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Idiocracy delivers the hilarity and biting satire that could only come from Mike Judge.



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In 2005, average in every way private Joe Bowers (Luke Wilson) is selected to take part in a secret military experiment to put him in hibernation for a year along with a woman named Rita (Maya Rudolph). The slumbering duo is forgotten when the base they are stored on is closed down and are left in stasis until 2505. When they finally wake up, they discover the average intelligence of humans has decreased so much that Joe is now the smartest man in the world.

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Luke Wilson
as Pvt. Joe Bowers
Terry Crews
as President Camacho
Anthony 'Citric' Campos
as Secretary of Defense
David Herman
as Secretary of State
Michael McCafferty
as Off. Collins
Tom Beaver
as Dan Fisk
Andrew Wilson
as Beef Supreme
Sonny Castillo
as Prosecutor
Kevin Cacy
as Assistant District Attorney
Earl Mann
as Narrator
Danny Cochran
as Secretary of Education
Patrick Fischler
as Yuppie Husband
Darlene Hunt
as Yuppie Wife
Brendan Hill
as Secretary of Energy
Marc Hustvedt
as Teenage Punk
Ryan Melton
as Hospital Technician
Katie Knighten
as President Camacho's Groupie
Justin Long
as Dr. Lexus
Jeremy Lopez
as Devil Wrestler
Eli Muñoz
as Horny Guy
Evan Miller
as Charles Chaplin
Robert Musgrave
as Sgt. Keller
Melissa Sweet
as Slutty Girl
Randal Reeder
as Secret Service Thug
Valerie Posas
as New Slutty Girl
Brenna Rivas
as President Camacho's Groupie
Wes Davis
as Trashy Teen Jock
Kevin Klee
as Ow! My Balls! Guy
Stephen Root
as Judge Hank `The Hangman' BMW
Sara Rue
as Attorney General
Turk Pipkin
as Guy at Costco
Heather Kafka
as Woman at Carl's Jr.
Brent Smiga
as Sharon's Boss
Jennifer Roxanne Vasquez
as President Camacho's Groupie
Lidia Porto
as Female Reporter
Greg Pitts
as Cameraman
Lynnanne Zager
as Carl Jr.'s Computer
Earl Mann
as Narrator
Chris Warner
as Cop at Costco
Lonnie Nelson
as Trapped Man
Marcos Martinez Rios
as Secret Service Thug #2
Jason Konopisos
as Cop at Government Center
Greg Kelly
as Stadium Guard
Derek Southers
as Male FOX Newscaster
Melissa Dawn
as Female FOX Newscaster
Roman Ramos
as Congressman #2
Mark Turner
as Officer
Christopher M. Campos
as Congressman #1
Lawrence Castillo
as Prison Guard #3
Richard Reeder
as Prison Guard #2
Jason Schaefer
as Prison Guard #1/Costco Greeter
Joseph Cheatham
as Doctor in Waiting Room
Melissa Espinales
as Counter Woman
John Dodson
as Additional Officer
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Critic Reviews for Idiocracy

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (9)

  • The whole film has a drab, somnambulant rhythm. Intentional or not, this is part of its genius.

    Oct 4, 2016 | Full Review…
  • If the world is going to hell in any number of handbaskets -- as Judge so acutely demonstrates that it is -- you might as well hitch a ride in his.

    May 7, 2009 | Full Review…
  • The movie is bracing for its bile but ultimately more frustrating than funny.

    Oct 3, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Working on a sprawling canvas, Judge fills the screen with visual jokes, throwaway gags, and incisive commentary on the ubiquity of advertising.

    Sep 8, 2006 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Judge has a gift for delivering brutal satire in the trappings of low comedy and for making heroes out of ordinary people whose humanity makes them suspect in a world where every inch of space, including mental, is mediated.

    Sep 5, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a low-boil affair from the Office Space auteur that wears out its dumb-and-dumbest playbook early on.

    Sep 5, 2006

Audience Reviews for Idiocracy


Proving only that dumber are those who try to argue with dumb people, this is a cheap one-joke comedy that should have been made as an SNL sketch instead of a movie, as it is too silly not to realize that there couldn't possibly be airplanes or stocks in a society like that.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Commentary on today's dumbed down society nearly goes for the throat, but decides to lie down and have a beer instead. And so its nearly funny. This though I like Maya Rudolph in anything.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Clever concept of an average modern-day man waking up in the future to be the smartest person in a sea of moronic masses. If only most of the movie didn't merely detail the exploits of said morons cuz that got annoying and pointless fast.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Though director Judge was given very little money to make this film and was deterred from getting a proper release from 20th Century Fox, there's plenty to be excited about in this comedic look at pure chaos. Looking at the degeneration of the American populace in the next one thousand years, Judge writes with a flourish, an excess of profanities, and a thoughtful look to the future. Everyman Joe Bauers is of average intelligence and is working in the basement of an army library, trying not to get fired and eventually gain his pension. He is put into a military experiment with a prostitute named Rita, to be frozen for a year, but are lost and forgotten, stuck in slumber for a thousand years. The world has changed into one of gluttony, greed, and unusual uses of speech that mostly use four letter words and grunts. The world is much stupider, and though these are some crazy extremes, they feel familiar and even scary at times. Some of the idiocy that is being poked at for laughs doesn't seem so strange when you look at YouTube comments and E! Many of the things that are wrong with this film stem from the fact that it is very low budgeted and didn't get much financing from its studio. The effects in this film are laughably bad, and even for a low budget film they remain lacking compared to even basic green screen. Many of the backgrounds look so obviously fake and that detaches you from the world. You feel a disconnect with the world, and that remains the basic problem, because Judge is trying to make the viewer see the parallels to modern life, and that doesn't come across if everything seems artificial. Judge has always been one to look at life and see the possibilities for satire, including Beavis and Butt-head and "Office Space". There are so many complexities to the levels of understanding of the future and the way in which it is represented, that this film, for all its dullard sensibilities and lewd language, is as thought provoking as any film about dystopias and the erosion of our societal standards.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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