Review Date: January 03, 2007
Director: Mike Judge
Writer: Mike Judge, Etan Cohen
Producers: Mike Judge, Elysa Koplovitz
Luke Wilson as Joe
Maya Rudolph as Rita
Dax Shepard as Frito
This is also around the point in the movie when we are introduced to Maya Rudolph’s character who is grossly underwritten and routinely played by the Saturday Night Live star. The lame interplay between Wilson and Rudolph takes away from the film’s many cool futuristic gags like the mix of Starbuck’s and sex palaces, the military man’s love for pimpin’ (one of the film’s funnier running jokes) as well as the incredibly pathetic jail protection defenses and the #1 movie in the nation called simply, ASS. Thankfully, Rudolph’s character isn’t in the film enough to ruin it, while Wilson does great work as the “JoBlo” of this science-fiction piece. Terry Crews also adds to the fun as the completely over-the-top President of the United States, a man who used to be Mr. Universe and a porn star before he became the leader of the free world, with struts paying homage to Apollo Creed from the ROCKY films to Rambo himself blasting away a machine gun during one of his Presidential speeches, and hilarious lines like “Shut your monkey asses up” (a quote he delivers to his House of Repruhsentatives after they give him a standing ovation).
But the film’s plotline doesn’t have enough meat to go all the way, as the film barely crosses the finish line at a measly 80 minutes, and doesn’t exactly provide the most ambitious of endings. That said, I personally had a blast watching this thing with its wholly original thoughts and ideas, delivered via many a funny line (“No wonder Einstein invented the bomb”), a goofy visual gag or a cool special effect. If you liked sci-fi movies like PLANET OF THE APES and LOGAN’S RUN, and comedies like Woody Allen’s SLEEPER and OFFICE SPACE, you’re sure to get one kick and more out of this greatly maligned release. PS: Watch this film high as a kite and really get into the proceedings even further. Trust me, it’s a blast!