Thursday, August 4, 2011

365 Movies Day #129 "Idiocracy"

Here's an underrated one from Texas director Mike Judge. If you're living under a rock, you may not realize that this is the guy that gave us Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill and Office Space. This movie comes to mind regularly when I am in Wal-Mart, reading youtube comments or reading people's political opinions on facebook.

Judge explores a comical, but strangely plausible future where intelligent people are vastly outnumbered by morons who populate their kind like jackrabbits. It has some self-inflicted Harrison Bergeron aspects to it. The hero of our story is an average guy (Luke Wilson)who gets put into cryo sleep in the present and awakens in the dumbed down future. Judge's picture of the future is incredibly comical...and scarey.

Terry Crews ("HARSH TIMES", "The Expendables") plays President Camacho, a pro wrestler who makes most important decisions with monster truck battles and the help of his idiot cabinet. Dax Shepard plays Wilson's guide through the new America...and Costco...where he got his law degree. Some fun performances from Maya Rudolph, Thomas Hayden Church ("DEMON KNIGHT") and Justin Long as well.

Filled with Carl's Jr. marketing techniques, Gatorade induced droughts and a new take on Fuddruckers, "Idiocracy" has everything to keep you entertained, though at some points I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.

The opening sequence will tell you everything you need to know:


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