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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

Gross USA:

$438,653, 1 October 2006
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Sara Rue appears uncredited as the Attorney General. See more »

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During the Costco scene when Joe first sees the Starbucks, the sign says Latte: $2,000 Extra foam: $500,000,000. In the next scene however, the sign says Latte: $200 "Hot" latte: $2,000 "Full body" latte: $50,000. 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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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 Jay Leno's Garage: Over the Top (2018) See more »

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Star Spangled Banner
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Lyrics by Francis Scott Key
Music by John Stafford Smith
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This is the beginning of a marketing mystery
2 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

There's no other word for it...Fox dumped this out, with NO marketing of any kind. Nobody in the country, other than those who have been looking forward to this film, know anything about it. All the red flags have flown. It has to be a mess, it can't be anywhere near as good as Office Space, right? Wrong. Though Office Space it ain't, this film definitely has satirical bite and wit. It's a misfire on certain levels, but who's to blame is left to mystery.

Based on what is currently showing in theatres, I can say IDIOCRACY is a good movie. It's funny, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. It's effective, sometimes ingenious. What it isn't as far as I can tell, is finished. We will see something come of this film again, whether it's an extended cut or reshoots. Alone it can be hilarious. It's ballsy at times.

Leaving the theatre, looking around at the mall, I was surrounded by advertisements and billboards, commercialism and stupidity. It's not quite as damning a dystopia as 1984, but this movie paints an ugly future for our culture. And there doesn't seem to be much anybody can do about it. Anyway, go see this if you can and try to find out what happened that it was so specifically buried.


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