Idiocracy (2006) Poster



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The very small Surgeon General's warning seen on the Tarrylton's Cigarettes billboard reads: "Warning: The Surgeon General has one lung and a voicebox but he could still kick your sorry ass".
The presidential RV has the number 28000, which is the real tail number for Air Force One.
Unsure of how to market the film after disastrous test screenings, Fox sat on the near-completed film for over a year, before finally giving it an unusually small release in only 6 markets (skipping over major markets such as New York City). The release was done with little to no marketing.
The premise of this movie - someone waking up several hundred years in the future and finding that people have gotten much more stupid 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.
The script title was originally "The United States of Uhh-merica", and the working title was "3001".
Upon its initial release, writers Mike Judge and Etan Cohen insisted that they did not intend for the film to be a satire of modern life. However, the writers changed their tune over a decade later. Due to a particularly contentious and unpopular presidential campaign season in 2016 and social developments in the United States, Judge and Cohen admitted on social media that they fear that portions of their film are coming to fruition.
In Clevon's family tree there is a chimpanzee, a goat, a dog and Hank Hill.
Although the marketing campaign for this film went unnoticed, 20th Century Fox decided to actually license out the "Brawndo" drink for sale. The drink itself has gained a cult following, though it is no longer available for purchase at www.brawndo.com.
When Joe is being apprehended by the police in Costco, the background screens display why he is wanted: "For being a dick" "For excaping from jail" "For fucking up lots of shit"
In addition to the Fuddrucker's gag, early drafts of the script had another scene showing the devolution of sports - with a stadium's marquee sign changing from "Championship Baseball" to "Extreme Baseball" (essentially just a bat fight), to finally just "Fire".
There is a brief scene after the credits.
Beef Supreme is played by Andrew Wilson who is Luke Wilson's real life brother.
All of the logos for actual modern day businesses are altered in the future. The exception is the logo for Fox News, which is the actual logo used by the network at the time of this film's release.
Frito's last name, "Pendejo", is a Spanish insult which means pubic hair but coveys the same sentiment as "dickhead", his full name "frito pendejo" means fried pubic hair or "fried dickhead".
In addition to concerns about how to market the film, 20th Century Fox also grew weary of the film's frequent, harsh critiques of recognizable corporations. Studio executives wished to shuffle the movie to DVD shelves as quickly and quietly as possible. The film's contract, however, stipulated that it had to receive a theatrical release. The studio met the terms of the contract, but provided no marketing for the film, released it in an unusually small number of cinemas in select cities, and pulled the film in all markets after only one week. So little effort was put into showing the film in theaters, that some of the few cinemas that screened the film were forced to promote it as "Untitled Mike Judge Project" in their lists of coming attractions.
The rapper Scarface appears in the movie as the Pimp Upgrayedd. Scarface as a part of his group Geto Boys provided many of the rap songs in Mike Judge's comedy Office Space (1999).
The object that causes the Garbage Avalanche of 2505 is a beer can - which is recyclable.
The main character's name is "Joe Bauers", who is made the Secretary of the Interior, charged with trying to solve the issue of crops not growing in the future. "Bauer" is the German word for "farmer".
The riff played by the guitar army during the rehabilitation scene is either The Turtles' "Buzz Saw" or ZZ Top's "Tramp" (the latter of which lifted the former's melody).
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When Joe is escaping from prison he runs past a rusted out DeLorean, an obvious nod to another time traveling movie, Back to the Future (1985).
When Joey is being "rehabilitated" via a demolition derby, the announcer declares his opponents are going to hit him with The Malachi Crunch. This is a direct reference to Happy Days. The Malachi Brothers were enemies of Fonzie who faced him in a demolition derby and whose killer move was The Malachi Crunch.
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Sara Rue appears uncredited as the Attorney General.
Early on, when the narrator explains how the military's hibernation experiment went awry, they show stills of newspaper clippings - about the arrest of Ofcr. Collins and the pimp Upgrayedd. In the clipping for Upgrayedd, it mentions he'd been charged with '420 crimes.' This number - '420' is visible in several spots in the article, and is slang for Marijuana.
Many characters are named after present companies and products: Beef Supreme, Velveeta (newscaster), and Hank "The Hangman" BMW.
Frito was named Dizz in the original script.
The average length of a shot is 1.9 seconds.
The film takes place in 2005 and 2505.
The beer can that starts the garbage avalanche is labeled MAC 50. This is also the name of the standard-issue semi automatic pistol of the French army produced from 1950 until 1978.
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Artie Lange auditioned for a role.


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When President Joe Bauers is giving his inauguration speech he raises both middle fingers over his head. This is based on President Richard Nixon's typical hand gesture of both hands raised in a "V for Victory" sign.

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