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X-Ray Cat Exalts Mike Judge's IDIOCRACY - Which Begins Limited Release TODAY!!


Merrick again...


Here's X-Ray Cat with a look at Mike Judge's IDIOCRACY, a formerly high profile film whose stealthy nature and delayed release have eleveated the project to an almost mythic status.

We're constantly getting e-mails about this project: "Where is it?" "Why is it delayed?" The answer is dire: the film has been unceremoniously relegated to a limited relase...BEGINNING TODAY.

Seven cities: Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, and Toronto. If it does well in those cities? Then perhaps The Powers That Be will widen its distribution. "Perhaps" being the operative word here.

NOTE: there has been next to no publicity about this release; you may have to dig deep in your local movie listings to find it. Fandango does have listings for it it...at least for the few cities I checked. We ran a piece about this situation HERE.

With that in mind, here's X-Ray Cat with his thoughts in the film. He really liked it -- he is not a plant. In fact, many of his reviews previously run on AICN have been intensely negative. He seems to be "a tough room"...for whatever that's worth.


Hello, X-Ray Cat again, just coming home from the midnight IDIOCRACY showing at the Arclight here in LA, possibly one of less than a hundred showings the film will ever have.

IDIOCRACY has been at LORD OF THE RINGS anticipation level for comedy geeks like myself for years now, going back to when it was called 3001 and the only thing going for it was a handful of amazing online script reviews, and the name Mike Judge, creator of two of the most iconic shows of our time and one of the most beloved cult comedies of the last decade.

Rumors have been building up since then about terrible test screenings and lawsuits and reshoots and all sorts of Gilliamesque production problems, and the general consensus has essentially become that the final product would be a disaster, and the thing's been dumped unceremoniously into the ether like so much RV waste.

And now that I've seen it, I know for a fact that FOX is fucking retarded. They made the same mistake with OFFICE SPACE eight years ago, and they didn't learn a thing. Mike Judge deserves better, because he's put together another brilliant cult comedy that will turn audiences hoarse with laughter, while weaving in dangerously clever satire that's spookily on target, made all the more clear by the treatment its received from FOX, which is obviously run by the same type of morons who populate Judge's future, the network execs who greenlight shows like "Ow, My Balls!" and movies such as ASS (which is no more complex than the title implies.)

The film starts with an introduction explaining exactly how the world lost its mind; the intelligent couples take things slow and steady, factoring in their economic situation, while trailer trash continue to crank out babes in arms at an alarming rate, eventually leading to a race of ghettoized hillbilly stoner burnouts who throw all their money at corporations, who in turn dumb themselves down to the level of the people, until all logic and sense completely evaporates from normal, day-to-day life, and national crises pop up that no one is smart enough to handle, from surplus garbage avalanches to unattended crops.

This is where Joe Bauers (not Bowers) comes in, an exceptionally average Army librarian who becomes victim to a failed life-preserving experiment that leads him to wake up 500 years later in this world, along with a simpleton prostitute Rita, who agreed to the experiment for a few extra bucks. Joe enlists lazy and incompetent lawyer Frito, who got his law degree from Costco, to help him and Rita find a rumored Time Machine, and trying along the way to help President Camacho, a wrestler-turned-national-leader, to fix the big mess, seeing as how Joe is now the smartest person alive.

Watching Joe, Rita, and Frito navigate the future America is the most fun I've had in a while. Between well-placed CGI and creative set design, Judge has created a whole new world covered in pointless technological advancements and obnoxious marketing ("If you don't smoke Tarkinsson cigarettes...fuck you!"), and every corner and crevace is splattered with minute details that are as hilarious as the foreground action. It's the same great energy of Dinohattan in the SUPER MARIO BROS movie, except it serves as the background to a superior film.

