Director(s): Mike Judge
Available Quality: DivX, DVD, iPod
IMDB Rating: 6.4 out of 10 (52536 votes)
Joe Bauers, an Army librarian, is judged to be absolutely average in every regard, has no relatives, has no future, so hes chosen to be one of the two test subjects in a top-secret hibernation program. He and hooker Rita were to awaken in one year, but things go wrong and they wake up instead in 2505. By this time, stupid people have outbred intelligent people the world is (barely) run by morons--and Joe and Rita are the smartest people in America.
(19 May 2013)
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie- in creating this film, Judge has become a prognosticator on the level of Isaac Asimov and H.G. Wells.Yes- most of the humor is absurd and low-brow, and I loved every sick, perverse bit of it. After sitting through a series of painfully dry and trite films like "Thanks For Smoking", this film was a breath of fresh air.Production values are low at times, but that's because the film was underfunded and suppressed at every turn by the studio- the fact that Judge was able to put together a great film with limited resources makes this movie even more of a gem.One last note- I never liked "Beavis & Butthead", and "King of the hill" has always been a tad too slow for my tastes. This is uniquely different from what Judge has produced, in the past.
ltlacey (18 May 2013)
The premise of this movie starts out with a military experiment tofreeze 2 humans and re-animate them a year later, but the person incharge of the program is arrested, and since it was a very top secretproject, no one else knew what was going on or anything about the 2frozen people. If you can get past this first not very plausible fact,that no one else would know about the experiment, or if they did wouldjust forget about the 2 frozen people, then you are in for quite asurprise. What this movie really is about is how our society is dumbingdown, and does so in an entertaining manner. A quick glance at anynewspaper or newscast will tell you the same thing. The movie is asocial commentary, and maybe a warning, to our society that we need tostop obsessing about the latest celebrity snafu or pregnancy, quitmaking heroes out of someone just because he/she can run fast or hit aball, and basically stop rewarding mediocrity. It's a movie that pokesfun at all the Big Box stores, and what may actually be a foreshadowingof what is to come for our society if we keep allowing stupidity to gounchecked. The acting was okay, and there were some better moments, andsome scenes could have been fleshed out a bit more, but maybe the pointwas that society cannot stay focused for more than a few seconds at atime on any single thing. If that's the case, the movie makes a perfectpoint of it, but not in a condescending manner. This is a movie youneed to watch a few times to catch all that is going on.
scalasaig (17 May 2013)
I had real hopes for "Idiocracy" based on a look at the cast and myimmense enjoyment of Mike Judges' movie "Office Space". Additionally,years ago I read and immensely enjoyed C. M. Kornbluth's stories "TheLittle Black Bag" and "The Marching Morons" (the former in the ScienceFiction Hall of Fame), and therefore am very familiar with theunderlying premise. However, I should have kept in mind that Judge isalso the genius (in the Latin sense) behind "Beavis and Butt-Head",which has rare moments of creativity, but generally very little torecommend it to anyone more intelligent or mature than its titlecharacters; and sadly, "Idiocracy" has much more in common with thatseries. In it, the dialog and behavior of the characters of the futureare supposed to represent those of unintelligent individuals butusually come off more as simply uneducated and boorish; and that, alongwith the level of internal inconsistency and the sloppy transitions,makes one feel that Judge did not feel it necessary to go to thetrouble of writing multiple drafts. These problems, along with otherstoo numerous to list succinctly, make for one of the worst movies Ihave seen in years. Quite simply, watching "Idiocracy" is essentiallylike reading "The Marching Morons" not only written about, but also for(and most importantly by) the title characters.
