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A Warning Shot Across The Bow

  • Apr 27, 2007
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The mastermind of "King of the Hill" and "Beavis and Butthead," Mike Judge, gives all of us a loud, buffoonish warning of things to come in "Idiocracy." It's the tale of an average joe/military librarian named Joe (Luke Wilson)who, along with a prostitute named Rita (Maya Rudolph), takes part in a hibernation experiment for the military. Instead of awaking one year later, however, they wake up five hundred years in the future. The really bad thing is that thanks to the commercialization of society and the fact that smart people don't breed as fast as those who are less than perfect, the future that Joe and Rita wake up in is terribly......well, dumb. The film explores how a life dependent on the media and heavy promotion reduces the average person into an electrolyte drinking, TV watching, lazy fool.

When he registers the highest score ever on an aptitude test, Joe is thrust into the political arena by President Camacho (Terry Crews). Camacho hopes that with Joe's brainpower, he can regain his popularity as president of the United States. Crops have dried up and people are beginning to starve. The future is very, very bleak, and all thanks to the boobtube and those talking heads on the five o'clock news.

Overall, the story is just too boring to really send the point of the film home. Wilson is game in all of his averageness, but he really doesn't have much to work with. Maya Rudolph does everything she can with Rita, and gives one of the better performances in the show. Justin Long, Thomas Haden Church, and an uncredited Sara Rue give the best performances in the film overall, even if they only get a few seconds of screen time.

I agree with Judge that the world is headed for an idiocracy, but he misfired with this film. It's not intelligently funny or even idiotically funny. In fact, it mirrors the world Judge says will eventually be our downfall. It's loud, annoying and silly without being all that fun to watch. Heck, it even has Dax Shepard in it, who along with Ashton Kutcher, has done his part to contribute to the downfall of mankind via "Punk'd."

I was let down by this movie. It has a very good message to it, but it isn't presented in a form that's as smart or funny as many hoped it would be. I only mildly recommend this movie, but I wouldn't go so far as to tell someone to purchase it.

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Quick Tip by . September 02, 2010
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review by . January 30, 2008
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Given that Office Space is a bona fide cult classic, it comes as some surprise that Mike Judge's follow-up wasn't more heavily promoted. Granted, this live-action comedy is a darker, more pointed proposition, but it's unfortunate that few theater patrons got the opportunity to, well, judge for themselves. InIdiocracy, theKing of the Hillcreator visualizes what would happen if Devo's proposition--that mankind is in the process of devolution--came to pass. The catalyst: the overeducated start having fewer children while the undereducated have more. Enter Joe (Luke Wilson), a military librarian with no family and even less ambition. The Pentagon chooses him for a top-secret hibernation project due to his extreme "average-ness." They select Rita (SNL's Maya Rudolph), a prostitute, for the same reason. When the experiment goes haywire, the two emerge 500 years later--rather than one. Now it's 2505 and they're the brightest people in the over-polluted land. Everyone else is, basically, Beavis and Butt-head. Yes, the satire couldn't be less subtle, but the premise gives Judge license to make as much fun of junk food pop culture as dystopian classics like1984andPlanet of the Apes. Wilson wisely plays it straight, even if the actors who surround him sometimes succumb to excess. And the effects may be cheesy, but that just adds to the fun.Idiocracyfeatures former footballer Terry Crews (Everybody Hates Chris) as President Camacho and Dax ...
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