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Review: Idiocracy

09.12.2006

JoBlo note: As per my "JoBlo blurb of the day" above, it truly appears as though FOX is intentionally "dumping" Mike Judge's latest film entitled IDIOCRACY despite pretty decent word of mouth from those who have seen it already. The film has no official website, no official poster, only 2 pictures from the film on the Net (see them below) and isn't even featured anywhere on Fox's official press site. A little odd, no? Anyway, our man Johnny Moreno managed to catch the flick last week and here's what he thought about it. For those who don't remember, FOX pulled this same shit with Judge's OFFICE SPACE a few years ago, but that film ultimately gained cult status on DVD.

After two years in “how will we market this” hell, Mike Judge’s IDIOCRACY finally hit theatres September 1st, albeit very select theatres. According to BoxOfficeMojo, the movie’s currently playing in 130 theatres across the country. Doesn’t exactly scream, “confidence in the product.”

Plot: For the uninitiated, Joe (Luke Wilson ), a private in the Armed Forces is selected to become the guinea pig for the government’s new “hibernation program”. Designed to incapacitate your ass, Han Solo-style, the government’s purpose is to take the top brass, elite soldiers and “freeze” them for a time when their services will be most useful. Joe is not one of these elite soldiers. Along for the ride is Rita (Maya Rudolph), a hooker with sass (is there any other kind?) and like Joe, two eggs short of a full carton. After being “forgotten” about for 1000 years, Joe and Rita finally awake out of their comas to find the people of the world existing on pretty much caveman instinct and tubs of icing.

What follows are an array of dick and fart jokes, visual gags, slams on advertising and the judicial system and a love story you can see coming a mile away but did I care? Nope. I totally dug it. The movie could have done without the love story, but it works in this setting, even balancing the hilarious “family tree” montage in the beginning of the flick which shows how the world has become overpopulated with dumb shits. The people watch 15 shows at once, like in "Back to the Future 2". One show called, “Own my Ballz,” consists of a poor dude getting his goolies owned in various, creative ways. Imagine seeing Denzel Washington on the street, saying, “I love your work!” then kicking him square in his John Qs. I know, hilarious, right? Then you realize you’re watching a bunch of retards on the screen, watching people getting kicked in the nuts like it was the greatest thing in the world. Then you start to think, “is this where we’re headed?” Without getting overly dramatic about it, questions are posed, debates arise, bowls are roasted.

Luke Wilson, luckily, doesn’t have the stigma of his blonder brethren, who is basically “Owen”, nowadays. Luke plays Joe as just what the name implies: the average, every day…er…joe blow (that was an accident, I swear). Even when we briefly see him in the military at the start of the film, it’s understood that when Joe is given the choice of “Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way”, Joe will get the hell out of the way. And he’s okay with that.

SNL’s Maya Rudolph lends pretty much nothing to the role, other than a great mugshot. The role is pretty transparent, easy to do without. It almost feels like it was added in later on to give it the “love interest” angle. Punk’d’s Dax Shepard plays Frito, an attorney that Joe literally crashes in on. Other highlight’s include Justin Long as a doctor, the wonderfully boobalicious Sara Rue, the classic courtroom scene with Stephen Root as Judge Hank “the Hangman” BMW, Terry Crews as President Camacho and Michael Bolton from OFFICE SPACE as one of his cabinet members. Not to mention the love of a Gatorade like drink that spouts from water faucets (It’s got Electrolytes!).

It’s hard to see why FOX would sit on this for two years, though after watching it, I can see that it’s a film that’s not exactly a marketing coordinator’s dream. It’s a straight up satire on today’s world that pulls no punches when it comes to where we could be heading (in an exaggerated fashion of course), and the fact that it was completed and ready to go two years ago is scary to me when dealing with the movie’s theme of retardation.

It’s the perfect flick for this moment in time. Or was that two years ago? I hate time travel. Good satire is sometimes ugly, as it is now, and even if it doesn’t make someone in marketing’s job easier, Mike Judge, who’s proven his relevance, is a hand someone should be more than willing to gamble on.