(17 May 2013)
This review is from: Idiocracy (DVD) You'll never get me to say that this is a "good" movie, but it is definitely funny enough to justify watching. The prolonged introductory segment and the voice overs were simply not necessary, and only once contributed anything genuinely positive to the film (the whole "I can talk to plants" bit really would not have been as funny without the VO doing the explanation). I'll give Mike the benefit of the doubt and assume that most of its problems were caused by evil Fox executives rather than anything he did because it'll help me sleep at night. I'll never understand why they keep ordering more episodes of King of the Hill if they hate him so much that they can't even give him a stable timeslot.
livfreeordi (16 May 2013)
Some will view this movie only as comedy, but others, like myself takeit as a warning.There can be little argument with the facts pointed out in the first 10minutes of the movie.Dumb people are reproducing faster than the smart segment of ourpopulation...a LOT faster.If I had any doubts that we were heading in this direction..they werewashed away by the results of the presidential election last November.It's understandable that people may have had doubts about Romney..butto re-elect as big a failure as Obama tells me that the age of thedumbed down, entitlement junkie voter has already arrived.This movie isn't just a comedy; it's a pretty scary prediction.
Kasper Ghost (15 May 2013)
Idiocracy felt like Mike Judge took my thoughts on society and put theminto film. In fact, the movie is a social commentary. Almost feels likea documentary at times. Luke Wilson did a good job playing a boringaverage joe (Like in most of his movies).Of Course Idiocracy was an extreme of the current state of society. Butthat's what makes most comedies funny, a extreme of any situation.Fiction isn't that much different then reality.With kids praising materialist Hip-Hop culture and taking pride inbeing ignorant. When people feel useless in life, they breed. Givingthem a purpose in the world. And it seems only the worse people breedthe most. I can understand how others don't like it. It doesn't helpmost of the jokes were 2nd grade bathroom humor. Not much differentthan a Kevin Smith film.Idiocracy throws away logic, reason, any intelligence (For goodreason).Mike Judges comeback was a knockout.
ratkenrat (11 May 2013)
this is planet of the apes, futurama and back to the future all rolledinto one. mike judge seems to make a living making fun of dumb people,he does it so well and this movie takes the cake.idiocracy is set in a future world where it seems that all the peoplewho offspring ed from the generation influenced by judge's own beavisand butthead cartoons now live. these people are the offspring of thedumbest people from our time who kept on having more and more childrenuntil the whole population is made up of them. they watch the dumbestTV shows and movies which are basically stripped down versions of whatwe watch these days, the fart jokes and kick-in-the-nuts jokes areblatantly exploited, without any real story behind what is happening,can't stand intellectual conversations, or anyone who talks more thantwo words to ask or answer any questions and wear clothes thatadvertise the corporations that basically control their lives.this is a very funny movie and definitely a social commentary, ifyou're somewhat intellectual, anyone who is a "redneck" may not trulyget what is going on, or may just get angry.Luke Wilson's character is part of a cryogenics experiment that goeswrong and ends up frozen for over 500 years along with a woman playedby mya rudolph of snl. both are funny and do well, Luke just playinghis normal joe character, like in 'bottle rocket' and mya lookingextremely beautiful, hot even. they both wake up and have to deal withthe realization that they are now stuck in the future. it starts offkind of like futurama or back to the future, and once they makethemselves noticed they get captured and it basically becomes a planetof the apes situation where Luke Wilson is imprisoned and eventuallyhas to use his super-knowledge, which is magnified because thepopulation of America is so dumb, to help them fix their society.i am a huge fan of office space, beavis and butthead and enjoy almosteverything i've see made by mike judge, this movie did not let me down,i hope it becomes more known when it comes to video next week. ialready saw it twice. one of my favorite scenes takes place at agigantic cost-co.rent it as soon as possible! ow my balls!
