Take a Drink: for future tech
Take a Drink: for future entertainment
Take a Drink: for Brawndo: The Thirst Mutilator
Take a Drink: whenever President Camacho does something awesome
Take a Drink: whenever Wilson fails to realize Rudolph is a prostitute
Do a Shot: Go away, batin’!
By: Henry J. Fromage (Two Beers) –
Almost a decade later, and we’re still firmly on the road to Idiocracy. Mike Judge’s all too perceptive comedy is about the most average man in the entire military (Luke Wilson) who takes part in an experiment with the most average, uh… artist (Maya Rudolph) in which they are frozen for a year… which becomes 500 years when the military loses track of them. They wake up in a future which isn’t full of evolved geniuses… but rather the far more numerous offspring of today’s idiots and all of the entertainment and corporate infrastructure that enables them.
Idiocracy functions beautifully on two levels- as a goofy Mike Judge comedy and an incisive Mike Judge commentary. Both spring almost entirely from his comprehensively imagined society of imbeciles. It’s all in the details, like how the police uniforms look like Ed Hardy shirts or how you can play Where’s Waldo with the Carl’s Jr. logo in pretty much every scene. Sure, it’s exaggerated, and silly as hell, but it doesn’t take a huge leap of faith to go from Jackass to Ow My Balls! or Vitamin Water to Brawndo.
It’s got electrolytes, right?
Luke Wilson may be the best possible casting for the most average man in the world, and that’s 90% compliment. He has an everyman likability, particularly here, and exudes just enough dim intelligence to make him the top of the heap in this dumbed down society, but not by much. Maya Rudolph is a bit brighter, gloriously ghetto, and pretty damn hot.
Rockin’ that Wonderbread chic
For the future folk, Dax Shepard is almost too damn good at portraying slack-jawed, overstimulated Neanderthal, and all I can say about how awesome Terry Crews’s President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho is that his I.Q. may be sub-retarded, but I’d still vote for him if he was on the next Presidential ballot.
Fuck it, you can have all my freedoms.
The concept way outstrips the plot here, which is pretty basic. Also, the effects really haven’t aged so well, but strangely make it even more charming in an Adult Swim live-action sorta way.
The fan of Idiocracy is noticing just how detailed Mike Judge’s future doofus society is… and how (unfortunately) accurately it reflects our own.