Please For the Love of God Go See Idiocracy
Idiocracy might not just be funniest movie you'll see all year (Borat excluded), it might be the
most hilarious made in the decade thus far. These are strong words, but such is the regard that I hold for the no-holds barred satire and all-around-genius of this picture.
The plot of Mike Judge's follow-up to Office Space is seemingly ripped from the pages of a Phillip K. Dick or Kurt Vonnegut novel. Joe Bowers (played by Luke Wilson, who miraculously manages to redeem himself for "My Super Ex-Girlfriend,") is the most average man that America has, but thanks to his profile (no wife or close relatives), Bowers is cryogenically frozen by the government. The experiment is only supposed to last for a year, but when the Army Base that conducted the research is shut down and replaced by a Fuddrucker's, Wilson is forgotten about. When he finally awakens, the year is 2505 and mankind has devolved to such a level that Wilson is now the smartest man on earth.
Using this premise, Judge spins out a dystopian fantasy of an America gone to seed. The president is a three-time "Smackdown" champion and a former porn star. Everyone is dressed in corporate sponsored apparel and Zubaz pants. Meanwhile corporations have taken over. The phone company has merged with several media companies, the U.S. government and, of course, Carl's Jr (who seemingly runs the future universe.) Costco is home to the one of the nation's finest law schools, not to mention it doubles as the central hub of civilization.
Due to mankind's lack of intellect, the streets are covered in mounds of trash and the nation's crops are fallow since water is something only used in toilets. (The people only quench their thirst with energy drinks filled with electrolytes.)
Judge's bleak vision of the future is alternately chilling and hysterical and one doesn't know whether the appropriate reaction is to laugh or cry. In the course of the film, Judge manages not only to knock the rampant unchecked state of American consumerism, but also the detorioration of our health care system, American militarism and political correctness. In short, the man touches all the bases.
I could go on and on about this movie for hours and hours. I earlier compared it to the work of Vonnegut and Dick, I meant what I said. I consider this film that good. With Idiocracy, Judge has turned in a masterpiece that might not be fully appreciated until after he's dead. If anyone is discouraged by the current state of the nation, I highly advise them to see this film. And even if you aren't, this film is flat-out hilarious. It not only packs as many laughs as Office Space but it manages to convey a deep and unsettled vision of the future.
Over the past year, bloggers have spent a whole lot of time hyping up Snakes on a Plane, managing to create a maelstrom of controversy. Controversy that may not paid off at the box office, but at least it managed to create a higher awareness for the film. But somehow I haven't managed to read a single review of Idiocracy anywhere in the blogosphere. Yet no film released this year needs bloggers support more than Idiocracy.
For those who don't know this film's saga, Fox pushed back its release date for a year, releasing it just last week without any money spent on promotion. In fact, the studio didn't even provide any screenings for critics. It seems the studio's strategy has been to bury it from public consumption. If you have a blog and you're reading this, please go out and see this film. And if you like it, write about it and try to spread the word. Brilliant and spot-on satires like Idiocracy are all too rare.
Please see this film soon. It only made a paltry $180,000 last weekend on just 130 screens and who knows how quickly it will be yanked from theaters. The few film critics that have reviewed Idiocracy have also given it good reviews, most notably the LA Times , the Onion, and Variety. So see it. Bring your friends. Blog about it. Please. A movie this good doesn't deserve a fate like this.
Passion of the Weiss Rating: A