javathehutt (11 May 2013)
(Since at this point there has been no publicity for this movie, aboutanything I say is a spoiler, so read at your own risk.)Wow! I haven't laughed this hard all the way through a movie in a longtime. As of right now (Sept 1), I have seen absolutely no publicity forthis movie, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. Mike Judge did notdisappoint me.This movie was intelligently stupid. If you liked Team America, youshould enjoy this as well. I think that Mike Judge lovers from Beavisto Office Space will also enjoy this movie. Be prepared for quite a bitof language, but understand that it is making fun of gratuitousprofanity.For one thing, it is perhaps the most witty forecast for the future Ithink I've seen. In a democracy, majority rules. The problem with thatis that if the majority is a bunch of imbeciles, they are going to makeimbecilic decisions. The prologue to the movie had me rolling. Itcompares the mentality of the intelligentsia vis a vis the mentality ofthe... er... trailer trash in regards to producing offspring. The whitecollar couple is very "careful" about having a kid, so careful theydon't end up having a kid at all. On the other hand, the trailer trashbasically cannot hiccup without producing a kid. It was a hilariousintro to the movie that really set the stage for the rest of the movieas a hysterical event.The humor on the surface level may appear extremely low-brow, but whatmakes it so funny is that it is actually making fun of the abyss towhich our humor can drop.I was impressed with the acting. The tendency, it seems, is to over-actwhen your "playing dumb" in a movie, but the actors in this movie did afantastic job of not over-acting their dumbness. Was particularlyimpressed with Dax Shepard, who could have very easily been not asfunny as he was.I remember the ending seemed kind of weak, but it may have just beenbecause I was tired of seeing Luke Wilson (not my favorite). Definitelyworth seeing!
(11 May 2013)
Fox strikes again. First poorly marketing the film in theatres, then pulling a bait and switch with DVD packaging.The disc packaging touts a "Double Sided Single Layer" disc, and G4 TV was reporting a second, unrated and extended cut of the film on the disc's second side. The disc in the package, however, is single sided. When inserted into a DVD drive, the disc's title is "IDIOCRACY_SIDEA" leading one to believe there WAS a side B at some point.This is strikingly disappointing from a consumer's viewpoint. The film that hit theatres, and ultimatly DVD is a beautiful critique of American culture. However, this film was undercut by Fox from the beginning. All directors have to leave good bits on the cutting room floor, and no doubt Mike Judge would have cut Idiocracy differently for an uncensored medium. I was eager to see how this high potential film would grow without the restriction of ratings censors.BUT, this disc lives up to none of that promise, as the "Dual sided" disc is nonesuch thing. Instead, it is another instance of good artistic work being "Foxed."
(11 May 2013)
We have a local radio DJ here with a weekly sketch called "Curb Your Intelligence." He interviews men and women on the street on questions such as, whether Barack Obama is a threat to the United States. Or he'll ask, "What does the Department of Labor do?" One woman replied, "They landscape, they do your lawn. Plant bushes, trees." Most people can name the judges on American Idol, three NFL teams, the star of Forrest Gump, three fast-food restaurants, or the star of Snakes on a Plane, but they don't know Maryland's two senators, or the three branches of government (one man, with a questioning inflection, guessed, "Democrats, Republicans and liberals?").What does the "I" in "CIA" stand for? Folks guessed Investigations, "I don't know," Information ...Real stupidity is hilarious, and unexpected. Dumb people can be an unintended delight as they refilter the world around them. (Take my neighborhood, where one woman asked if my dog, a sheltie, was a "borderline collie.")The problems with Mike Judge's Idiocracy, about the dumbing down of the United States in 500 years, are several:* Stupid people are portrayed as dull and slow, rather than what they really are: funny in ways you could never anticipate.* This movie could have been set, rather than 500 years in the future, 20 years in the past. Allan Bloom's "The Closing of the American Mind" came out in 1987. Fuddruckers burger joints were founded in 1980, with a name already several miles down the road toward the even ruder variant that appears in "Idiocracy." "Jackass the Movie" is more recent, 2002, and it certainly wouldn't take 500 more years to devolve into a show such as "Idiocracy" depicts, called "Ow! My Balls." Five months is more like it. Product placement, cross-positioning and sponsorships are only slightly more blatant in 2505 than than already are today.* Judge's brilliant premise and film title, that dumb people outbreed smart people, is hamstrung by a weak script, with cliched struggles in the future, and a bit of cheap look to some of the sets. if you have a Mad Max style amphitheater battle, for Private Bowers' "Monday night rehabilitation," it better not look like it cost $1.50 to stage.More humor about what's it's like to be bright in a stupid world would have enriched the script. Pvt. Bowers and Rita don't seem to be as annoyed or crafty as they might have been given their phenomenal intellectually superiority over the dummies of the future.Jokes are executed miserably. For example, a dumb, mumbling john can't get a prostitute. The portrayal of this john just looks like lousy acting. We also see more than enough borderline bigotry, as garishly dressed blacks and Hispanics are portrayed as WWF style characters in the presidency and Cabinet. I would cringe at the thought of watching "Idiocracy" with black friends.That said, "Idiocracy" may be widely remembered more for the potential movie it could have been, than for what it is. The opening sequence on breeding is fairly clever. Two high-IQ yuppies postpone children, while trailer trash breed like rabbits. Too true. If only the script hadn't fallen off the shelf after this opening.