The performances are every bit as iconically well-timed as the ones in OFFICE SPACE, and if this movie ever reaches an audience then Joe, Frito, and Camacho will become just as oft-imitated as Lumbergh, Lawrence, Peter, Samir, and Michael. Luke Wilson gives arguably the best comedic performance of his career as he mutters in surprise at modern marvels such as Starbucks becoming a bordello. Dax Shepard finally lives up to his promise as the slow-talking best friend whose favorite comeback involves threatening to put the subject of the original insult up the insulter's ass. And above all, Terry Crews will bust many a gut with his motorcycle-riding, bird-flipping President. Judge regulars Stephen Root and David Herman also give small but memorable performances, as does a scenery-chewing breakthrough role from the underrated Wilson brother, Andrew.

From beginning to end, the movie is consistently smart, funny, and slick. Its warnings hit all too close to home in our real world, where Pacific Sun has become Pac Sun, Looney Tunes have become Loonatics, and new energy drinks pop up every day promising to be more XXXtreme than the one before it. In fact, you have to wonder if the total lack of marketing attention comes from pressure from the companies Judge is satirizing, from the Carl's Jr. vending machines offering "Super Big Ass Fries," to the greenish Gatorade send-up: "It's got electrolytes!"

Basically, you either think Mike Judge is a true American genius, or you're one of the people who still thinks "Beavis and Butthead" is "stupid" and "King of the Hill" is "for rednecks." And if you're a fan of Judge, you can rest assured that all the rumors are heresy, and all the troubles are not stemming from the movie but from a studio that has no idea what it has on its hands.

So seek this beautiful bastard out anyway you can, and turn it into the cult it's destined to be. Or else its prophecy may come true sooner than later.


Thanks for taking the time to send this in, X-Ray. I'm off to see it this weekend!




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  • Sept. 1, 2006, 9:19 a.m. CST

    First

    by Drworm2002

    Now I can read it

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 9:20 a.m. CST

    A librarian hero? I like it so far

    by Ricky Henderson

    I'd completely forgotten this film ever existed.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 9:22 a.m. CST

    I saw Office Space for the first time a few weeks ago.

    by DerLanghaarige

    I didn't liked it THAT much, but mostly because it made me sad. I mean...that movie is way too close to my real life! (At least in some parts) I hope that this one isn't. ^-^ Sounds promising. VERY promising.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 9:23 a.m. CST

    This weekend: Idiocracy or CRANK?

    by aceattorney

    Hmm...

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 9:34 a.m. CST

    I new it!

    by lazy

    I have been arguing for the last year that this is going to be fantastic. I can't wait to see it.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Sixth

    by SlowSand

    What is there to argue about if you haven't seen it? It might be good it might not...

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 9:44 a.m. CST

    There's no way

    by SlowSand

    I'm gonna get to see this movie in Michigan before mid-2007 is there? :*( Sad story.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 9:45 a.m. CST

    At least 5 places in Houston

    by Big Bad Clone

    according to Fandango. Shit, I'm about to leave in a minute to go catch this.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Idiocracy works from a flawed premise

    by chrth

    That people around today, or a hundred years ago, or a thousand years ago, were all that smart to begin with. I mean look at the Internet. All this information, all this ability to converse on a global level, and what do we get? Porno, porno, porno! Simpsons quotes! (like that one) And idiots on the left and right who thinks anyone gives a crap about their political views outside their circle-jerking online brethren, and of course people who spend hours each day telling us how cute their cat fluffy was. And don't even get me started on people who rant on AICN Talkbacks. Anyway, the point is, there will always be an intellectual minority amongst a vast sea of mediocrity and unless society specifically looks to repress the intelligent ones, the premise of Idiocracy (which does not appear to do so) is flawed. End Transmission.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 9:51 a.m. CST

    CRANK is DRIVEL!

    by plantpage55

    Transporter 3 if you ask me. In an age where good special effects are common place, who needs these mindless action movies anymore?

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 9:55 a.m. CST

    i'm seeing it today

    by reckni

    After seeing Office Space in the theater, I was baffled that it didn't make any money. I'm sure this will have some good laughs.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Atlanta and Chicago but not New York City?

    by slone13

    Idiotic indeed. Looks like I'm gonna have to wait for DVD. There's no way it will do well enough to get a wider release.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 10:04 a.m. CST

    was listed on moviefone yesterday, but not today!

    by reckni

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 10:07 a.m. CST

    I REALLY HOPE

    by Total_Kneebiter

    This makes it to wide release. Office Space is consistently in my top 5 comedy list (just for my own kicks) I will list it here: 1. The Holy Grail 2. Young Frankenstein 3. Best in Show 4. Clerks 5. Office Space I have high hopes for this...

