Private Joe Bauers (Luke Wilson) is the most average man available to the Pentagon for their "Human Hibernation Project". Rita (Maya Rudolph), a prostitute belonging to a pimp known only as Upgrayedd, is the other test subject in this amusingly inept and unexpectedly gangsta influenced military project. However, an abrupt loss of funding leaves this unlikely pair lost under bureaucratic nonsense through a whopping 500 years of evolution! Just imagine the many inventions, the life-altering events, the vast leaps society must have made in that time! Disappointed is too small a word to cover the enormity of what we find when they finally awake from their reluctant slumber...
They might never have awoken at all if it weren't for the great garbage avalanche of 2505. A single beer can, that could have once been easily recycled, propels Joe right into Frito's (Dax Shepard) living room. Which was totally Not Cool because he interrupted Frito's favorite show, an amusing piece of programming entitled "Oww, My Balls!" Frito chases Joe from his flashy lawyer's loft into the city where he discovers the horrible fate of his world.
Skyscrapers are tied together to hold them up. Garbage and advertising are everywhere. The hospitals have become simply dirty warehouses for the great machines that perform all diagnostics, and presumably anything more complex than coloring inside the lines. Now if only the attendant could remember which sensor is supposed to be inserted in which orifice!
Yes, the year is 2505. The president, played by the amusing and over-the-top Terry Crews, is Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho, and the world is starving to death from its own stupidity. Joe wakes to find himself in a nightmare future where he is suddenly imprinted with the bar code for his name, which the machine mistakenly interprets as Not Sure.
Yes, Joe is now the smartest person on the planet, and the president has soothed his panicked people with this statement during his presidential smackdown. " Number 1: We've got this guy Not Sure. Number 2: He's got a higher IQ than ANY MAN ALIVE. and Number 3: He's going to fix EVERYTHING. What's more, he's gonna do all this in a week! " What's an average guy to do?!
Rated R for language and sex-related humor, Idiocracy is almost too frighteningly close to reality to be a a truly good comedy! I found myself staring at the screen in open-mouthed shock at the rampant ignorance that rules this futuristic society... Shocked primarily because I could see the roots of this reality around me in my daily life!
Commercial jingles have the power to motivate the people beyond the loyalty one gives to a national anthem. The tiny Surgeon General's warning seen on a Tarrylton's Cigarettes billboard reads: "Warning: The Surgeon General has one lung and a voice-box but he could still kick your sorry @ss". One of the highest politicians in the country makes money by simply saying "Brought to you by Carl's Jr" randomly throughout his day; endorsing a bizarrely familiar fast food chain. A popular drink that "has what you crave...electrolytes!" has even replaced the drinking water in public fountains.
When Joe finds himself in court facing the charges of "being a !*ck" "For excaping from jail" "For $#cking up lots of sh*t." with Frito as his unhappy lawyer who actually Protests being made to represent him... you know the world is truly in trouble. The judge is sure they can get a verdict up in there though. This film never takes itself too seriously. It is loud, crude, and puts all that is worst about our society up on a pedestal for some serious examination. The common language itself is a patched together creation made up of various slang and pop culture influences.
How did we de-evolve so quickly? "The years passed, mankind became stupider at a frightening rate. Some had high hopes that genetic engineering would correct this trend in evolution, but sadly the greatest minds and resources where focused on conquering hair loss and prolonging erections." Yeah, that sounds like a chillingly realistic possible road to our future!
I have to say that this film, for all its deliberately offensive nature, not only made me laugh... it made me think! Test screenings for this film were horrible and the film stalled for about a year while they tried to figure out what to do with it. It presents the audience with a horrific view of what could happen if we don't stay alert, if we stop thinking for ourselves and give the running of the country over to professional wrestling stars and advertisement companies... We would become a nation run by idiots. They film defines it's title well, and I could easily see how this would make unsuspecting audiences uncomfortable.
Very little advertising went into the film. They didn't even make posters! It was given a small release, and seems to have almost excaped... excuse me, EScaped the notice of most viewers. If you believe yourself to be broadminded, interested in the fate of the world, or entertained by shows like "The Simpsons" or "Beavis and Butthead" then perhaps you should think twice about giving Idiocracy a spin.
Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Good for Groups
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age
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