Mike Judge's IDIOCRACY tests! I'm gonna have to ask you to read this... yeah...
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here... I'm very excited to read this positive review. I'm a big fan of OFFICE SPACE (and can't wait to buy the long in the works OFFICE SPACE SPECIAL EDITION DVD in on November 1st!!!), BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD and all of Judge's work. His sense of humor really appeals to me. He's also a super nice person and being an Austinite I've had the pleasure of running into him on many occasions. Hell, he even let me interview him waaayyy back when I was writing for my high school newspaper, pre-AICN.
Now I know IDIOCRACY has been a bumpy road of a production. They've had to do a lot of re-shoots (I heard it had something to do with legal issues regarding brandnames being... played with...)... I'm just happy that the film seems to be a step closer to release. I'm itchin' to see it. The below review doesn't go too much into specifics, but is very positive. Enjoy!!!
Hey Harry, long time reader, first time writer...
Just been to a test screening in the UK of Mike Judges new comedy "Idiocracy". Being a fan of "Office Space" and "Beavis and Butthead" I could not resist the opportunity to go see this movie, which I have been waiting for ever since it was mentioned on your site...
The screening was not held in London, but out in the 'burbs (we never get test screenings out here) and obviously people were excited about this movie cause the cinema was totally packed, every seat was taken. Before the film we were told that some special fx were unfinished, and the credits had to be finished, but the rest of the movie appeared in a complete state.
For those who dont know, this movie is about an ordinary Joe, who gets frozen in an army experiment, intending to wake up a year later, but the army experiment gets forgotten, and he stays frozen for hundreds of years. Didnt this guy watch Futurama? Anyways in the time he has been frozen, the worlds population has become incredibly stupid, and unable to take care of themselves. When Joe wakes up, he is the literally the smartest person on the planet. Hilarity ensues...
Luke Wilson plays the ordinary Joe character well, and plays it nice and simple, as he should, because the comedy comes from the environment he is in, and its insanely stupid citizens. The comedy elements in the film cover most bases: slapstick, parody and most prominently some brilliantly crass toilet and sex humour. I rate any movie where the the future vision of a well known coffee chain is serving sexual services alongside a latte...
The future "stupid society" is brilliantly portrayed, and any questions about how the society functions are answered ingeniously, the "hospital" scene being of particular amusement. There are so many elements I want to mention, but to do so would ruin your enjoyment of this hilarious film. In case you cant tell already, I really enjoyed this movie.
If you have seen Office Space, and are expecting the same kind of deadpan, subtle humour, then you wont find it in "Idiocracy". What you will find is a laugh a minute movie (albeit sometimes simple and crass laughs), which I know other people enjoyed as well cause the whole cinema was laughing... well except for some people behind me who looked like miserable sods anyway!
One thing though... this is actually also a scary vision of the future, and one that could happen. And the irony of Mike Judge (who created Beavis and Butthead) making a commentary on "dumbing down" is a joke in itself!
If you use this, call me Mr. Not Sure.
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Aug. 22, 2005, 1:39 a.m. CST
sounds good to me
Aug. 22, 2005, 1:51 a.m. CST
by Nate Champion
I'm not obscuring the point, am I?
Aug. 22, 2005, 2:01 a.m. CST
by Julius Dithers
Somebody find out which performers are on the movie soundtrack... The opportunity for mockery is irresistible. Perhaps Diddy is producing that album. Nominees, anyone?
Aug. 22, 2005, 2:08 a.m. CST
I hope that was intentional...
Aug. 22, 2005, 2:48 a.m. CST
Perhaps he got Morons from Outer Space on Netflix?
Aug. 22, 2005, 3:52 a.m. CST
Since Beavis and Butthead was a comment on the "dumbing down" of society, I don't think this is a particularly surprising step for Mr Judge. The series doesn't get the credit it deserves, it sounds like most people did't look beyond the "huh huh huh" and consiquently missed out on the funniest goddamn show ever. People are stupid. Dumbass.
Aug. 22, 2005, 4:04 a.m. CST
I like Mike Judge but I hope he credits C. M. Kornbluth for his classic story, written in 1951, a ruthless 20th century real-estate hustler named Honest John Barlow is put into hibernation and wakes in the far future. Over-breeding by low-IQ types has dragged America down to a point at which the small cadre of intellectually capable technicians and administrators can hardly keep things going. They are being overwhelmed by the marching morons. The world can only be saved by Barlow's good old 20th century greed.
Aug. 22, 2005, 4:05 a.m. CST
Tina Majorina as "Daria", Kris Kristofferson as "Todd", Harry Knowles as "Stewart Stephenson", and Shely Long as "Mrs. Stephenson"
Aug. 22, 2005, 4:05 a.m. CST
by Hideo Kojima
and Office Space was also, of course, great... but this movie seems to be more along the lines of B&B type humor.. can't wait...
Aug. 22, 2005, 4:51 a.m. CST
I thought it feel apart at the end, still worth it for the first two thirds though. Office Space was, IMHO, also two thirds of a good movie. Mike Judge seems to have problems ending a film and keeping the comedy going. Hopefully he's got that fixed this time around.
