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A look into a possible future .. though funny, it is alarming
This film was recommended to me. It was preposterous until I realized that it demonstrated the outcome of a world that is complacent and indifferent. Intelligence is still revered by all. With all the easy to get comforts available from corporate world our people slide into idiocracy. This film is funny but also a "wake up call" to those who still can vote and speak out.
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Kind of a stupid movie but entertaining and scary at the same time.
I purchased this movie on the recommendation of my daughter who wanted me to see it and compare with some of the similarities it has compared to American society and the path it is on. It is scary how we actually are dumbing down our society and this movie takes that fact and stretches it way out to be a comical, but stupid at the same time, warning of the future path unless something changes in our society. :)
Not the rosiest scenario
Good leading actors and a sardonic attitude do a lot to carry this movie- but let's face it, even poking fun at sophomoric behavior can be fairly sophomoric. Luke Wilson plays a very average guy who is put to sleep and sealed in a capsule, supposedly for a year, but much longer as things turn out. He awakens to find that he is now the smartest person in the world. While that has eventual advantages, dealing with all of the people whose actions reveal that to him can be pretty frustrating. And sometimes this movie is frustrating to watch. Directed by the famous Mike Judge, also starring Maya Rudolph, with a spooky cameo by Randy Quaid. Probably not the best date movie, but fun for a weekend afternoon.
Idiocracy Posted by CK-Auctions
Idiocracy gives new meaning to the term "dumb comedy." In 2005, the somewhat dim but kind-hearted Pvt. Joe Bowers (Luke Wilson, My Super Ex-Girlfriend) takes part in a U.S. Army experiment testing out a process for putting people in a state of suspended animation. His companion in the project will be a common streetwalker, Rita (SNL's wonderful Maya Rudolph), whom Joe accepts at her word when she tells him she's an artist and her pimp is her boyfriend. That's the kind of nice guy Joe is. He wants to believe the best in everybody. Joe and Rita are supposed to sleep for a year, but budget cuts leave the pair forgotten, and instead they wake up in 2505 to discover a United States that has completely lost its way intellectually. Corporate sponsorship has taken over everything, an Ultimate Fighting champion is in the White House, and people are as stupid as they can possibly be--so much so, that Joe has now become the smartest man in the world. Led by his court-appointed "lawyer," Frito (Dax Shepard, Punk'd), Joe goes looking for a time machine, navigating an absurd society and jumping from one fantastically ludicrous frying pan to hilariously ridiculous fire after another. There's not much more explanation needed than that. Idiocracy is the latest film from Mike Judge, the creator of "Beavis & Butthead" and the director of the comedy classic Office Space, so there's no better man to helm a film about a future overrun by morons. His entire career is built on mining the stupidity of North America for laughs. As with his TV work and his other film, the genius of his technique is the fact that he is able to pull off two levels of entertainment: the straight-up comedy on the surface and the subtle social satire that is underneath. You can watch his programs and laugh a lot, and then when you're done, if you want to think about what Judge is saying about modern man, you can. His approach is almost insidious, the way it hides a message in an amusing wrapper. Inexplicably, 20th Century Fox has up until this point tried to act like Idiocracy doesn't exist. Though highly anticipated by the legion of Mike Judge fans, this movie never got a proper release. Allegedly, it had a limited roll out last September, but did it play anywhere near you? I know Idiocracy never hit my town. It's a bizarre move, because Idiocracy is really funny. I laughed a lot, which I can't say about most studio comedies I saw this year. Unlike other "bad boy" comedies, like the limp School for Scoundrels, Idiocracy doesn't wuss out either. It maintains its edginess through and through, right up to the hidden scene after the closing credits. Beyond the silly jokes and toilet humor, I even enjoyed some of the wordplay. It actually takes a very smart writer to create dialogue for someone who isn't too bright. So, rest assured, if there's anyone stupid in the Idiocracy scenario, it's whoever at Fox decided we wouldn't want to see this movie. Together we can show them we're not as dumb as they think we are, and we know a good comedy when we see it. Please select if this review was helpful below. Thank You If you have any questions about this review please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org Posted by CK-Auctions
A funny "excape" into a realistic likelihood!!
It's sort of 'Blade Runner' meets 'Planet of the Apes' meets 'Beavis & Butthead' *LOL* It's a hilarious, yet cautionary tale of what can happen w/humanity if the "brain-drain" epidemic of society (currently happening)is left unchecked. If I hadn't read the LA Weekly,I probably never would've known about this gem. This film was horribly treated by Fox.Like an ugly stepchild locked in the cellar. Instead of supporting their own feature,or even giving it a fair chance,it seemed that in fact Fox was pulling out all stops to make this film "go away". This movie had virtually no publicity/advertising & it was NOT "playing at a theater near me" in fact it was over an hour's drive (but worth it)!!You know, now that I recall, there wasn't even a poster for it inside the theater!!!Just a blank display case with a piece of masking tape in the center labelled 'Idiocracy'.How lame is that? There have been other comedies by Fox that have been lavished w/far too much publicity & (undeserved) attention,and IMO they're not even 1/2 as good as this film.I can name a few:School for Scoundrels,Big Momma's House 2*cringe*,Epic Movie, Date Movie, et al. WHY the suppression,one wonders?? From what I read,this film was considered 'controversial'(??)particularly by the test market reviewers.WTH?? Crotch,fart&violence-based humor are all too commonplace in comedies(especially nowadays)and it's no revelation that it's crude,primitive& just plain stupid...So why does it seem then,when it's placed within the context of being the prevalent entertainment of choice for stupid PEOPLE, one's delicate panties get into a twist??I think it fits to a T! Timeless!! Hmmmm....Could it be perhaps the shoe FITS for some?Uncomfortably well?That's my best guess as to why anyone would consider this film controversial... Granted,there ARE a few plot holes and such,a couple of parts of the film that stretch the limits of belief,but the appeal still remains(as does the realistic possibility of where society might be headed).Also,Mike Judge uses ALOT of visual satire...Not that this is bad,it's just that many of the gags here are in the details.Real subtle blink-and-you-miss-it kind of stuff.Paying attn isn't too critical,but the story would lack much of it's humorous punch! As for the people who contend that the concept is pure ridiculousness,that there's no possibility this would ever happen,it appears to me that they're not very aware of the world outside their "domistiles"*lol*...Or that they've never ever set foot in a Wal-Mart!!*LOL*Top 5 things one needs to do to believe are:1)Note the kinds of families that shop there *shudder* 2)Simply work in customer service or speak w/anyone who ever has(I can personally attest MY experiences).3)Pick up any publication & notice spelling/grammatical errors become gradually more common even among the more popular books,mags & local newspapers.4)Remember that our public schools are failing our children (or is it vice versa??)at a frightening rate, and 5)Need I remind you that we, as a nation, elected President Chimpy McFlight-Suit not once, but 2 TIMES?!?!WTH?? It's taking root amongst us little by little...It's already happening! Lastly, I'm sorely disappointed that there were no"Speshal Feetures"aside from a handful of deleted scenes,which were ok.If you see just 1,see the"Museum of Art"it SHOULD have been in the movie.Lord knows WHY that was cut!!I really was looking forward to viewing some sort of commentary/BTSinterviews*sigh*