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IDIOCRACY to see the light of day? In a theater? On September 1st!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a bit of good news/bad news courtesly of the Austin Chronicle. It looks like good news for me, being an Austinite means I get to see Mike Judge's IDIOCRACY on September 1st. Bad news for everybody else is that Fox is only releasing the film in 6 other cities. I've heard things all over the map for this movie, about an average man who volunteers for an army project, is put to sleep for hundreds and hundreds of years and wakes up in a country that has been so dumbed down that he is literally the smartest man on Earth. I've heard it's crazy insane funny and I've heard it is very flawed, even hard to sit through. All I know is the premise is great, OFFICE SPACE was fuckin' great and I'm all for seeing this film. Hopefully it'll do well in Austin and the other markets and Fox will release it wider. Here's the original Chronicle blurb:

The good news is that Austin fans will finally get to see Mike Judge's futuristic comedy, Idiocracy, on the big screen. The bad news is that people in most other areas of the country likely won't. Idiocracy opens in limited ? and very quiet, judging by the lack of a trailer and short notice ? release on Sept. 1 in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, and Toronto, a spokesperson for 20th Century Fox said. Whether the long-delayed, Austin-shot film will expand to other markets is uncertain. The announcement comes on the heels of a report on the MTV Web site that the film's release was "postponed indefinitely" with rumors of the dreaded limited release. Wrong on the first; correct on the second. Which leads to the obligatory questions: Is it that bad? Will film execs ever figure out Judge's humor? Is the film's star, Luke Wilson, cursed? (His Austin-shot directing debut, The Wendell Baker Story, should be filed under whereabouts unknown.) Lest we forget, Judge's Office Space was a dud at the box office but remains gold on DVD/video. The better news hereabouts is that Judge appears to be preparing for his next live-action feature, Meat in the Freezer.

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  • Aug. 25, 2006, 6:35 a.m. CST


    by mattyholmes


  • Aug. 25, 2006, 6:35 a.m. CST


    by Datascream

    sounds kinda funny actually. I might watch on video since that's where I'll likely see it anyways.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Still unbelievable that Office Space was a dud

    by chrth

    I actually saw it in the theaters, and the whole audience was in a freakin' uproar. ... As for this movie, it was going to have problems because of the Futurama associations --- sorry Mr. Judge, they're inescapable.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 6:36 a.m. CST


    by Zarles

    Doubtful. Anyway, ain't it shitty how we never get to see movies like this, yet suckfests like You, Me and Dupree can't get made fast enough?

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 6:48 a.m. CST

    What about DC?

    by Kentucky Colonel

    If George W. Bush, arguably the dumbest piece of shit ever to come out of Texas, can play in Washington DC for 8 years...why can't we get Mike Judge for at least a weekend?

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 8:15 a.m. CST

    i hate FOX soooooo much

    by tripp5

    if Fox was a singular living entity, i would want to murder it ruthlessly and desecrate its remains

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 8:17 a.m. CST

    chrth: I'm not really surprised OS was a failure...

    by brycemonkey

    I like the film but can see why it didn't do well at the box office. If 'The Office' had a feature film now it probably wouldn't do well despite being a world renowned show. Now, think about a feature of the office 10 or more years ago without any real knowledge of what it is. Most people that go to the cinema want to see Will Smith blowing something up and saying something funny. They don't want to be reminded that their life is meaningless and shit. Man, I'm on a downer today...

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 8:18 a.m. CST


    by chrth

    Well, Office Space was marketed terribly. But I thought Word of Mouth would've saved it ... I guess just not enough people went to see it in the first place to make a difference.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 8:30 a.m. CST

    I dreaded seeing Office Space for some reason...

    by JohnGalt06

    Went out of my way to avoid it, actually. Finally someone harrassed me into seeing it and of course I loved it. Apparently, the studio hated it when they first saw it. How dumb are they? Hopefully, it's the same thing with IDIOCRACY...

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Love Mike Judge...but this looks to be bad

    by Superneal

    Why else would they delay thi sfor 2 years?

