Wednesday, September 15, 2010


I watched this movie as recommended by a friend. The best way to describe this movie is to say, it was created by Mike Judge. For those of you who don’t know Mike Judge, you do. He created King of the Hill, Beavis and Butthead, the new movie Extract or one of the most famous, Office Space. I like Mike Judge. He creates things using the “What if” premise and then follows through with it, whether it is a pleasant or not. He doesn’t seem to do things just because they would be funny. He does things because he believes that’s what the character would actually do. I find most of his work frustrating to watch because of that reason, but ultimately more genius than annoying. For example I imagine his premise for Beavis and Butthead was something like: “What if there were two teenagers that were so incredibly stupid, that really believed that everything on MTV was as cool as MTV said it was.“ Like it or not, that was Beavis and Butthead. “What if someone who hated his job just stopped going to work, but didn’t quit.” BAM – Office Space. That brings us to Idiocracy.

The whole premise of the movie is explained in the 2.5 min intro. It is really funny, but there is some swearing, so be advised. I can't fault him all the swearing, because he's being as true to these characters ass possible. If you don’t want to watch the intro, basically smart people don’t have kids and dumb people do. Through natural selection humanity gets stupider and stupider. In a gimmicky way, Luke Wilson, whose name is Joe, gets frozen in a capsule and wakes up 500 years later to a point where humanity is basically mentally retarded. Everything is sponsored by Carls Jr. and a wannabe Gatorade. He was chosen because he was the most average guy in the army, but now he is the smartest man in the world.

The movie isn’t all that funny, it’s kind of dumb. Every time someone does something I think, “That’s stupid,” but that’s the point. He makes a dumb movie about dumb people. You can’t fault him for that really. He is just as true to his vision of how that world would be. I’d give it a C, but that’s the thing, in a month or two it’ll be a B. That’s how Mike Judge gets you. It’s kinda funny then, but it’s really funny later. I think Jared Hess is just another flavor of Mike Judge.


Clark said...

Joe's back!

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