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Idiocracy
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Starring: Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Kiddie Movie: Only if you want to scare them about our future.
Date Movie: Only if she liked "Office Space."
Gratuitous Sex: Language and talk.
Gratuitous Violence: Not really.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Quite a bit.
Memorable Scene: The travel through the Time Masheen.
Memorable Quote: I refuse to give it away, let's just say it has to do with watering plants with a sport's energy drink.
Directed By: Mike Judge
Produced By: Mike Judge, Elysa Koplovitz

Idiocracy
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:24 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Maybe the movie didnít test well in earlier audiences? Maybe the movie folks had enough Mike Judge? Maybe the movie folks didnít want to piss-off the folks at Costco? Or maybe the movie folks just didnít now how to market this movie without pissing off all of trailer park nation? In any case, the movie "Idiocracy" opened at a few theaters a week ago, and I missed it, but thankfully it stuck around my giga-plex for one more week because I got to be pretty entertained at an interesting take on our future. Letís goÖ

"Idiocracy" opens up explaining that there is a growing problem in the world. It seems that as the smart folks keep putting off having kids because of reasons like "itís not the right time yet," "the economy isnít stable enough to have kids yet," and "now that you're ready to have kids, your sperm count is too low so weíll have to try invitro-fertilization, and sadly you die of a heart attack while trying to spunk in a cup." As such, the world is running out of smart people. The dumb people, portrayed mostly as white trash, a.k.a. "Jerry Springer" episode folks, are procreating at an enormous rate.

Enter Luke Wilson as Pvt. Joe Bowers. Heís pretty much a nobody in the Army, and likes it that way, working in a records basement where he does nothing all day. With no family and no life, he is the perfect candidate for a new hibernation experiment where he, and fellow subject, a hooker named Rita (Maya Rudolph), are placed in these boxes for what is supposed to be one yearís worth of hibernation.

When the program gets scrapped due to improprieties of the base commander, the base also gets scrapped, finding our two subjects in a giant pile of garbage. Then the future comes and when there is a garbage avalanche, Joe and Rita find themselves in world where stupidity reigns, to the point the people canít figure out why they canít grow any crops anymore after they have been watering them with a sportís energy drink.

Well, as Joeís luck would have it, he gets arrested, and as part of being arrested you are given an IQ test, and wouldnít you know it, it turns out Joe is the smartest person in America and President Camacho, straight from the wrestling world, with the city folk coming down on him for their recent ills, figures maybe Joe can save the world.

And so Joe has to quickly learn to interact with a world of dumb-asses, meanwhile looking for a time machine so he can get back to his world.

Thatís really enough of the story because like Mike Judgeís other cult classic, "Office Space," instead of life at work, this is a great satire of our future. Sure, there are some flaws, like if the world is so full of dumb people, well, who is actually making any of the products they use, but itís easy to get past that when you are cracking up as the idiots try to explain to Joe that the sportís drink is used to water the crops because itís got electrolytes, and thatís what a body craves, how Costco has grown to be the biggest of big box stores, with a store measured in square miles rather than square feet, and that the burger joint "Fuddruckers" has, over the years, and as the population has gotten dumber and dumber, finally morphed into "Buttfuckers" (me, I always nicknamed it "Ruddfuckers," but what do I know?).  That is the humor you will get in this movie, so you can probably already tell if you will be a fan.

I will admit that "Idiocracy" wonít be for most folks, but for everyone who is a fan of "Office Space" and can get that type of humor, I would highly recommend checking this out once it hits the DVD market. Itís 4 stars out of 5 for "Idiocracy."

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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