(10 May 2013)
This review is from: Idiocracy (DVD) This could very well be our future here in the United States, IF the people that actively choose to be ignorant have their way with our future.I can really see this happening. Honestly...This is for the Fox News programmed and bible sniffing masses and the people that think that 'it can't happen here'. IT SURE CAN! And it is happening right now!Fighting evolution: I see the marks of evolution SCREAMING from the history of living things on this planet.Ecological destruction: I see it ALL AROUND ME! We are eventually going to destroy this planets ability to support life. Then what? What will the people that have all the big money from the profits getting us there going to do then? They die just like we do.Collective ignorance: Sexism, racism, ageism, political and religious dogma surrounds us. It invades so much of our daily lives (and I don't even watch Fox News)! Fear Obama because he's black. I've got a better one: Fear McCain because he's insulated from the economic damage that 8 years of Bush-o-nomics has wrought on this country.Watch the movie. See what runaway capitalism would look like. See what our future very well could look like if we don't act now...This planet is screaming for change...
Tecun_Uman (09 May 2013)
Most people are totally unaware that this movie exists. Fox, which paidJudge to make it, has kept it in the can for quite awhile and thenspent nothing to promote it. I guess that made many people think it wasone of the garbage movies being flushed in late summer. Well, I am hereto tell you that this is a funny and rather frightening look at afuture that is not that hard to believe. Basically, Judge puts forwardthe notion that the stupid are outbreeding the smart by a wide margin.Then these stupid are getting more stupid, by basically spending all oftheir time watching TV and having sex, which produces more stupidpeople. By 2500, a person of average intelligence today, will appear tobe a genius, that talks "all faggy." Seriously, is this really thathard to believe. Oh sure, this future is painfully funny andridiculously stupid, but still plausible. Luke Wilson is great as thetime traveling army guy, hopelessly trying to get back to a morecomfortable time. Where this story will gain its cult status is withthe numerous funny one-liners, like "can we family style her" and "heyman, I'm 'bating here!" This is a funny movie and a rather sharp socialcommentary on an American society that seems to be fatuated with selfpleasure, comfort and stupidity, and I guarantee you that I will bebuying this on DVD the first day it comes out and watching it over andover.
(05 May 2013)
What did this movie lack that Mike Judge fans will be looking for? Great characters, great story, great script!With incredibly weak characters, and nothing to hang onto, story-wise, I kept waiting for something to gel. It never did. If you're a Mike Judge fan, you kind of have to see it, but you'll probably be unhappy with it. Some of the "futurisms" (Starbucks is a place where you can buy sex) are funny, but you can't make a film around that. Maya Rudolph is not pretty, likeable or useful in this movie.
michaelplewa (05 May 2013)
There's no other word for it...Fox dumped this out, with NO marketingof any kind. Nobody in the country, other than those who have beenlooking forward to this film, know anything about it. All the red flagshave flown. It has to be a mess, it can't be anywhere near as good asOffice Space, right? Wrong. Though Office Space it ain't, this filmdefinitely has satirical bite and wit. It's a misfire on certainlevels, but who's to blame is left to mystery.Based on what is currently showing in theatres, I can say IDIOCRACY isa good movie. It's funny, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. It'seffective, sometimes ingenious. What it isn't as far as I can tell, isfinished. We will see something come of this film again, whether it'san extended cut or reshoots. Alone it can be hilarious. It's ballsy attimes.Leaving the theatre, looking around at the mall, I was surrounded byadvertisements and billboards, commercialism and stupidity. It's notquite as damning a dystopia as 1984, but this movie paints an uglyfuture for our culture. And there doesn't seem to be much anybody cando about it. Anyway, go see this if you can and try to find out whathappened that it was so specifically buried.
