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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. It's probably also guilty of not being quite as gutsy as it could have been, it could have been a bit more savage with its portrayal of homogenised society and not played it quite so safe.

The film itself goes on for around 80 minutes but don't expect any DVD extras to bulk out any free viewing time because other than a few deleted scenes there's no other bonus features. There's no Blu-Ray release of Idiocracy yet but that's no surprise considering that the film only had a restricted release in the first place. Luke Wilson manages to convince as the 'average' man who finds himself at the pinnacle of human intelligence and Dax Shepard provides plenty of laughs as the moronic future-man, the rest of the cast are okay but never fully utilised.

In a nutshell: Mike Judge's acute observations are used to distil much of what is wrong with the world and create a whole future from it. Idiocracy is a fun, light-hearted satire which is more intelligent and allegorical than it gets credit for, but the potential was there for it to have been more scathing - it's funny, but it's also a missed opportunity.
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on 3 November 2010
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. I see childish spelling errors EVERYWHERE! Not just in supermarkets and newspaper adverts but in recruitment agency windows! A racist chav who appears on Big Brother and dies of cancer is sainted in the media and practically canonised by her peers because... what? She had babies? She had cancer?

Idiocracy! We are so close now it is not even funny. Now more than ever, for so many reasons, we need scientists and teachers and other high-grade professionals to find a path through the troubles ahead and give us a prosperous future but the goverments keep cutting funding for education and schools keep lowering the standards for GCSE grades. What for? Why can't we face the truth? (I recently met one of the most vacant, air-headed 17-year-olds I have ever known and her GCSE results were twice as good as mine were in 1989... yet she appears lack even the most common knowledge about the subjects she studied let alone anything else!)

The Big Society is getting stupider and stupider and this film is less of a comedy and more of a warning of things to come! I just wish that instead of framing the premise around a standard feel-good Hollywood film with a standard happy ending that Mike Judge could have spent more time laying into the issue. This would have made a good mockumentary, but of course it would never have got the backing.

Love it anyway... at least somebody is saying what most of us are too polite to voice.
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on 16 April 2007
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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on 29 January 2013
This film looks at what the future would be like if intelligent people stopped having babies and only the really stupid people had lots...it is really funny, a great silly film, definitely worth a watch!
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on 16 March 2015
I bought this based on the premise and some of the quotes I found on IMDB. The story was entertaining up to a point but the whole premise soon became unworkable for me.

Basically, the film depicts a future in which the world has "devolved" and everyone is incredibly stupid. Luke Wilson's character travels through time and arrives in this future as the smartest man on the planet. This is all good and well, except for the fact that the future still has a fully-functioning infrastructure. We see technically advanced machinery being operated by people who can barely count to ten. So, if people are too stupid to use the equipment, who is maintaining and/or building it?

Perhaps I missed the part where someone explains that robots handle the infrastructure. I assumed this but it eventually got to a point where the whole thing seemed too contrived.

Fun up to a point, but I eventually lost interest.
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on 4 January 2010
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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on 27 March 2007
found this film quite by accident, and i thought it was absloutley hilarious. ok, so its daft, and it aint gonna win an oscar, but it had me in stitches. its a silly, funny film, and it doesnt pretend to be anything else. if you liked team america, or the pick of destiny then you MUST buy this film!!!its got electrolytes!!!
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"Idiocracy" is a fairly entertaining movie about the ghastly dystopian future which might await if the "dumbing down" of society continues.

The premise, and Luke Wilson's acting as the major character, are brilliant, as are some of the parodies of trends in Western society (and US society in particular). However, this is basically a one-joke film which begins to struggle after a while and even at eighty minutes it was running out of steam well before the end.

When I watched this with my family my teenage son loved this, I quite liked it, my wife and teenage daughter found it rather disappointed and only stayed to see the conclusion because they were just interested enough to want to know how it ended. I think that is partly because the vision of a stupid society is partly presented as one which is designed, insofar as it is designed at all, to meet a parody of the interests of teenage boys.

Luke Wilson plays Joe Bauers, who is selected as the male subject for a US Army experiment because he is perfectly average - average IQ of 100, average blood pressure, etc. Maya Rudolph plays Rita, the female subject.

The experiment is a test of suspended animation: Joe and Rita are supposed to be put to sleep for a year. Unfortunately for reasons we need not describe to avoid a spoiler, they end up asleep for much longer than this. Meanwhile as intelligent people decide to bring one or two children into the world, or not to do so at all, stupid people are breeding like the proverbial rabbits and the pretext of the film is that consequently average intelligence collapses, so that when he wakes up Joe's IQ of 100 makes him far and away the most intelligent person in the world.

However, as Arthur C Clarke once said, "It is yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value ..."

Overall the film makes a few good points about the dangers of undervaluing imagination, creativity and logic and in encouraging people to read and think. However, rather too much of the humour was slapstick and rather "dumbed down" itself.

Somewhere inside "Idiocracy" a much edgier, more scathing and brilliant film was trying to get out.
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on 20 June 2007
This dystopian satire, by Mike Judge of Beavis and Butthead fame, had me in stitches from start to finish. It is likely to polarise opinion in the same way as "Borat" did; it mercilessly satirises American "culture" and as such is likely to draw fire from Americans, people who watch reality TV, people who really like shopping malls, the hard of thinking, and other such groups.

If, on the other hand, you've ever read a book without pictures in it and enjoyed it, there's a fair chance you'll find a lot to like about Idiocracy. The plot is similar to Woody Allen's sleeper; a couple end up getting frozen and living in a dystopian future. In this case the future is what happens when dysgenics reverses the evolutionary process, and people with little to offer the human race breed the most.

Our heroes end up in a world where Starbucks sells handjobs, where soda pop is used instead of water, even for irrigating plants, and where courts have become a Jerry Springer style interrogation. The pacing is good, and the film is not laboured or overlong. Laughs are regular, and many come from the fantastic details. The best gags are too visual to describe here, but many of the minutiae of 21st century everyday life are parodied accurately.

This film will be regarded as a cult classic.
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on 16 February 2010
Excellent depiction of the way society is going thanks to the dumbing down of most aspects of life by those who think they know best.
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