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Fox is Stoopid!

    by theoristABC

    I was beginning to think that this movie was going to disappear into the ether and that nobody at AICN (or anywhere else for that matter was going to mention it). I implore you to see this movie if you live in an area where it has been released. See it, even if you think it will suck. One, because Mike Judge deserves a chance after "Office Space," and two, because the studio is trying to bury this movie alive because it has decided for you what you like. Even if this movie is far from innovative, Fox has proven that it doesn't have the stomach for innovation.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 10:10 a.m. CST

    No love for Phoenix.

    by Chastain-86

    So I guess I'll have to wait for DVD.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 10:12 a.m. CST

    No mid-Atlantic states?

    by RenoNevada2000

    What the fuck? I was splitting my time this weekend between NYC and Philly and was hoping to catch it. Thanks alot FUX, errr FOX.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Moviefone listing

    by Nora Charles

    I was looking for the movie in Dallas and found it on Moviefone...listed as "Untitled Mike Judge Comedy". I mean WTF! I just don't get it!

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Thanks for releasing this in New York, Fox!

    by wadew

    and thanks for the trailer! douchebags.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Where's the freakin trailer?

    by Judd

    Are they really so disrespectful of Mike Judge that they didn't release a trailer for this?

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 10:25 a.m. CST

    lol, CRANK....

    by Ricky Henderson

    He was being saracstic about seeing that awful movie called "Crank." God that looks lousy. In the trailer, one character utters the following lines: "They gave ya the Beijing Cocktail. If ya stop...ya DIE." I have no idea what any of that means. What the fuck is the Beijing Cocktail? Is it poisonous? And if it is, why do you die when you STOP?

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 10:41 a.m. CST

    nice word, "Gilliamesque"

    by Sasha Nein

    Also, this comes out a week AFTER I move out of Chicago and into Columbus. Nice. oh well, at least we have a good library.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 10:44 a.m. CST

    I'm glad it was sarcasm

    by plantpage55

    The Beijing Cocktail is just an excuse to have Jason Shitham running around for 90 minutes

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 10:44 a.m. CST

    "Gilliamesque" < "Footloosian"

    by Ricky Henderson

    A while ago in a review, somone decribed a training sequence as a "footloosian training sequence." Funny stuff.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 10:51 a.m. CST

    a well written review?

    by purplemonkeydw

    Nice work. Got my tickets for tonight, can&#39;t wait!

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 10:56 a.m. CST

    I will Jugg Fuckle anyone

    by plantpage55

    who sees Crank instead of this if they can avoid it

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 10:58 a.m. CST

    If that review was a plant ...

    by hktelemacher

    ... it fucking worked. Nice bit of advertising. I&#39;m seeing this today, and am thankful I read this particular story, otherwise, and I&#39;m going to admit this like in an AA meeting, I would have had to have seen CRANK today. Also saw OFFICE SPACE in theaters and have been anxiously awaiting Judge&#39;s follow up. From the review it sounds like it holds a candle.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 11:04 a.m. CST

    You in Northwest Indiana/Chicago area, it&#39;s here

    by Terry_1978

    Not only downtown, but at the Kerasotes Showplace in Schereville, Indiana, which is the closer of the two to me. People may go see this thing out of sheer curiosity since there has been no ad campaign whatsoever.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Plant! Not really. Good work X-ray.

    by brycemonkey

    I&#39;m confused as to why studios keep fucking up as much as they do. It&#39;s almost as if they are doing it on purpose. That is the only explanation. Do not debate me on this.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Well I know what I&#39;m doing tonight!

    by Doomius 2.0

    It&#39;s playing in at least 7 theaters in dallas, and at least a couple aren&#39;t in the ghetto!

