What we have, then, is a flawed masterpiece, certainly a future cult film, and maybe, just maybe, one day Mike Judge will get to "finish" it *his* way. I know I'll be hoping."
Hilarious Dystopian Satire Muted by Distributor
Kasey Driscoll | 11/27/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Idiocracy, meaning rule of the stupid, is a dystopian film from Director Mike Judge (Office Space) that cost about $30 million to make but only made about half a million dollars because the film's distributor wanted nothing to do with promoting the film. There were no advertisements, no trailers, and the film was eventually released on just 130 screens in a limited amount of American cities. The film is written by successful veterans, stars some solid talent, and the CGI effects and art direction were likely not inexpensive. Unlike most films that a distributor ignores, Idiocracy was well-received by critics and I will echo here that it is indeed a very good satire. The distributor was of course Fox and they were likely embarrassed to release a film that does what any good dystopian tale does, and that is strongly denounce the self-destructive culture we currently live in and continue to facilitate.
Joe Bauers (Luke Wilson) is the military's most average soldier. He is literally tested to be of average intelligence, health, etc. Rita (Maya Rudolph) is a prostitute who is seemingly always fearful of her pimp Upgraydd. They are both selected as guinea pigs for a classified program that aims to place them in hibernation for one year. They are put into coffin-like chambers and forgotten about after the program dissolves. They are left there for 500 years until they awaken after their chambers are forced open by the great garbage avalanche of 2505. The setting they exist in is a low-intelligence society influenced by dysgenics, cultural and moral devolution, and powerful corporate influence and consumerism. Starbucks and Costco have basically become brothels. Crops are fed with Gatorade because of, you know, the electrolytes. Doctors diagnose people as "tarded". The president is an alpha-male nationalist and former professional wrestler/porn star. A museum shows that Charlie Chaplin was leader of the Nazi party who fought using dinosaurs in their army but was eventually "Un-Nazied" by the "Un" (the United Nations). There are some more vulgar and hilarious ways in which corporations evolve to satisfy the ever decreasing intelligence of our society that I'd like to mention but can't. Finally, average soldier Joe Bauer is tested to be the most intelligent human being on Earth in 2505 and the rest of the story centers on his development in this environment. There are also some really interesting supporting roles from Thomas Haden Church and Justin Long, among others.
There are a few production flaws and at times some clunky dialogue, but really those are just nitpickings. Idiocracy is at times absolutely hilarious and it manages to make its point throughout. I think with many dystopian films people get offended by the societal criticism. However, I was encouraged by the truth within the satire here and enjoyed the film tremendously. If you find yourself angry just reading the movie summary in this review then I wouldn't necessarily recommend watching Idiocracy."