(05 May 2013)
Definately crass. But also smart and darned funny. An average guy is frozen as an army experiment but wakes up 500 years in the future where the world has become so dumbed down he's the smartest man on earth. There are some great site gags(The sign on Saint Gods Hospital doesn't fit on the building and trails down the side). Everything is sponsored and a sports drink comes out of water fountains.Mike Judge has an eye for this kind of humor and Luke Wilson's average guy blandness is perfect.
HyperionM (04 May 2013)
This movie was just funny as hell! I guess it wont be everyones senseof humor, but if you liked Beavis and Butthead (and movies like Dumband Dumber), then this is a mustsee. Thinking of President DwayneElizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho (played by Terry Crews) stillmakes me crack up! (By far the best portrayal of a President of the USAin a movie, if you ask me!)Its a shame this movie didn't get a bit more attention and exposure. Ihad never heard of it and just rented it because of a lack of betteroptions at the videostore. But it turned out to be one of the funniestmovies i have seen in the last few years.
MadJoe1 (04 May 2013)
Planet of the Apes occasionally. The sad portion of this story is thatthe film was apparently taken away from Judge and re-edited and thenarration was added as an afterthought (much like Blade Runner). Themain reason I think the film has only been given a limited release isbecause it asked some hard questions in a comedic setting. This was notlost on me.Eugenics is a very touchy subject for many people. Tellingstupid people not to breed goes against everything humanity standsfor(supposedly). Also, the language used in the film(by the majority ofthe populace) will be seen by some as racist as well as fascist. Ascene involving miscegenation was probably what killed the film incertain areas of the country(this is the 21st century)? I howeverlaughed quite a few times at a screening yesterday. But I also got thepoint Judge was trying to put across. This is a light satire. Peopleshouldn't take it too seriously and enjoy it for what it is.
(03 May 2013)
This has to be one of the best comedies to come out in the past decade. It's surprising that so many people don't get it. Actually, maybe it's not all that surprising, maybe it's more depressing. There are so many sight gags, hilarious scenes, and just random chunks of comedy stuffed into this thing, it had me laughing out loud almost the whole time. In fact, I can just think of certain parts and Ill start laughing. I've already seen it twice and look forward to seeing it again.You know the drill, though... at its core it's a pretty harsh satire, and some people just can't get this type of comedy. Also, I've heard it criticized b/c the sets and film quality were too low budget, but that works perfectly in this particular movie. It has a cheesy but timeless quality, like it could be some type of lost comedy gem from the 70s or 80s. I would put Idiocracy on the same shelf as classics like Airplane, the Jerk, Kentucky Fried Movie, Repo Man, and the like. If you like any of those movies, and are able to laugh at our culture and society a bit, then run -dont walk- out and watch this.
(02 May 2013)
Office Space is one of my favorite movies. But Idiocracy has to be one of the worst movies I have seen in a while. I mean seriously people, I would rather watch Kazaam than see this movie again. I dont know how the heck this movie has a 4 out of 5 star rating.
graestella (02 May 2013)
So this came out in 2006, perplexed as I never had heard of it until itwas on the TV last night. Judging by the biting satire attacking thecorporate cretinism taking over the media and advertising perhaps wecan see why. Fox must have baulked at putting such a subversive filminto general release.A dystopia were dumbing down has become the norm. This takes the Nazi'sbook burning to a new level and was only too plausible. I especiallyloved the pouring a certain brand of soda onto the crops. Only tooplausible when we have children growing up who won't drink water, onlysoft drinks. The brainwashing by the adverts was spot on. We alreadyhave shampoos with 'vitamins' in and skin creams with 'liposomes' andno one understands how they work, or IF they work.A lot of the jokes misfired, but hey they misfire in every Jim Carreyand Ricky Gervaise comedy to a similar level and they let them pass.But those films have NOTHING to say. Well done for trying with thisone.
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