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 11:44 a.m. CST

    YES!!!

    by jackinitraw

    I know what I&#39;m doing tonight!!!!!!!!

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 12:02 p.m. CST

    FOX is burying this...

    by Louis P.

    This? The same studio that made and released AND MARKETED "Date Movie". Has anyone seen that thing? Holy Shit, if that thing isn&#39;t one of the worse comedies ever made. Well I&#39;m seeing it tonight and everyone else who has it playing in there area should see it to. Don&#39;t let those fucking suits dictate what you get to watch.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 12:02 p.m. CST

    At one point I heard...

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    This was going to be called "Mike Judge&#39;s THE DUSK OF MAN". I loved that title. Come on.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 12:09 p.m. CST

    I wish I were a Katrina refugee

    by BrandLoyalist

    Then I&#39;d be living in Houston & I&#39;d be able to see IDIOCRACY. Barbara Bush was right - "this is working very well for them". Seems there are 130 prints... are they at least going to tour those around the country? Been waiting long enough, don&#39;t wanna wait for the DVD!

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Idiocracy

    by Reynard Muldrake

    I just open up AICN and scroll down to comment - but not before having my eyes burned by a banner ad at the top of the site offering me a chance to win Kelly Clarkson&#39;s Mustang. Shoot me. That&#39;s the first step to Idiocracy right there. Fight the power, AICN. Otherwise, superpsyched to live in Austin and see this this weekend - how come no word from Quint, Harry, etc on seeing this?!?

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Playing nearby! Sweet.

    by Veraxus

    I checked MovieTickets.com for times and it&#39;s playing all over the place here in SoCal. I&#39;m seeing it in an hour.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Millions of Office Space fans will pay REAL MONEY...

    by ar42

    ...to see this if you just release it nationally, even if it sucks. Come on, execs!

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 12:23 p.m. CST

    OK...

    by Drworm2002

    ...Im done

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Great, it&#39;s not JUST playing today....

    by DanielKurland

    I&#39;ll see it tomorrow when I move to Toronto. Fantastic.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 1:20 p.m. CST

    DanielKurland

    by jackinitraw

    Canada Square at Yonge and Eglinton. 4:45 7:20 9:30 Sheppard Grande 1:00 3:50 7:05 9:15 All the other theatres are in the burbs.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 1:21 p.m. CST

    If they bury this thing...

    by ILK

    .. it will simply rise from the ashes into the world of bittorrent and then the special edition DVD. There&#39;s no stopping it if it&#39;s great.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Austin360

    by theoristABC

    Here&#39;s an interesting quote from Austin360... "If anyone would know what&#39;s going on with "Idiocracy," Hollywood snoop Harry Knowles would. But the captain of Ain&#39;t It Cool News didn&#39;t return our calls." What up Harry? Just not interested in Mike Judge?

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Not TOO limited a release

    by 12-GAUGE DIXON

    Most limited release movies released in Southern Cali. are only in 2-3 max. places in LA proper, at least to start. Idiocracy is in a multitude of theaters all over LA and Orange counties however. So, that doesn&#39;t really help anyone else, but oh well. It made me feel smart.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Awesome!

    by Mechasheeva

    Somehow I missed the existence of this movie until just a few days ago, and when I found out it was a new Judge flick I was extra-excited. Then I found out it wasn&#39;t screening for critics - bad sign. But now I&#39;m excited again! Hooray!!! (open it in Minneapolis damnit!)