Aug. 22, 2005, 5:54 a.m. CST
Aug. 22, 2005, 6:24 a.m. CST
Hopefully someone out there thought that was funny. Who knows, Hollywood does alternative versions of other entertainment mediums, why not Beavis and Butthead. I don't know why, but I loved that show, and even though it is over 10 years old, I have a ton of the lines memorized, and remember watching the show during high school. If there was no such thing as "Beavis and Butthead" geekdom before this post, I think I just invented it.
Aug. 22, 2005, 7:32 a.m. CST
When will MTV release all the Beavis and Butthead episodes on DVD? That would rule. It really would. And I think the geekdom's always been present, it was just a secret. Wanna hear another secret? Christina Aguilera has had a lady part pierced shut. Weird isn't it?
Aug. 22, 2005, 7:34 a.m. CST
Or even an animated movie brought to the theatres, just to see Boomhauer and Dale up on the big screen.
Aug. 22, 2005, 7:37 a.m. CST
Can see beyond the 'huh huh huh' and still adjudge that the writer didn't achieve his aim. :)
Aug. 22, 2005, 8:58 a.m. CST
Just because the intention of B&B was to comment on the dumbing down of society doesn't automatically make it a good show. I think Office Space is an absolutely fantastic movie, but that's about where my love for Judge ends. Maybe I just never "got" B&B, but I really thought that was an awful show. Maybe if I had been a pothead in high school I would have actually enjoyed it. The show was tolerable until they started sitting around watching music videos, at which point it completely lost me. I don't know if the show's intention was to make funny jokes about the videos, but I never found those segments remotely funny. As far as King of the Hill goes, I'm a casual fan. I've seen a couple of funny episodes and a couple of terribe ones and many in between. That said, I have no problem with dirty or dumb humor, but this sounds like more of a satire than B&B, so hopefully it's a bit smarter than B&B was.
Aug. 22, 2005, 9:02 a.m. CST
after an all night drunken romp through Vegas. He obviously didn't get the part.
Aug. 22, 2005, 9:49 a.m. CST
Dijonase, I don't get your inability to relate to Beavis and Butthead's video commentary. My main gripe with the B&B videos already released were that they didn't include the videos. I thought that was some of the most hilarious (and socially relevant) commentary around. Just thinking about what they said about a Wang Chung video gets me laughing all over again. Plus, one of their favorite videos was of my all time greatest bands, The Replacements.
Aug. 22, 2005, 10 a.m. CST
are you sure it's modeled after that exact one? Because I also read one very similar to this premise by CMK called "The Little Black Bag" which was based on the overbreeding habits of low IQ folk as well. The interesting twist, of course, was that there was a hidden class of super-geniuses that controlled most everything, but let the normal morons THINK they were in charge. that story always seemed like the perfect thing to make a dark comedy out of.
Aug. 22, 2005, 10:32 a.m. CST
"The Little Black Bag" goes like this. A medical instrument kit from the year 2450 is transported back in time and falls into the possession of old Dr. Full, a retired physician and drunkard who had been expelled from the medical association for milking patients. The futuristic instruments are awe-inspiring and virtually operate themselves. The discovery of the black bag restores Dr. Full's self-worth and dedication to healing. A street-wise woman, Angie, realizes the value of the medical instruments and their origin. She forces Dr. Full to accept her as a partner. The two of them soon establish a successful medical practice. When Dr. Full decides to donate the instrument kit to the College of Surgeons, Angie murders him. While demonstrating the safety of the medical bag to a patient, Angie plunges the futuristic surgical scalpel into her own neck, confident it will do no harm. Meanwhile, authorities in the future learn that the medical bag is missing and deactivate it just prior to Angie's demonstration. She slits her own throat. By the time the police arrive, the contents of the black bag had already rusted and are decomposing.
Aug. 22, 2005, 10:48 a.m. CST
Aug. 22, 2005, 11:22 a.m. CST
i "got" b&b from the moment i saw it -- one of the cruder, early ones where beavis mooned a video. i nearly wept with laughter throughout. capturing quinessentially american stupidity, brilliantly, is alot harder than it looks (take it from me). and _office space_ has pretty much surprised everyone as an instant classic of the '90s -- not too many of those, after all. _king of the hill_ is generally sappy most times -- although the episode where bobby laughs to a sappy soundtrack with the blow-up doll was hysterical, but there's not so many of those instances. too bad -- skewering texas has always been a good way to go, comedically. so, i'm eager to see this latest...BUT! can someone explain to me why this quintessentially american director has his film test-screened in a british suburb? does this mean that real-life hank hill's will get to test-screen _sense and sensibility_? "dang, jethro, that thur mr. darcy should oughtta be re-named mr. nancy!"
Aug. 22, 2005, 11:37 a.m. CST
Yes, that's true about "Black Bag" - and i haven't read "March of the Morons"; it sounds like this was a major theme in some of Kornbluth's work. Like, "Black Bag" could basically be an epilogue to the story you just described. Looking back now, the hilarious thing to me is the "graduate and post-grad degrees" that are made up for people to use as titles - Doctorate of Card Filing, Master of Typing, or similar such nonsense. It really puts an ironic smirk on my face as my advertising agency (which specializes in career education) makes up concepts to sell certifications, associate degrees and more with titles like "Office Professional" or "Associate of medical transcription." I'll have to pick up that MOTMorons book soon - it sounds like a good read.
