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  • Actors: Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, Anthony Campos, David Herman
  • Directors: Mike Judge
  • Producers: Mike Judge, Elysa Koplovitz
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar. 2007
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N3T2CQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,324 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Offbeat sci-fi comedy starring Luke Wilson. In 2005, Private Joe Bowers (Wilson) is a soldier chosen to take part in a secret military scientific experiment in which he will be put into induced hibernation for one year, along with a woman named Rita (Maya Rudolph). Bowers is chosen for the assignment because he is statistically the most average man in the army, while Rita is a hooker ordered to do community service. Unfortunately, Bowers and Rita are forgotten about when the military base where the experiment took place is closed down, and when they wake up in the year 2505. Bowers finds himself living in a society where intelligence has taken such a landslide he's now the smartest man in the world.

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD
Idiocracy starts with a preface, it tells how the process of social advancement has been stunted due to social trends seeing a shift in what is seen as desirable - dumbing down of society has seen ambition watered down - glamour and celebrity has replaced intelligence and ingenuity. Society is getting stupid. When an experiment to freeze two humans for a year goes slightly awry due to a mishap - the two 'volunteers' find themselves 500 years in the future, the compounded effect of mediocrity means they are the two most intelligent people on Earth - or America at least.

This is a film with a message which seems ever more relevant. With an increasing amount of entertainment focussing on cheap, unchallenging creations designed to appeal to the largest common denominator and with less people interested in current affairs - this is a comic warning of what could be if we continue to shun that which is stimulating in favour of bland mediocrity. There's some great humour here and it ranges from the silly slapstick of TV programme "Ow, my balls!" to clever parodies of environmental or political issues. The potential for this to be one of the great social satires is there, but the goofball aspects sometimes dominate a bit too much. In 2005 Fox famously gave up on this film and you can't help but get the impression that with a bit more support and energy behind it, that Idiocracy could have been one of the strongest films of the year. It's a shame that this movie has blended into anonymity because it has something to say, and it says it with a cheeky smile - in some ways it fell victim to the safe mainstream-ism that it warns against.
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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Philip Quinton on 3 Nov. 2010
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I took to this film immediately. I saw the opening scenes at work where it was being transmitted on one of our film channels. I would love to see a UK adaptation of this film, or something along the same lines, as the basic premise is somewhat topical in the UK at the moment.

I come from a relatively poor background (grew up in Teesside during the 1980s) but was fortunate enough to get some higher education back when it was still free and I have worked for a living ever since. I was well into my thirties before I started fathering children and we're sticking at two. I resent being labelled middle-class because I still work unsociable hours and long shifts and I have to do constant overtime just to make ends meet.
In contrast, and in far greater numbers, much younger people with little or no education who are getting off their faces and knocked-up frequently enough on cheaply-built, miserable, high-density housing estates have found their lifestyles to be curiously rewarding as the current welfare regulations provide more money and bigger housing for young, expanding unemployed families who haven't lifted a finger outside their own homes since they left school. I don't resent them, I almost envy them! Get away with it while you still can!

It's called dysgenics. Look it up. It's a regressive kind of evolution, survival of the dumbest. Slackers, thugs and pram-faces who have found that they can have babies for a living and are, in their expanding numbers, hugely influential as consumers in determining what sort of ignorant, proletarian bibble gets printed en-masse in the red-top tabloids, England football flags in every window of every TWOC'ed car and smelly council flat, and they seem to be vastly outnumbering educated professionals.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Paul Larkin on 16 April 2007
Format: DVD
This is the best film I've seen in a long time, and it's surely destined for cult status.

It presents a view of the future which is totally opposite from the conventional hi-tech Utopian vision. The world's population consists entirely of puerile idiots who haven't a clue about anything. The attention to detail in the way the moronic goings-on are depicted is quite incredible - kind of reminded me of the Fifth Element in some respects.

The cinematography is also rather beautiful in a melancholic way, even though the world it's portraying is poisonous, artificial and utterly unwholesome. The "garbage avalanche" scene is awesome.

Highly recommended. I rented this at the weekend and have had to purchase it immediately - I can see myself watching this over and over.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laz on 4 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD
This is one of the best film I've ever seen!
You must watch it few times over and over again to pick up the "hidden" details/poems.

Well not sure? You should be!
This movie is contain a deep message inside and if you will understand it, you will be realize that how funny it is.
I never heard about it and I saw someone's comment, it was not released in the cinemas here.

Anyway you wont regret it if you buy it!

Important! Watch through the whole movie the very end of the film contain one more good poem. After the cast list.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Richard I. Calvert on 10 July 2011
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Fox didn't distribute this film properly, that's the only reason more people haven't heard of it. Apparently Mike Judge included too many negative product placements - see if you can spot any ;-)
On the surface the central idea is "dumbing-down" - what will the future be like if people kept getting dumber? The answer - monster trucks, people wearing tracksuits, and out of town shopping centres the size of... whatever. Obviously that is like many places today, so this movie now has a premise to take the rise out of whatever it chooses. In a dumb future... they'd probably appoint a wrestler/porn star as president, because wrestling and porn are dumb. They'd talk in rapper slang because rapper slang is dumb. Then it gets political - they wouldn't be able to look after their garbage disposal, they would eat too much fast food, dumb stuff that we all do (occasionally).
So it's pretty good satire, and it's fun to spot "dumb" things in real life afterwards, like people who lower their cars to look cool, then get stuck on speed-bumps.

The movie is okay, a bit cheap-looking in the effects department, but it suits the cut-price lowest-common denominator future. Luke WIlson pulls some good "aghast" faces as the only man with 100 IQ and the jokes are funny.

It isn't really likely that the human race are getting dumber, but I think we are accepting less responsibility for our actions - this is really what the movie is about, so, make sure you turn off Jackass, have salad for dinner and put your rubbish in the recycling otherwise...
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