Idiocracy (2006)

Here’s another movie I wanted to check out in the theaters but didn’t get around to because of the extremely short run it had here in LA (One of the only places in the world where the film actually showed in theaters).

The film is written by Mike Judge and Etan Cohen (Not from the Cohen brothers though) and directed by Judge. For some reason Judge’s humor has always worked well with me. I’ve seen and liked some of Beavis and Butthead and I love Office Space and King of The Hill. For years this movie appeared in IMDB as “Untitled Mike Judge Project” and I’ve been looking forward to seeing it ever since.

It’s clear that the executives at fox didn’t have much faith in the movie, hence the super limited release and quick turn around to DVD. It’s a bit of a shame as there are a lot of funny parts in the film and it is certainly much better than many of the more abysmal comedies flooding the screens these days.

The film tells the story of Joe Bower, the most average man in the US armed forces, who gets “volunteered” for a special experiment in which he would be cryogenically frozen for a year. Things go pretty terribly wrong and Joe wakes up 500 years into the future. In this future the population of the world has gotten dumber and dumber with the years and Joe is actually now the smartest person of the planet.

The future, according to Judge, is not too different from our own world. Just picture a world dominated by some of the corporations we all know (Carl’s Jr, Startbucks, Costco) and filled with people who look like they just came out of the Jerry Springer show. On this basis Judge builds a pretty simple but effective comedy. Not all the jokes work all the time but when they do they are quite funny. I found myself laughing out loud several time during the film which is more than I can say for many other comedies.

Overall, I think this film will find an audience on DVD. It may not be the latent smash hit that Office Space was but there are some really funny bits and fans of Judge will certainly embrace the film. It’s also worth noting that the film doesn’t stretch it’s one-line joke for too long and clocks at a very reasonable 84 minutes.

Costco is huge in the future

Costco is huge in the future, literaly

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~ by bettertomorrow on February 11, 2007.

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