-- By Johnny Moreno

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10:52PM on 09/12/2006

I also liked it

I definitely think it helped that I'd not seen anything but the above still.

It was a little one-note, kind of like Mr. and Mrs. Smith was one-note -- The same joke over and over --but toward the end of Idiocracy, it changes it up a bit, and I enjoyed it overall.

I think this is destined to be another cult classic. Not as great as office space, but i think that has an inherint appeal for most people. This will get the sci-fi fans, as well as anyone who hated the jocks in high school.
I definitely think it helped that I'd not seen anything but the above still.

It was a little one-note, kind of like Mr. and Mrs. Smith was one-note -- The same joke over and over --but toward the end of Idiocracy, it changes it up a bit, and I enjoyed it overall.

I think this is destined to be another cult classic. Not as great as office space, but i think that has an inherint appeal for most people. This will get the sci-fi fans, as well as anyone who hated the jocks in high school. But I see some cult status and fanfare in idiocracy's future. Maybe the people at fox really do know what they're doing, cause if this had been a highly tauted release, or even well publicized, it would've not met expectations from the name, and ruined any long-term potential the film has.
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10:12PM on 09/12/2006

Just now?

I saw this a couple weeks ago, when it first opened in LA. I was a tad confused at the marketing strategy (i.e. let's not market it at all), and I thought, why even waste the money to make prints of the film? I felt like it could've gone farther in what it wanted to do, but I laughed, a lot. I look forward to a DVD commentary by Mike Judge, talking about how crappy Fox can be.
I saw this a couple weeks ago, when it first opened in LA. I was a tad confused at the marketing strategy (i.e. let's not market it at all), and I thought, why even waste the money to make prints of the film? I felt like it could've gone farther in what it wanted to do, but I laughed, a lot. I look forward to a DVD commentary by Mike Judge, talking about how crappy Fox can be.
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3:55PM on 09/12/2006

DECENT MOVIE

This certainly wasn't a great film and it's not necessary to see it in theatres, but it makes for a fun diversion and is pretty much a perfect DVD movie. Check it out when it hits stores and don't expect too much.
This certainly wasn't a great film and it's not necessary to see it in theatres, but it makes for a fun diversion and is pretty much a perfect DVD movie. Check it out when it hits stores and don't expect too much.
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2:36PM on 09/12/2006
I was fortunate enough to see this at my local cinemark (I live in the northern suburban houston area) and I was not disappointed. Judge's vision of the future is dead-on, and his satire hits hard. Every little bit of the movie, from the visuals to the different dialects, seems so thought out and well done that I can't believe Fox is giving it the shaft. If you like Office Space, you'll like this.
I was fortunate enough to see this at my local cinemark (I live in the northern suburban houston area) and I was not disappointed. Judge's vision of the future is dead-on, and his satire hits hard. Every little bit of the movie, from the visuals to the different dialects, seems so thought out and well done that I can't believe Fox is giving it the shaft. If you like Office Space, you'll like this.
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12:47PM on 09/12/2006
My local AMC theatre had a poster for it up just a couple weeks ago, and it was not there before that.
My local AMC theatre had a poster for it up just a couple weeks ago, and it was not there before that.
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11:58AM on 09/12/2006
man that really blows...our theatre even got the original one sheet teasers for it so i was always assuming it got some kind of release date. guess i'll just have to catch it on dvd...
man that really blows...our theatre even got the original one sheet teasers for it so i was always assuming it got some kind of release date. guess i'll just have to catch it on dvd...
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10:20AM on 09/12/2006
I've been waiting for this to come out for years (haven't we all?). Even if it doesn't get the full theater run, I'm sure it will catch on during the DVD sales. Just like Office Space.
I've been waiting for this to come out for years (haven't we all?). Even if it doesn't get the full theater run, I'm sure it will catch on during the DVD sales. Just like Office Space.
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9:00AM on 09/12/2006

humm

Sounds good, sounds like its something when i see it, i can feel all cool and smug because its something the studio didnt want me to see, and yet i saw it...and enjoyed it.
Sounds good, sounds like its something when i see it, i can feel all cool and smug because its something the studio didnt want me to see, and yet i saw it...and enjoyed it.
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