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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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... Joe Bauers
... Rita
... Frito
... President Camacho (as Terry Alan Crews)
... Secretary of Defense
... Secretary of State
Sonny Castillo ... Prosecutor
Kevin McAfee ... Bailiff (as Kevin S. McAfee)
... Sgt. Keller
... Officer Collins (as Mike McCafferty)
Christopher Ryan ... Hospital Technician (as Ryan Melton)
... Doctor
Heath Jones ... Cop #1
Eli Muñoz ... Horny Guy
... 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 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

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

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25 January 2007 (Germany)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$177,559, 3 September 2006, Limited Release

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$438,653, 1 October 2006
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The film takes place in 2005 and 2505. See more »

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During President Camacho's speech, a Representative on the front line fires his shotgun twice and there is no sound effect. See more »

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[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 ...
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After the credits there is a scene in which Upgrayedd arrives into the future to look for Rita. See more »

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Referenced in (500) Days of Summer (2009) See more »

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Buckaroo
(1965)
Written by Bob Morris
Performed by Buck Owens' Buckaroos
Courtesy of Buck Owens Enterprises
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It's not about the fart jokes...
2 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

As social satire, Idiocracy is just as good as Office Space, but with a wider scope. To criticize this film as too puerile due to potty humor is to kind of miss the point, I think. There are certainly fart jokes etc., but they're not really intended to be funny to the audience - they exist to define the state of "culture" in the world of 2500 AD visited by Joe, as a background to the bizarre state of affairs in which he awakes. The real humor of the film lies in the many sight gags and attitudes present in this future society that are just a shade off of what we encounter in our daily lives, and which should serve as a warning. My personal favorite is the depiction of Fox News. The subtle brilliance in the film lies in the fact that it also digs at "smart" people, and average Joes like the protagonists. Note the times in the film when Joe and Rita almost subconsciously conform to the idiots around them, and you realize that Idiocracy is not created to pick on any group of people in particular, but on the culture of idiocy in general. I don't know what to say about the "made for conspiracy theory" behavior of Fox in releasing this film, but if it's not playing in your local theater, demand it. We all need to see this film, if not for the social commentary, at least for the fart jokes...


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