One Long Dirty Joke
Release Date: September 01, 2006
Starring: Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax
Shepard, Sara Rue, Terry Crews
Genre: Science Fiction Satire
Runtime: 84 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Director: Mike Judge
Producer: Mike Judge, Michael Rotenberg,
Writer: Mike Judge, Etan Cohen
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Peter Chernin, President/COO
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The film opens with a documentary style joke contrasting the family “tree” of a couple with a high IQ versus that of a promiscuous slob having children with every woman he can get near. The smart couple waits to have children until they discover they can’t. The slob’s tree grows like a weed, including after he is saved from death by some smart doctors. This short introductory documentary, though laced with vulgarities in shots showing the slob and his women, is cleverly done. The rest of the movie drags along like a trash truck missing its rear tires.
In the main feature a perfectly average Army private Joe (Luke Wilson) and a hooker named Rita (Maya Rudolph) are made guinea pigs in a top secret experiment to test if humans can be stored for one year in hibernation. Scandals close the base and the guinea pigs wind up in hibernation for 500 years. Only when a garbage avalanche sends Joe’s sleep chamber through to wall of Frito’s (Dax Shepard) apartment does Joe awake to discover he is 500 years in the future in a society comprised with vulgar idiots.
Through a series of satirical sketches about police, hospitals, courts and jails Joe is found to be the smartest man alive. He is drafted to serve as Interior Secretary at the White House to solve the problems of the world. All the while he is attempting to get to a time machine to transport himself and Rita back from the future.
Filmmaker Mike Judge’s ("Beavis and Butt-Head," "King of the Hill") twist on future hospitals, courts, legislatures, shopping clubs, coffee shops, news anchors and such are all appropriately nasty, given the movie’s premise. In a sick sort of way it does make one think about who is adding the most rapidly to world population.
The biggest problem with IDIOCRACY is that Mike Judge ties virtue to intelligence. Having a high IQ does not make one virtuous, doing the will of God does. The quality of life in the future will be more contingent on the morality of those living than on their IQ. The vulgar, sex crazed society Judge presents in his satire would more likely come from a collapse of belief in God than from a shortage smart people.
The problem with IDIOCRACY is that Judge ties virtue to intelligence. Having a high IQ does not make one virtuous, doing the will of God does. The quality of life in the future will be more contingent on the morality of those living than on their IQ. The vulgar, sex crazed society Judge presents in his satire would more likely come from a collapse of belief in God than from a shortage smart people.