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 1:53 p.m. CST

    i hate FOX so much

    by tripp5

    if FOX was a person, i&#39;d punch him in the fleshy patch where his balls used to be

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Just saw it

    by Big Bad Clone

    It looks like it was hacked up. It has narration all over the place. It&#39;s as if the studio thinks we are too stupid to pick up on things. Granted, the movie is flawed, but I shouldn&#39;t need and explaination of a scene unfolding in front of me. There are a couple of good things here and there, but this movie seems like it got fucked. I&#39;d love to see a director&#39;s cut. As it stands now, they could bleep out a few words and show it on Sci-Fi after The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 2:33 p.m. CST

    CLASSIC!! FOX F*CKED UP

    by reckni

    Just saw it with like 7 people in Century City. Very funny, not surprising this is from the guy that did Office Space. If they would&#39;ve just said that in the ads (oh wait, there weren&#39;t any), it would&#39;ve easily added $10 million to the take. Instead they&#39;re dumping a great flick, one that doesn&#39;t deserve it. Idiots. Fucking baffoons, someone&#39;s head should roll for that.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 2:34 p.m. CST

    and yeah, it&#39;ll need a director&#39;s cut

    by reckni

    It was less than 90 minutes . . .

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Toronto....

    by Jike Spingleton

    It&#39;s playing in quite a few theatres in Toronto, though strangely none of them are &#39;downtown&#39; in the core: http://www.eye.net/film/list_by_movie.cgi?key=1157037448656 I&#39;ll have to check it out this weekend!

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Office Space was only 89 minutes

    by wadew

    yeah

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 2:56 p.m. CST

    I disagree complete

    by AL bino

    I saw it today... with 1 other person in the theater. It&#39;s not good, don&#39;t believe him. I had more or less forgotten about this movie until I saw it listed today as Untitled Mike Judge Comedy. That&#39;s right.. they didn&#39;t even call it Idiocracy. I got kind of excited so I went to check it out and was disappointed to say the least. It&#39;s a movie made for the same people they make fun of, and it&#39;s suffers because of it. There may very well be a version that doesn&#39;t completely suck ass somewhere, but this isn&#39;t it.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 3:08 p.m. CST

    saw it last night, same show

    by la_sith

    Not as good as Office Space, and definitely inconsistent. But still, certain scenes had me howling. I&#39;m sure it was Judge&#39;s slam on the people paying the bills (Carl&#39;s Jr, Starbucks, Fuddruckers and even Fox News Channel) that got Fox really nervous. If you are a Judge fan, however, you gotta check it out.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Well fuck guys!...

    by DanielKurland

    Now I&#39;m not excited. More people who have seen it, post your opinions, and please let them be good!

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Judge should take a stab at elitism

    by UMAGA

    Since that&#39;s what this talkback seems to be all about. Crank looks fun, you pricks.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 3:31 p.m. CST

    DC?!?!?!

    by Deep Roots

    No NYC, No Washington. Ass. Holes.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 3:35 p.m. CST

    This is insane

    by Merkin Muffley

    SOMETHING strange is going on with this movie. Given the piss-poor quality of movies that are released on a regular basis I can&#39;t believe it&#39;s not being rolled out properly based on "quality." I hope someday we know the truth!

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 3:45 p.m. CST

    I&#39;m sure the test audience tore this to pieces

    by Big Bad Clone

    I bet the score cards were full of "I don&#39;t get it" and shit like that. I can imagine them frowning and furrowing their brow as they couldn&#39;t understand a modern day hooker outsmart a future retarded john. "Could you have someone explain that for us?" Fucking assholes ruined this movie.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Hooker

    by AL bino

    The hooker has barely anything to do. Her character is totally pointless other than eliciting a few slight giggles. And why bother hiring a comedienne like Maya Rudolph if you&#39;re not even going to let her do anything funny? She plays as much of a straight man as Luke Wilson does.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 4:25 p.m. CST

    upgrayedd

    by reckni

    Those photos were hilarious.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Big bad clone...Right on brother....

    by whereAMeye

    Fuck test audiences...they almost fucked "12 monkeys" over and if you have&#39;nt seen the *excellent* documentary found on the "12 monkeys" DVD then I encourage you to see it right away. Since you are an AICN.com talkbacker then I&#39;m pretty sure you HAVE seen it and laughed out loud at the scene where gilliam is reading the "comment cards" from a recent test screening. Shit. Made my fucking blood boil. I have been such a huge fan of "Idiocracy" since I read about it in entertainment weekly and laughed how they were going to call it "dusk of man" and eagerly awaited something....ANYTHING regarding this film. And guess what? No fucking trailer (the movie comes out TODAY!) and that goddamn website www.idiocracymovie.com that is printed ON the poster is&#39;nt even up yet! But "zoom" gets promotion up the ass and a flashy fucking website to boot! Fox Fux Dux.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 6:22 p.m. CST

