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Idiocracy (2006)

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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.

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Mike Judge

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Mike Judge (story), Mike Judge (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Wilson ... Joe Bauers
Maya Rudolph ... Rita
Dax Shepard ... Frito
Terry Crews ... President Camacho (as Terry Alan Crews)
Anthony 'Citric' Campos ... Secretary of Defense
David Herman ... Secretary of State
Sonny Castillo Sonny Castillo ... Prosecutor
Kevin McAfee Kevin McAfee ... Bailiff (as Kevin S. McAfee)
Robert Musgrave ... Sgt. Keller
Michael McCafferty ... Officer Collins (as Mike McCafferty)
Christopher Ryan Christopher Ryan ... Hospital Technician (as Ryan Melton)
Justin Long ... Doctor
Heath Jones Heath Jones ... Cop #1
Eli Muñoz Eli Muñoz ... Horny Guy
Patrick Fischler ... Yuppie Husband
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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 Bauers - 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 denies 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 downturn. 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 he alienates half the country in the process. Can he make things right and escape a ... Written by halo1k

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

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Trivia

Beef Supreme is played by Andrew Wilson, who is Luke Wilson's brother. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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 ...
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Crazy Credits

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

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References American Pimp (1999) See more »

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Squadron Airborne
Written by Bruce Campbell
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Iddiocracy - Two D's for a double dose of comedy
2 September 2006 | by motherfatherSee all my reviews

This movie was quite a pleasant surprise. I had anticipated it for a long time, and was afraid going in that it couldn't possibly live up to my expectations.

It exceeded them.

I adored this movie.

Hilarious from start to finish (stay until after the end credits!), it is absolutely remarkable how a movie about dumb and annoying characters can be so intelligent, witty, and engaging.

With it's obvious matte paintings, the movie's future Earth recalls the Planet of the Apes series and other Sci-Fi movies of that era.

In fact, this movie is essentially Planet of the Apes, but with people who are the mental equivalent of apes.

It moves at a fairly brisk pace, and Luke Wilson carries the movie quite well, with a character that recalls the one he played in "Bottle Rocket." (There's even a not-so-subtle nod to "Bottle Rocket" in an early scene).

Maya Rudoulph is also surprisingly good as a former "painter" who was frozen as well.

Despite all its strengths, "Idiocracy" has the distinct feel of a movie that was taken away from the director/editor before it could be fine-tuned.

I cannot for the life of me understand why a movie this funny would just be dumped into a few theaters with no advanced screenings, no trailers, no marketing whatsoever.

It's as if the studio decided they were not going to spend any more on it and just walked away.

Or maybe they thought the movie had the makings of a cult classic, and the only way for it to become a true cult classic was to set it up to fail?

Whatever the case, it is a shame, because Mike Judge and this film in particular deserve better.

I predict this movie will have real legs on DVD, and word of mouth will propel it to the success it deserves.

Perhaps the Fox Executives saw themselves in the characters, were confused, and thought it was a documentary?


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Language:

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Release Date:

25 January 2007 (Germany) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$124,367, 3 September 2006

Gross USA:

$444,093

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$495,303
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