Idiocracy

The strange irony of Fox off-loading the new (yet long-completed) Mike Judge comedy without screenings, trailers, posters, or marketing is that in the IQ-obliterated future Judge's movie envisions, the biggest evil in the collective sanding of our brains is arguably advertising. Luke Wilson plays a present-day average joe experimentally frozen by the army and forgotten about until he's accidentally awakened in 2505, where he discovers a slovenly, sophomoric, masturbatory, junk-food-engorged world of mental midgets who first imprison him, then make him secretary of the interior once they realize he's probably the smartest man in the world. It's an eat-your-cake-and-have-it-too concept -- stupid humor as dystopian satire -- but this low-boil affair from the Office Space auteur wears out its dumb-and-dumbest playbook early on. When we see CGI cityscapes of neglected, barren skyscrapers and monuments tilting, it's somehow appropriate: The movie just feels off. If you crave a lively and funny trek through the farcical possibilities of unchecked dimwit power, Judge is still your guy. Just go rent Beavis and Butt-head Do America instead.

Credits

Director:

  • Mike Judge

Cast:

  • Luke Wilson
  • Maya Rudolph
  • Dax Sheperd
  • Sara Rue
  • Terry Crews
  • Tony Campos
  • David Herman
  • Stephen Root
  • Brad Jordan
  • Mitch Baker

Writers:

  • Mike Judge
  • Etan Cohen

Producers:

  • Mike Judge
  • Michael Rotenberg
  • Elysa Koplovitz

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