Five hundred years in the future, Joe Bowers (Luke Wilson) discovers he's the smartest man on the planet, and he becomes a close advisor to the president of the United States President Comacho (Terry Alan Crews) in IDIOCRACY.
Youíve just made one of the funniest movies of all time. Itís ignored in theaters but goes on to become one of historyís great cult classics, the subject of water cooler talk in offices the world over. How do you follow it up? If youíre Mike Judge, you donít.
Judge unleashed Office Space on the world back in 1999, and since then has stayed pretty far away from the world of film. Actually, heís stayed pretty far away from everything, living off fat King of the Hill residuals while red staplers fly off shelves and an entire nation of cubicle dwellers with a case of the Mondays considers corporate espionage as a way to get two chicks at the same time. Chicks dig a dude with money.
After seven years of hanging out in his living room Mike Judge finally returns to theaters this September with Idiocracy, a comedy about an underachieving slacker who goes to sleep in the present day and wakes up 1,000 in the future as the smartest guy in the world. He hasnít changed, everyone else has just gotten dumber. For fans hoping to see more of Milton, forget it. Thereís always a chance that Luke Wilson might end up taking a space-bat to a flying galactic-copier, but hopefully there wonít be cubicles in the future.
The setting has changed but Judgeís keen satirical sensibilities remain the same. Office Space tackled the microcosm of stupidity that is the modern workplace, Idiocracy tackles the macrocosm of stupidity that is the entire modern world. Itís a look at where weíre headed, if we keep on acting like idiots. Anyone following whatís going on in the Middle East right now would probably be quick to agree, that continued idiocy seems like a certainty. That means plenty of fodder for people like Judge. Itís not all bad.
MPAA Rating: [ R ]
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: September 1, 2006
Starring: Luke Wilson (Pvt. Joe Bowers), Maya Rudolph (Rita), Dax Shepard (Frito), Stephen Root (Judge Hank "The Hangman" BMW)
Directed by: Mike Judge
Produced by: Mike Judge, Elysa Koplovitz
Written by: Mike Judge, Etan Cohen
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