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Idiocracy delivers the hilarity and biting satire that could only come from Mike Judge.
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The whole film has a drab, somnambulant rhythm. Intentional or not, this is part of its genius.
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.
The movie is bracing for its bile but ultimately more frustrating than funny.
Working on a sprawling canvas, Judge fills the screen with visual jokes, throwaway gags, and incisive commentary on the ubiquity of advertising.
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.
It's a low-boil affair from the Office Space auteur that wears out its dumb-and-dumbest playbook early on.
The film was shelved good and hard after its initial release, and it's not difficult to see why. It's just a little too close to genuine reality.
Here we are, watching TPTB water the crops with Brawndo EVERY SINGLE DAY and a substantial chunk of the populace actively wondering why the rest of us are freaking out.
The film is completely unique and its sci-fi bent is fully realized in a way that some sci-fi films fail to capture.
This demented look at destructive mass consumption barely approaches feature length. Still, Mike Judge dots each appealingly cheap scene with spastic sight gags and offers fiendishly hilarious, frighteningly plausible examples of cultural decay.
Even if some of the gags about dumb people start becoming tiresome, it's linked to a sensation of discomfort that should make us legitimately worry about the direction we're headed in.
So-so attempt at revisiting Sleeper. Unfortunately Mike Judge is no Woody Allen, nor is Woody Allen himself nowadays.
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.
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.
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.
Perhaps it is just me, but I didn't find it intelligent, just idiotic.
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