    The Marching Morons

    by suddenlimpact

    For anyone who thinks this movie has an &#39;original&#39; premise, go read the story by Cyril M. Cornbluth - written in 1951. (Or go to Wikipedia and type &#39;marching morons&#39; for spoilers.) The entire set-up comes from this short story. I still want to see it, mind you...

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Just gotta add....

    by Traumnovelle

    Beavis and Butthead IS stupid, and King of the Hill IS for rednecks. Those things aside, Mike Judge is still awesome and Office Space is one of my favorite comedies ever.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 6:56 p.m. CST

    LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR!

    by Mattapooh

    LOVIN&#39; IT UP &#39;TIL I HIT THE GROUND! As for test audiences, watch the doc on the Legend DVD where Ridley Scott talks about a bunch of fucked up guys who "didn&#39;t get it" (you&#39;re high, go figure) and it resulted in the score and length of the film being changed for US audiences. I&#39;d say more, but I&#39;d never top what Bill Hicks said about the process whilst thoroughly trashing Basic Instinct.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 7:30 p.m. CST

    WRONG! This movie was boring, humorless, disappointing

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    I have been waiting SOOOO long for this flick, awaiting greatness from the genius behind Office Space. It&#39;s playing all over Chicago and the &#39;burbs, so I had my choice of like 6 theaters. I saw it in a theater with 1 other person, and we both only chuckled like twice. It&#39;s just lifeless. The humor all misses, the premise is thin, and the whole thing is just a bland disappointment. Sorry to be the voice of reason, but it&#39;s true.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 7:36 p.m. CST

    re:chrth - flawed

    by Kraken

    It&#39;s more about the gene pool dumbing down than surpressing the smart people of the world. I think the idea works just fine. I enjoyed the movie very much!

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 9:02 p.m. CST

    This movie was funny.

    by Batutta

    The audience I saw it with laughed a lot, as did I. It&#39;s no masterpiece, but neither is Office Space. Sorry, but it&#39;s not...A weird thing though, when I got out of the theater in Burbank, I was accosted by four women with surveys asking me what I thought of the film. I said it was good and would recommend it to certain friends.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 9:17 p.m. CST

    It was AWESOME

    by ausdude

    Go see it! I was at the first show at Alamo South in Austin with about 20 people. I love Judge&#39;s work and was bracing to be disappointed. True, it seems it was hacked up and this unceremonius dump into the market is likely due to the film ripping on Starbucks, Costco et al, but while the film has a rangy, rough quality, it is easily the most entertaining satire I have seen since the release of Brazil. Judge doesn&#39;t hold back the satire, and that is refreshing, given most film out there is softballed warmed over tripe. This is a degenerate "Wizard of Oz" for the 21st century, a "Wizard of Idioz", if you will. Some sore points with me- quality of effects was sub par, and some scenes did seem to not take full advantage of the humorous possibilities Judge sets up. But the film had me howling at several points and snickering here and there like the best B&B episodes. But overall, this film ROCKS and will become a true cult classic and a top video draw within the year. See it if only to continue to promote interesting quirky edgy filmmaking.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 9:54 p.m. CST

    saw this tonight in Grapevine...

    by maxwell's hammer

    ...and I thought it was brilliant. It extrapolates everything that is dumb in our society to its logical end, and paints a frighteningly familiar picture of what the future might hold. "Do you really want to live in a society where everyone wants to explode the one person who is trying to help you?" I don&#39;t think the answer to that question will change in 500 years.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 10:06 p.m. CST

    maxwell&#39;s hammer

    by Holodigm

    was it the amc grapevine mills you saw it at? if so, were you that other guy in the theater? that being said, you&#39;re spot on. movie was hilarious and its message couldn&#39;t be more accurate.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Ya&#39;ll are crack addicts

    by AL bino

    Brilliant? Listen to ShiftyEyedDog, don&#39;t waste your money. At best it&#39;s a Netflix rental. Keep smoking the rock boys. That is all.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 10:54 p.m. CST

    just saw it in Chicago

    by microwavable?

    only about 15 people in the whole theater, and there were hearty laughs throughout the first 30-40 minutes. but after the trip to Costco halfway through the movie, it all kind of implodes. there were a ton of special effects, which was kind of unexpected. it isn&#39;t bad, but a movie mocking idiocy just can&#39;t end so dumb . . .

