Idiocracy 📽️ Mike Judge's Masterpiece 🎬 The First Ever Pre-Documentary Disguised as a Comedy
Idiocracy is one of the few movies that I feel only gets better as it ages. Although intended as a comedy, this movie predicted many future American trends, making it perhaps the first "pre-documentary" ever made.
A Film Ahead Of Its Time 🎬
The Director of Idiocracy, Mike Judge, is probably best known for the tv show Beavis and Butthead, something I must admit I was never a big fan of. However, Idiocracy is not to be compared with any of Judge's other works, for it truly is a film that is ahead of its time.
This film silently rolled into theaters in 2006 with little fanfare or press, and it didn't even gross a half a million dollars in the box office. However, since that time this film has only become more and more popular, and looking back on it now, it's bizarre how many future trends this film predicted.
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In a nutshell, Joe Bauers, the film's main character, volunteers to be part of a US Army "human hibernation experiment". Things go a awry, and Joe wakes up 500 years later along with a prostitute who also signed up for the experiment, after the army had trouble finding a suitable female subject within the military. Joe is shocked to discover the future is a hotbed of stupidity, and that he is extraordinary.
Best Opening Scene Ever
I can still remember the first time I saw the opening scene. It starts off with a serious sci-fi feel, and the narrator's voice combined with the spinning Earth really made me feel this might be a serious movie.
I was flying blind, and no one told me what the movie was about beforehand, nor had I even seen a trailer. What a welcome departure this film was from any legit sci-fi movie, although it might unfortunately turn out to be an accurate prediction of the future if we humans (especially 'Mericans) continue the course we're on.
I grew up in the coalmine areas of southern Indiana, and Clevon's family tree is something I have personally seen play out in real life. My little farmtown highschool even had a daycare within it due to the high rate of pre-graduation teen pregnancies.
So Many Memorable Moments
The amount of quotable moments in this movie knows no end. After seeing Dr. Lexus use it first, I borrowed "scro", and still call some of my friends this word 15 years later.
"Right.....kickass...well, I don't want to sound like a dick or nothing, but it says on your chart you're fucked up, you talk like a fag, and you're shit's all retarded......"
Dr. Lexus is full of gems like that and deserves a movie of his own. The movie only gets better even though the plot is simple; Joe just wants to go back in time 500 years and resume his "average life".
Giving up on the hospital, Joe wanders around to see that in the future, Carl's Jr. can take custody of your children if you don't have enough money for "extra big-ass fries." He's nabbed by the cops when they notice he doesn't have a UPC tattoo after confusing him for the unfit mother.
Joe is quickly found guilty in a court full of corporate logos when paired with a stupid lawyer who doesn't understand his duties.
Everyone has a UPC barcode tattoo for identification, and Joe ends up being assigned the legal name "Not Sure" after a series of beautifully stupid A.I. mistakes. He eventually finds himself with a full pardon and part of the president's cabinet after an IQ test in prison.
He doesn't even try to be extraordinary in a world full of idiots, but even Joe Bauers knows you can't irrigate the crops with Brawndo (Gatorade's future altered ego). Electrolytes are a pretty big deal in this dystopian future, and it seems everyone and everything craves them.
His recommendation to stop irrigating the crops with Brawndo, the thirst mutilator, cause a corporate financial disaster, and Joe finds himself sentenced to one night of "rehabilitation."
During the movie Joe becomes convinced there is a time machine that will take him back 500 years to whence is from, and his main goal quickly becomes locating this time machine.
I won't fully spoil the movie by telling you how it ends, just in case you haven't seen it, but I honestly feel the comedic bits in this movie are so good that it actually needs no plot at all. The characters in this film are unreal, especially "President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Camacho," played by Terry Crews.
This is a must-watch movie, and there is nothing like seeing it for the first time. As the years roll by, this movie's dystopian future predictions have become disturbingly accurate, and that is one of the main things that have thrust this movie into the limelight long after its box office debut.
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