Up 243 this week

Idiocracy (2006)

R  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi  |  25 January 2007 (Germany)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 101,147 users   Metascore: 64/100
Reviews: 419 user | 119 critic | 8 from Metacritic.com

Private Joe Bauers, the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive.



(story), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, journeyman Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

Director: Garth Jennings
Stars: Martin Freeman, Yasiin Bey, Sam Rockwell
Evolution (2001)
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A fire-fighting cadet, two college professors and a geeky but sexy government scientist work against an alien organism that has been rapidly evolving ever since its arrival on Earth inside a meteor.

Director: Ivan Reitman
Stars: David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Julianne Moore
Office Space (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss.

Director: Mike Judge
Stars: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman
Galaxy Quest (1999)
Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help.

Director: Dean Parisot
Stars: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman
Extract (2009)
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Joel, the owner of an extract plant, tries to contend with myriad personal and professional problems, such as his potentially unfaithful wife and employees who want to take advantage of him.

Director: Mike Judge
Stars: Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Ben Affleck
Mystery Men (1999)
Action | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A group of inept amateur superheroes must try to save the day when a supervillian threatens to destroy a major superhero and the city.

Director: Kinka Usher
Stars: Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, William H. Macy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home.

Director: Jared Hess
Stars: Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries
Spaceballs (1987)
Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Planet Spaceballs' President Skroob sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal planet Druidia's abundant supply of air to replenish their own, and only Lone Starr can stop them.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis
Dogma (1999)
Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is called upon to save the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loop-hole and reenter Heaven.

Director: Kevin Smith
Stars: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The dimwitted teen duo of Beavis and Butt-Head travel across America in search of their stolen television set.

Directors: Mike Judge, Mike de Seve, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Mike Judge, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A group of misfits enter a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament in order to save their cherished local gym from the onslaught of a corporate health fitness chain.

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Stars: Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Vince Vaughn
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The comic 'Bluntman and Chronic' is based on real-life stoners Jay and Silent Bob, so when they get no profit from a big-screen adaptation they set out to wreck the movie.

Director: Kevin Smith
Stars: Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Ben Affleck


Cast overview, first billed only:
President Camacho (as Terry Alan Crews)
Sonny Castillo ...
Kevin McAfee ...
Bailiff (as Kevin S. McAfee)
Officer Collins (as Mike McCafferty)
Christopher Ryan ...
Hospital Technician (as Ryan Melton)
Heath Jones ...
Cop #1
Eli Muñoz ...
Horny Guy
Yuppie Husband


Officer Collins has been spearheading one of the US Army's most secretive experiments to date: the Human Hibernation Project. If successful, the project would store its subjects indefinitely until they are needed most. Their first test subject - Joe Bowers - was not chosen for his superiority. Instead, he's chosen because he's the most average guy in the armed services. But scandal erupts after the experiment takes place, the base is closed, and the president disavows any knowledge of the project. Unfortunately Joe doesn't wake up in a year, he wakes up in 500 years! But during that time human evolution has taken a dramatic down turn. After waking up, Joe takes a prison-assigned IQ test and finds that he's the smartest guy alive! Awaiting a full presidential pardon if he can solve one of the country's biggest problems - the dwindling plant population, Joe races against time to solve this problem. But in doing so he alienates half the country in the process! Can he make things right ... Written by halo1k

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Future Is A No Brainer See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sex-related humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

25 January 2007 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

3001  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$177,559 (USA) (1 September 2006)


$438,653 (USA) (29 September 2006)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| (as dts)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The premise of this movie - someone waking up several hundred years in the future and finding that people have gotten much stupider due to an expanding population and a lack of evolutionary pressure - was previously used in "The Marching Morons", a short story written in 1951 by Cyril M. Kornbluth. See more »


On the back of the DVD case Luke Wilson's character's name is spelled Joe Bowers, while in the end credits it is spelled Joe Bauers. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: As the 21st century began, human evolution was at a turning point. Natural selection, the process by which the strongest, the smartest, the fastest, reproduced in greater numbers than the rest, a process which had once favored the noblest traits of man, now began to favor different traits. Most science fiction of the day predicted a future that was more civilized and more intelligent. But as time went on, things seemed to be heading in the opposite direction. A dumbing down. How ...
See more »

Crazy Credits

A note near the end of the credits says "This film was also cut entirely on a computer". See more »


References Back to the Future (1985) See more »


Trio Sonata No. 1 in G
Written by Domenico Gallo
Performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Courtesy of Extreme Production Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Just how stupid does this movie have to be for people to get the point?
3 September 2006 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Let me start by saying that if you're expecting subtle humour, you're in the wrong theatre. It's low-brow and heavy-hitting. But he's not out to tickle your funny bone. He's got the sledgehammer out and he's drawn a bead on the side of your head. But fear not. As movies go, this is a fairly gentle education. Oh, also, heavy on the swearing, but once again, Mike Judge, not Fred Rogers.

Was this movie called 'intelliocracy'? F*** no. The gem, the essence that is Mike Judge is that he has the ability to make people laugh at themselves. Beavis and Butthead was most popular with teen-aged boys, the very people at which it incessantly poked fun.

With that in mind, I don't think the humour in this movie is aimed at the super intelligent. Maybe you are all too smart to get it. But he's not aiming at you. He's aiming at your average Joe. And he's got a message: get your act together and for god's sake, study botany! It is a little disjointed and the narrator gets to be a little irritating after a while, but once again, this movie is meant for people who need a lot of narration ;-) It's funny. It has a message that it wants to make sure that we all understand.

I question the casting of Luke Wilson in the role of a man with a 100 IQ. Sometimes, he's not able to play down (what's he got, like, a 104?) to the level of his character. Slightly forced at times.

Kudos on Dax Shepard in this one. I remember seeing him in Zathura and thinking, "This guys looks like an idiot." In this movie, he makes a great idiot. Maybe I'm psychic.

It took a while to warm up to Maya Rudolph, but I gave her a little leeway. After all, she did have to play straight man to an entire planet. But once she got a little screen time, she made a solid contribution.

Terry Crews played the same psychotic, aggressive character he's played many times before, but he makes a first-rate president none the less.

Another bonus is that the place was practically empty. Counting my girlfriend and I, there were literally six people in the theatre. We could've had a barbecue pit and a mariachi band. So, no annoying people talking, as appears to be the norm in the 'talking-to-the-tv' age.

All in all, a good premise and a competent delivery, given the intended goal. Lots of laughs sprinkled throughout.

What made this movie scary was the fact that when we walked out of the theatre, it was sort of like the movie was still playing. We saw a lot of idiocy in the people immediately around us, maybe made more apparent by the dose we got in the theatre....

They're all pods, all of them!

402 of 507 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
If somebody has an IQ of 150 georgijeg1
Serious? Mm_Blaahh
Which large US city is closest to the stupidity in Idiocracy? telephonius
Ow! My balls! P-rock52
Treating others right comes before smarts stonesman424
Funniest part of the movie Warrengt
Discuss Idiocracy (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: