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  • Summary: Private Joe Bowers (Wilson), the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program, set 545 years in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed-down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 91
    There's a good chance that Judge's smartly lowbrow Idiocracy will be mistaken for what it's satirizing, but good satire always runs the risk -- of being misunderestimated.
  2. The plot, naturally, is silly and not exactly bound by logic. But it's Judge's gimlet-eyed knack for nightmarish extrapolation that makes Idiocracy a cathartic delight.
  3. 80
    It elicits so many laughs, in fact, that you have to wonder just what Judge did to piss off the suits at Fox so much that they would willingly torpedo one of the only genuinely hilarious movies to come out this year.
  4. The delivery in Idiocracy is frequently flat, but it's vision is dead-on.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    60
    A satire for its time. What Judge is less sure of here than in his previous, perfectly pitched live-action comedy "Office Space," is how to build a complete movie around his key ideas.
  6. 40
    Judge races through some of his most provocative ideas in the opening minutes and ignores his story's many logical inconsistencies; the movie is bracing for its bile but ultimately more frustrating than funny.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    40
    If you crave a lively and funny trek through the farcical possibilities of unchecked dimwit power, Judge is still your guy. Just go rent "Beavis and Butt-Head Do America" instead.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 66
  2. Negative: 7 out of 66
  1. Feb 5, 2012
    10
    Horribly underrated, smart, and way ahead of its time. Idiocracy is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. If you haven't seen it yet, rent it online...NOW. Expand
  2. Oct 4, 2012
    10
    This is quite possibly the most brilliant comedy movie I have ever seen. Every part of it is funny and thought provoking. I would recommend this to all my friends. Expand
  3. Nov 15, 2010
    9
    Not too many movies are so funny and so disturbing at the same time. I am still thinking about scenes from this movie weeks after seeing it, both the laughs and the social commentary. My wife and I refer to it almost daily, whenever we see Jersey Shore or hear that 20% of Americans think Obama is Muslim, etc. Expand
  4. Jan 20, 2014
    9
    Totally original comedy. This movie is a brilliant return-fire against everything that sucks. This is our little secret against the blaring egos and consumerism of today's culture. Expand
  5. Aug 23, 2010
    8
    Imagining a future void of intellectuals or leaders is not that hard. In Idiocracy, the priorities of the populous are grounded in spectacle and pleasure. Set almost 500 years from present day, Uh-merica has become disadvantaged by its own breeders. The film astutely points out how ignorant people, by nature, will continue to reproduce at alarming rates. Survival of the fittest is turned upside down when considering the sheer number of people uncomprehending of consequence. Stupidity infesting the world like cockroaches is all too relevant.

    Our President is most certainly an idiot. We are forced to put up with his gross misconduct and abuse of our countries name because he has disguised his ignorance as faith. Unfortunately, the people steering Bush into destroying the free world are all too aware of their actions. While the world of Idiocracy is unjust and uneffective, at least it lacks the evil genius. The president in the film is Mr. T and Ludicris rolled into one. I cant help but think a president dependent on threats and demands plausible considering the direction we are currently headed. Idiocracy appropriately does not deal with faith because without peddlers smart enough to deal intangible truths, there is no use for it.

    Comparable to the fall of Rome, Uh-merica finds itself existing without knowing to what end. There is no sense of unity or hope for the future, but only an acceptance of shallowness. In essence, writer and director Mike Judge deals with how flavor has replaced purity. As we have come to learn, spin can alter events globally. In Idiocracy, entertainment and free love are as holy as it gets. Altering the mundane is condemned in the film, as even Starbucks perseveres 500 years only to provide affordable and expedient sexual gratification. A combination of ebonics and hillbilly has usurped the English language providing a flashier and less coherent means of communication. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, To be great, is to be misunderstood. In Idiocracy this sentiment is taken to a thought provoking extreme.

    The film delivered ample laughs. It was glaringly uneven, but the short running time helped me forgive some inadequacies. Like Office Space, I enjoyed the characters and premise enough to wade through some of the filler. Mike Judges film will undoubtedly appeal to low brow audiences. However, seeing as the film lacked any endorsements or hype at all, there is something to be said for the exclusivity associated with even knowing about it. The film would have done well if Luke Wilson and Mike Judges previous success had been exploited to sell it. Instead, I shared the theater with maybe seven others on its second day of release. Despite the crude jokes, I couldnt help feeling like my own aptitude had earned a unique and enjoyable viewing experience.
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  6. Aug 31, 2011
    5
    The main concept is great but the film itself is a total disaster. From the very first minute it appears that it's a low-budget comedy with an awful plot and a poor scenario. The jokes aren't funny and it is obvious that the script is not deliberate. They did not take into consideration a lot of things. Great idea but a worse movie. Expand
  7. Jun 21, 2013
    2
    I gave this "film" a 2 only because it was an interesting concept. Beyond Judge saying "Hey, this would be a good concept for a film", his execution was terrible from start to finish. Don't waste your time. If you want a dystopian story about how stupid have become in the future read Super Sad True Love Story. Expand

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