So I finally got around to catching Mike Judge's new flickIdiocracy
this weekend. All I have to say in the way of a review is this: It's better thanBorat
, and America needed this movie more. The humor inBorat
, while abundant and at times side-splitting, was either hollow slapstick or based in platitudes and stereotypes — i.e. white Southerners are racists, rodeo rednecks hate Arabs, Pentecostals are crazy. Da, Borat, now tell us something we don't all know.
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Idiocracy, on the other hand, managed to chronicle American culture and society's slide toward proud, perfect mouth-breathing pig-ignorance with style, infinite detail, and economy. Not sure what the run-time is, but Idiocracy never drags the way Borat did towards the end. (Although the happy ending gilds the lily a bit.)
Of course, Borat was heralded as a groundbreaking cultural event while Fox Studios sat on Idiocracy for two years before dumping it in theaters for a completely non-promoted two-week run, if that. The Man did not want you to see Idiocracy, and it's easy to see why. It's so dead-on it's actually dangerous.
And what's more, there's a cameo from a certain legendary Houston rapper as a pimp named Upgrayedd. ("The double-d is for a double dose of pimpin'.") Mike Judge has always been a Geto Boys fan... -- John Nova Lomax