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 8:47 a.m. CST

    By the way, I really liked this movie...

    by JohnGalt06

    the first time I saw it, when it was called "Sleeper". Seriously, it's pretty much the same premise.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 8:48 a.m. CST


    by big_nerd

    I'll see it if it's playing somewhere in Chicago long enough for me to find it. And kudos to Judge for having the sack to try and get more live action stuff released. After OS and this, I would have bailed completely.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Why else would they delay this?

    by godoffireinhell

    I'll tell you why. Because Tim Rothman smokes crack for breakfast and then plays with his penis pump all day while making the dumbest decisions possible.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Even if it is absolutely terrible, this still makes....

    by JohnGalt06

    absolutely no sense. Listen, Fox: Pretend the movie is good. Market the shit out of it with "From the director of OFFICE SPACE" on every ad. If you build it up, people will come. Who is running this fucking studio, anyway? Having Judge is an asset, why piss him off like this?

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 8:56 a.m. CST

    They WOULD delay/limit release...

    by The Pusher

    The one movie I've really kinda been looking forward to for the past two years.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 9:25 a.m. CST

    HA!! I'm in Chicago so I get to see it and you

    by Borgnine JR

    don't! Move to the Big City, Rubes.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Gary Cole

    by artie langes nut

    I used to work in the building where they did casting for Law and Order, and one day Gary Cole came in and I was alone on the elevator with him....Like a lunatic I go "Yeah, were gonna need you to take your desk and move it as far back against that wall as humanly possible"...Guy looked at me dead on and goes "If I had a fucking nickel for how many times people quote that fucking movie to me" and got off the elevator.....Good times

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 9:55 a.m. CST

    execs don't get Judge. they're fucking LUMBERGHs

    by HypeEndsHere

    i swear. Mike Judge is consistently dead-on when it comes to satire and that is his downfall. the man has a track record of Beavis and Butt-Head, King of the Hill, and Office Space which, like Austin Powers, bombed at the BO only to become a bona fide video hit making a ton of scratch. the people actively dumbing down america are those that stand as a damn between it's creative thinkers and the public. ie: Fox.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 9:56 a.m. CST

    chrth: Word of mouth...

    by brycemonkey

    yeah, it's funny how back in the day (80s/early 90s) word of mouth really did affect the BO. Flashdance and Basic Instinct come to mind as two good examples. Does that happen anymore? Perhaps Mike Judge is right and we are getting dumbed down so as not to believe opinions from people who aren't on TV...

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 10:07 a.m. CST

    by HypeEndsHere

    there's a link to an Esquire piece on Mike Judge from June. it has a few good insights into what's really going down.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 10:14 a.m. CST

    So wait, was Gary Cole annoyed by that...

    by JohnGalt06

    or what? He sounds like kind of a dick. But then I guess I could see getting sick of that shit.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Hurray for Houston

    by Big Bad Clone

    funny how for such a big city, we usually have to wait awhile to see all the good shit. Of course, that's like bitching about how long you have to wait for microwave popcorn. We still get the good shit anyways.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 10:24 a.m. CST

    whats so sweet about texas????

    by lofe101

    and why do they have three showings of this? pretty gay, what happened to New York? i guess the gumms just eat this shit up.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 10:26 a.m. CST

    New York City!

    by Mal-content


  • Aug. 25, 2006, 10:36 a.m. CST


    by Shaz_bot80

    Why!? It seems that this movie is getting lost in the system! Unfair, I want to see this!

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Of course Cole was annoyed by that.

    by Flickerhead

    Who wouldn't be? A perfect stranger starts quoting movie lines at you in an elevator? Why on earth would anyone do something like that? What is the appropriate response for Cole? "Ha, ha! I was so funny in that movie!" Or, perhaps, "You mean you've seen my film? Wahoo!" Or maybe, "Say, you oughta be in pictures." Even "thanks" doesn't make sense. Hell, I hate it when people make small talk in the elevator. I can't imagine what I'd do if they started quoting movies at me out of the blue.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Hell I just thought it was funny

    by artie langes nut

    Ran into Dennis Farina in the elevators all the time, never had the balls to quote lines to him even though i say mornon #1 put moron #2 on the phone all the time. Point was, Love Office Space, so much, the power to act like a dick that we all have at any given point, came out. Gary Cole in Talladega Nights, another awesome performance, I dont work in the building anymore so he has nothing to worry about