Aug. 22, 2005, 12:35 p.m. CST
Office Space was brilliant, B&B was outstanding, and King of the Hill has some great moments too. I can't wait to see this. But this guy needs to learn to finish his sentences: "I rate any movie where the the future vision of a well known coffee chain is serving sexual services alongside a latte..." What? What do you rate it?
Aug. 22, 2005, 12:43 p.m. CST
During the dog dancing episode, where Bill gets that rotweiller from the pound. When he's hiding in his own shower from the dog, teetering on the top of the shower trying to know a vial of sleeping pills onto the floor so the dog will eat them. Then they show the dog dreaming. Dreaming of tossing Bill's stupid bloated carcas around like a rag doll. Hilarity.
Aug. 22, 2005, 12:44 p.m. CST
Aug. 22, 2005, 12:46 p.m. CST
Is continuallly underrated and forgotten, and last season, FOX basically did what they did to Futurama with it. The show has offerred such ridiculous concepts such as "Doggy Dancing", The Lawn Gnome episode, and the one where Bill joins the Harmoniums or whatever they were called.
Aug. 22, 2005, 12:50 p.m. CST
They were hilarious and I think there is still a market for them in some form of media. Just don't put it on MTV.
Aug. 22, 2005, 12:54 p.m. CST
I don't know of another long-running prime time cartoon that has allowed one of its kid characters to physically grow like they have with Joseph, who sprouted up and got a deeper voice a couple seasons ago... and then last season sprouted even more and took on an even deeper John Redcorn voice... meanwhile Bobby's girlish little Charlie Brown voice remains the same.
Aug. 22, 2005, 1:05 p.m. CST
Aug. 22, 2005, 1:08 p.m. CST
Aug. 22, 2005, 1:09 p.m. CST
This review doesn't tell you shit. It's obvious he didn't see the film. "Oh, I don't want to ruin it for you." Fuck you.
Aug. 22, 2005, 1:56 p.m. CST
beavis and butthead wasn't trying to make a failed point or anything like that that show was just about being insanely funny. there is no social commentery in "you said poo..huhuhuh"
Aug. 22, 2005, 2 p.m. CST
...is probably the smartest show on tv. Judge's humor is best at it's subtlest - even Beavis and Butthead worked best when being subversive, not outright stupid.
Aug. 22, 2005, 2:51 p.m. CST
Totally agreed, barryap. Most of the humor is character-based, and the characters are realistic enough to produce a different kind of humor than say, The Simpsons or Family Guy. I have no reason to doubt the reviewers statement that Idiocracy is more "on the nose" than Office Space of KOTH, but I wonder whether Judge might just be packing more of that subtle humor into this movie as well, and the reviewer maybe didn't catch it on the first go-round. (Both Office Space and King of the Hill get better the more you watch them.)
Aug. 22, 2005, 3:27 p.m. CST
it was done rated R, like the South Park movie. The whole thing felt to me like a missed oppurtunity.
Aug. 22, 2005, 5:08 p.m. CST
Aug. 22, 2005, 5:25 p.m. CST
Now when can we see a trailer?
Aug. 22, 2005, 5:38 p.m. CST
Aug. 22, 2005, 6:50 p.m. CST
by I Dunno
The stories weren't great but the videos were awesome. The point wad that these two are morons but when they watch and rip on videos, you're right with them, placing pop stars on the very lowest level of the intellectual food chain. If only they were around with the boy bands and jailbait skanks. As for the movie being an R, B&B isn't R rated material. Unlike South Park, they never tried to push the envelope of dirtiness. I can't imagine those guys really cursing. It's just not that kind of humor. Despite what most of the people on this site might think, not every movie can be improved upon by making it an R.
Aug. 22, 2005, 8:19 p.m. CST
Wonder why this was screened in the UK? Is it opening there first?
Aug. 22, 2005, 9:02 p.m. CST
by I Dunno
Have to admit that was funny. When I first saw the trailer for The Village I had to resist the urge to yell out that the village was actually in the present and that they all were in some preserve held prisoner by a mad scientist or something. I was slightly off but the real thing was even lamer. Night's next movie should have the twist that there isn't a twist, like what is presented in the beginning is 100% true. That would freak everyone out. Back on topic, Why wasn't there another B&B movie? The first one made a respectible profit. And this movie sound slike it's going to get the Office Space treatment. Small budget, in 100 theaters for 3 days and then a cult hit on video. Judge should have more respect than that by now. Especially since King of the Hill has been on for like 20 years now. Seems like it anyway.
Aug. 23, 2005, 11:58 a.m. CST
All Mike Judge had to do was film one of George W Bush's cabinet meetings and he would have had his film in the can.
Aug. 23, 2005, 2:13 p.m. CST
by Lou Stools
Whenever I think of the 90s, for me it's all about B&B, MST3K and Seinfeld.
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