Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Dystopia Tuesday!

Today marks the long-awaited DVD release of Mike Judge's "Idiocracy" a film which could be the companion piece to Alfonso Cuaron's incredible world-gone-infertile "Children of Men", another dystopian movie which you should have already seen by now.

"Idiocracy" stars Luke Wilson as an average-joe army grunt who is drafted for a year-long military cyrogenic experiment that lasts 499 years longer than he expected. He awakens to an America that has devolved into a nation of slang-spouting imbeciles and, by default, becomes the smartest person in the world.

After the success of "Office Space" and "King of the Hill", you'd think that Judge would have some clout, but his latest satire is infamous for being swept under the rug by 20th Century Fox's abysmal and virtually nonexistent marketing campaign. Only released in 125 theaters (amazingly, none of them in New York) "Idiocracy" was met with mixed reviews and only grossed a mere $438,653.

Was the advertising squashed because the studio was afraid of offending potential ticket-buyers? Or was it because the movie skewers corporatism (future Starbucks franchises offer lattes and handjobs), anti-intellectualism, and Fox News?

I haven't seen "Idiocracy" yet, so I can't vouch for the quality of the film, but I'm a huge fan of Judge's work. I would have skipped work to buy a copy as soon as the stores opened, but I have to earn money and shit.

Oh please please please I hope it's funny...


PS Oh, and there will be new and frequent toons coming, so calm down.


Blogger Brian said...

It's good, not great. Definitely worth a rent, but probably won't be a cult hit like Office Space.

Also, I'm 'batin'.

1/11/2007 09:05:00 PM  
Blogger Masheka said...


Have to admit, the more I watch it, the more I love it. It won't be a cult hit like Office Space (one of my favorite movies) but it could have been. Office Space, like Idiocracy, had poor pre-screenings. Maybe more people can relate to having a shitty job than they can to admitting that they have some dumbass habits.

Also I think the fact that the movie looks so (intentionally) ugly that it could turn off some viewers.

I should do a follow up review...

1/12/2007 02:40:00 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Did the DVD have any worthwhile extra features? (A copy of it magically appeared on my hard drive. I did nothing illegal.)

1/21/2007 06:07:00 PM  
Blogger Masheka said...

The only special features on the dvd are five deleted scenes. The best ones involve the girlfriend that protagonist Joe Bauers accidentily leaves behind and the 26th century Musuem of Fart.

Unfortunately no commentary track. I knew that was too much too ask for. Thanks a lot, 20th Century Fox. Assholes...

1/21/2007 11:24:00 PM  
Blogger ixat said...

I waited for this movie for years, but I saw it a few months ago and... Judge dropped the ball, IMHO. Everything in the movie was too obvious, somehow. Also, was I the only one who found that the hooker character came off as not much more intelligent than the future idiots? Kind of diluted the whole thing.

7/05/2007 12:38:00 AM  
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