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 11:06 a.m. CST

    I was in an elevator with John Stamos

    by Ace Hunter

    I sang the Full House themesong over and over at the top of my lungs. He got mad and yelled something in Spanish. Actually...I think it was one of the cleaning women. Anyway, I wish I lived in Texas so I could make other feel bad for not being able to see this movie.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 11:28 a.m. CST

    I just saw this advertised in the Arclight email

    by BitterMan23

    I figured it was a misprint. This is great!

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Not good

    by Gigolo Joe

    I don't know about the movie, but the script was pretty lame. It's just one 'stupid person' joke after another. There's none of the cleverness of Office Space. If this movie ever comes out, I foresee another angry letter from Steely Dan.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 11:42 a.m. CST

    If I Had to Guess...

    by jollydwarf

    ...I'd say that Fox, i.e. Rupert Murdoch's studio, and its 'news' network viewers wouldn't have much of a 'sense of humor' about this film, whether they 'get' Mike Judge's or not. Might be hitting a LITTLE too close to home for roughly half the U.S.--and growing! I just hope that they at least give it a half-assed DVD release and don't have "" make sure it gets sealed in a box at a Fox Studios warehouse, never to be seen again. (Not saying the film is great, as I have no idea, but in a summer that saw "Zoom", "Little Man", and "Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties" could've fuckin' put this out there right about now.)

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 12:11 p.m. CST

    so what's the word on MEAT IN THE FREEZER?

    by beamish13

    re: Bitterman23-glad to hear that it's coming to the Arclight.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 12:14 p.m. CST

    No San Francisco?!

    by JustinSane


  • Aug. 25, 2006, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Yeah, San Francisco is usually before most cities...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...outside of NYC and L.A. What gives?

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 12:49 p.m. CST

    i live in austin...

    by Flux_brown


  • Aug. 25, 2006, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Whoo Hoo! Toronto gets it!

    by Nazzim O'Bazzim

    In your face, New York City! erm.. on second thought, what exactly am I celebrating here? They probably just thought "Ahh.. give it to Toronto, the audiences there will watch anything."

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 2:13 p.m. CST

    In a way, this does make sense...

    by Kevin Bosch

    ...but it's being done for the wrong reasons. It's safe to assume that the new Mike Judge movie will make the bulk of it's box from DVD sales. What they should've done was have a real limited roll out. You know, NYC, LA, and maybe Austin, the opening week, then other metropolitain areas. Give it only to arthouses, and make people who can't get to them clamore to see it, based on word of mouth. Then dump it on DVD everywhere and watch it make a ton of cash. Not this one day, mostly Texas, cop out. Now this is going to have the stink of Direct to Video, even with Judge's name and "from the creator of Office Space" on it. Then again, who knows, maybe this is the first step (second step, after Bubble) to ligitimizing DTV.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Saw the poster in Orange County

    by 12-GAUGE DIXON

    Which isn't technically LA. So, who knows how it may be distributed. Plus, as for the earlier comments, Office Space was a dud in the theaters, but it went huge in the home market.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 2:32 p.m. CST

    The more B-list the star, the more pissed they get

    by Terry_1978

    When you ask them to recite a line or something from a past show or movie. The A-listers seem much more happy to do it, go figure. And why has King of the Hill not been turned into an animated theatrical movie yet?

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Still haven't seen OS yet, even though I've owned it...

    by minderbinder

    on dvd for years. Just can't bring myself to watch it. And that Cole story is fucking awesome, I have a lot more respect for a guy who says how he really feels instead of putting on some bullshit act and acting all grateful or something. My wife saw John Stamos in a restaurant once...he saw someone elses food go by and changed his order. I'm disappointed she didn't go up to him and tell him Bob Saget's version of The Aristocrats.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Why is the question mark the default punc.?

    by CreasyBear

    On some posts, all the apostrophes, and, in this case, the dashes, magically transform into question marks. Is someone trying to patch through with an Apple 2-3 or something?

