Saturday, March 03, 2007

Recommended Watching: Idiocracy

I don't know quite what to say about this one —

— except that it's very crude, very acerbic, somewhat uneven, and very, very funny. I wish I'd written it. If I ever get to teach a course in science fiction cinema, this one will probably be on the required watching list.

You need more? Okay, the setup is that Luke Wilson plays Private Joe Bauers, an absolutely and utterly ordinary schlub who gets selected for a top secret Army experiment in human hibernation. Except something goes awry (of course) and he wakes up in the year 2505, to discover that, because for generations intelligent people have been too busy to have children while useless dimwits have continued to procreate with gleeful abandon, the human race has now deteriorated to the point where a retired pro wrestler is now the President of the United States!

Okay, so maybe this joke is funnier if you live in Minnesota.

Suffice to say, if you liked Office Space or King of the Hill, you'll probably like this one. If you've never seen either of those, think of Idiocracy as Sleeper with a less neurotic and more likable lead character and a much more savage and satirical sense of humor.

It's definitely not a movie for everyone, but I really enjoyed it.