  • Sept. 2, 2006, 12:36 a.m. CST

    in grapevine...

    by maxwell's hammer

    ...but at Tinseltown.

  • Sept. 2, 2006, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Reynard Muldrake

    by antonphd

    AICN wouldn&#39;t see this movie... they don&#39;t work real jobs or live in the real world... so, they wouldn&#39;t understand it anymore than they would Office Space. As for Crank... that was a fun movie. I saw it tonight and it wasn&#39;t great but it was really good and it kicked the living fuck out of most movies this summer. Well... you know... that&#39;s not saying much... but it Lock Stock and Snatch are A+ then Crank is a B- and that&#39;s not bad.

  • Sept. 4, 2006, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Fucking HILARIOUS

    by killedmymonkey

    My wife and I saw it yesterday and laughed our asses off! Some of you snivelling bitches who &#39;went and saw it&#39; and said it was &#39;flawed&#39; are worthless critics... You don&#39;t go to see a comedy -- especially one by Mike Judge -- to pick apart flaws. Idiocracy, despite what you may consider &#39;flaws&#39;, is a fucking riot that me and the missus enjoyed from beginning to end. We even agreed it was the funniest movie we&#39;ve seen in a long time and we walked out, talking about how glad we were to have seen it. Fox execs are the REAL fucking idiots... Idiocracy ROCKS!

  • Sept. 5, 2006, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Saw it, thought it was "pretty good"

    by Quiddity

    There are some very funny ideas but I think the comic timing is off sometimes. Plenty of sight gags relating to advertising and branding. The product slogans are classic. ("Car&#39;s Jr.: F*** You, I&#39;m eating"). I&#39;m not sure what it was that didn&#39;t quite work for me sometimes. Much like Office Space, this is about the average guy who is still far smarter than everyone around him. Might even be a little bit irritating for the fact that no one, not even Maya Rudolph&#39;s character, can related to him. I think this might be worth it just to go back a second time and see if I missed anything in the scenery.

  • Sept. 5, 2006, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Finally got to see this...

    by Death Sticks

    This IS a seriously flawed film... but the question of who should take the blame is one I don&#39;t know the answer to. Conceptually, it&#39;s hysterically funny - the problem is, a concept alone is generally only a good set-up... and a set-up only carries you through the first act of a film. After that, an audience needs plot development and conflict resolution in the second and third acts, respectively - and that&#39;s where this film falters. The gags in the first 30-40 minutes had me in stitches, but after that, I found it difficult to care about the characters or what was happening to them... and, oddly, that may be Judge&#39;s greatest joke of all - that a film about the "dumbing down" of America carries one of the most idiotic plots seen in some time. All that quasi-intellectual film dissection aside, the jokes that DO hit, hit very, very hard - I laughed harder at this film than I have in a very long time. It, much like "Office Space", is one of those soon-to-be cult films that will be quoted ad nauseum ("A pimp&#39;s love is very different from that of a square..."), and it does get bonus points for reminding me how strangely hot Maya Rudolph actually is - plus she has my favorite line of the film ("You think Einstein just walked around thinking we were all a bunch of fucking &#39;tards? Guess now you know why he built that bomb.") Go see it - when your friends start drunkenly quoting it at 2 am, you don&#39;t wanna feel left out!

  • Sept. 5, 2006, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Maya

    by Quiddity

    I&#39;ve got to second the Maya Rudolph comment above. I never felt she was very attractive on SNL. But she surprised me here.