"One Long Dirty Joke"
What You Need To Know:
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.
(PaPaPa, LLL, VV, SS, N, A, DD, MM) Very strong pagan worldview where intelligence is presented as the supreme good, with rampant spoken and printed foul language including store names; 40 obscenities and six profanities; strong images of futuristic society that is comically violent and vulgar such as man repeatedly gets kicked in crotch, man gets vacuumed up by machine with crowd cheering, and car gets burned with cheering crowd thinking that occupants were inside; strong sexual content with several people shown to be obsessed by sexual desires; clip shown of an “Academy Award” winning film of a man’s naked rear end; alcohol use; people shown smoking something strange; and, much vulgar behavior.
IDIOCRACY is a single dirty joke told in 84 minutes. The first telling may generate a smile but dragging it out for an entire film is idiotic. The only audience that might appreciate the film would be the vulgar unintelligent people it makes fun of.
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.