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 4:24 p.m. CST


    by Alientoast

    Yeaahh...hi...I'm gonna have to have you open in limited release...yeaahh...only six cities...yeaahh...ok? that would be great...yeaahh.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Is it only playing for one day?

    by DanielKurland

    I move to Toronto on September 2, and would definitley see it. One day just seems silly...and a personal attack on myself.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Brilliant meta-marketing?

    by Merkin Muffley

    Could be!!

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 6:01 p.m. CST

    I live in LA.

    by CoursinLarry

    And I will be there. I'll support anything Mike Judge does. The world needs this guy and his movies.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 6:28 p.m. CST


    by mocky_puppet

    because the code beneath this site is cruddy.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 7:18 p.m. CST

    The city exterior set...

    by CrayonPie

    ...was built right next to the lofts where I live. The set was built on the back lot of this cool, historic-landmark, electricity plant here in downtown Austin. It was a very cool set! Hard to believe that was over 2 years ago!

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 7:54 p.m. CST


    by whereAMeye

    Its gonna flop and I'll tell you why. Judge is too nice of a person to handle the claws of FOX. They fucked the man over and made Office Space an initial box office turkey only to have it turn into DVD/Video gold. The website is'nt up. There's no images other than those same TWO images that all the sites use. No trailer. No leaked footage. Nothing. I'm disappointed in Judge for trusting those assholes and not taking his talents elsewhere. I want to see this movie so bad I'll kill myself to see it.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Luke Wilson isn't cursed, he's all-knowing

    by SnapT

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 9:15 p.m. CST

    I saw Judge once at a screening here in L.A.

    by beamish13

    I believe it was the first night of the 2005 Animation Show at the Nuart. Don Hetzfeldt, responding to a question about KING OF THE HILL, said "Why don't you ask Mike himself?" and he timidly put up his hand and waved from the very back of the room

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 9:54 p.m. CST

    LA tickets are up

    by X-Ray Cat

    The Arclight website ( is now selling tickets for the only listed showtime, midnight on Friday morning/Thursday night. Just thought I'd let everyone know in case this a one-off showing that sells out...

  • Aug. 26, 2006, 3:36 a.m. CST


    by shatfanat

    WHAT'S SO SWEET ABOUT TEXAS!?!?! A truly stupid question from someone who obviously has never been here. Where the hell are you from anyways, sweetheart? And, for the record, I'm looking forward to this movie...Mike Judge has proven himself time and time again as far as I'm concerned - even though Luke Wilson is kind of a douchebag.

  • Aug. 26, 2006, 5:23 a.m. CST


    by reckni

    I ate the cover sheet with some mushrooms.

  • Aug. 27, 2006, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Mike Judge Doesn't Make Money at the Box Office, but

    by Hate_Speech

    his films are A W E S O M E. Hollywood can't deal with someone who makes good films, but can't fill seats. It's all about the might dollar, not good movies.

  • Aug. 27, 2006, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Bad script

    by PennyfarthingCJ

    Read this script about 3 years ago. Re-read it last night just to refresh my memory. It's simply a very bad script -- not funny. Read like a bad sitcom script -- just tries too hard. Fox is dead-right on this one. Bury it.

  • Aug. 27, 2006, 7:01 p.m. CST


    by marc42

    Why is Fox wasting money distributing posters for this? One just went up at the Harkins in Flagstaff, AZ. It's not uncommon for them to put up posters for films they don't wind up showing, but why would Fox send them one? Harkins doesn't even own any theaters in those cities...they are almost all in Arizona.(They do have one in Southlake, TX, but I don't know where that is.)

  • Aug. 28, 2006, 6:48 p.m. CST

    I'm going

    by la_sith

    Thank you to X-Ray Cat for telling me about Arclight. And to the guy who said that the script sucked, how funny is Office Space without the people behind it?

  • Aug. 28, 2006, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Limited release=movie executive morons

    by Anna Valerious

    Ironic considering the movie is about how society has been dumbed down over the next hundred years...which is incredibly true.