DVD Reviews | Jan 13th, 2007

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Starring Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, Justin Long, David Herman, Stephen Root, Thomas Haden Church
Written By: Mike Judge
Directed By: Mike Judge
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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I heard about this movie when it was called 3001, and then never heard about it again until I got this DVD. I think there was some complaints that it resembled the premise of Futurama a little bit. Fox didn’t do any publicity for this movie at all, I don’t even think they even released it in theaters. Mike Judge (Beavis and Butthead, Office Space, King Of The Hill) definitely got shit on for this movie and i’m not sure it was really deserved. Idiocracy has some funny moments and definitely not THAT bad.

The film is about Joe Bowers (Luke Wilson), who’s currently in the Army and just sits at a desk and doesn’t having to think at all. He’s not the smartest person in the world, in fact, he’s pretty dumb and the most average person in the Army. One day they tell him he’s being replaced and he has to take part in a hibernation experiment with some other person. That other person, Rita (Maya Rudolph), happens to be a prostitute who wants to have her record cleared. So they both agree to the experiment because it’s only suppose to happen for a year. After that, the program becomes exist and everyone forgets there are in those time capsules. As they are in those capsules, the world becomes disgusting and run-down, and there is only one company that runs the entire country. As Joe wakes up, he finds himself in 2505 and believe it or not, he’s the smartest person in the world. The U.S is so dumbed down, and all the stupid inbred people have outlived the smart people. Everyone is entertained with mindless TV shows, and laugh at a movie that just has an ass on the screen. At first Joe tries to get back to 2005, but finds himself getting caught up with all the crap that’s going on in 2505. He gets arrested, he escapes prison, he gets caught again, he then gets appointed to work with the White House on making the country better.

From what I read about this movie before, it got a lot of positive reviews. So I wasn’t as scared to watch this since this movie got barely any showings anywhere. I thought Idiocracy had a lot of funny moments, but I can see why it didn’t get the publicity it needed to get a wider release. For some reason, the film reminded me of Mom and Dad Save the World. Yes I know, a real winner. The people in both movies were so stupid, which is probably why it reminds me of Mom and Dave Save the World. I thought the premise of the film was good, and it certainly is a nice spoof on US culture. It had great digs at movies where it’s just ass jokes, which in this case is just a giant ass on screen. Or other digs like at couch potatoes, mass consumerism, farting, stereotype name-calling, redneck activities like monster truck rallies and parents who have 30 children. It almost seems like if we keep up at stupid reality shows, Nascar, and other things that our culture currently does that we may end up like these inbred idiots as well.

There were a lot of fast-paced jokes and sight gags in the film. If you don’t pay attention you might not get them or they might fly right over your head. There were also some funny cameos like from Stephen Root, who had X-Men’s Wolverine’s hair and he was a judge! There were many character actors from Office Space in this film but you wouldn’t really notice them since they look different. Luke Wilson did a okay job with the role, and the same thing goes with Maya Rudolph (her breasts looked nice). But the one person I couldn’t stand in the movie or any movie he’s in for that matter is Dax “Punk’d” Shepard. I just can’t stand him and will always think of Punk’d when I see him on screen. Plus I don’t think he’s that great of an actor but he certainly plays a dumbass very well. Maybe too well.

If you like Office Space you MIGHT like Idiocracy. It’s got the same brand of humor, and there are quite a few funny moments in the film. I just think it could have been executed differently and changed the third act around to be something better as well. The only extras on this DVD are some deleted scenes. One scene I thought should have been added back into the movie was the Museum of Farts. Overall, the film had some funny moments but could have been better in the end.

5 Unrated & Deleted Scenes

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround

Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)

English, Spanish, French

Favorite Scenes: The opening scene was great, Joe discovering where & when he is for the first time was funny, and when Joe goes to prison was also funny. I also liked the news station because it was 2 male & female newscasters who were buff and beautiful.
Rating: R
Running Time: 84 minutes
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