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Mike Judge

Directed by: Mike Judge
(Twentieth Century Fox)
In Idiocracy’s dystopian future, a movie called Ass becomes a blockbuster. The appropriately titled film features a naked posterior farting for 90 minutes—the logical offspring of Rob Schneider’s entire oeuvre. The year is 2505, and when slacker Joe Bowers (Luke Wilson) awakens after the military leaves him cryogenically frozen for 500 years, he’s the smartest man alive by default—the rest of the world is off watching Ass and the smash TV hit Ow, My Balls! and watering their crops with sports drink. The world, wilfuly stupid for years, has devolved to a point where it is systemically stupid. Idiocracy was written and directed by Mike Judge (the man behind cult hit Office Space and Beavis and Butthead) and became the subject of much media scrutiny when Fox shelved it for ages, then failed to properly advertise its limited theatrical run. But the movie’s not really worth all the buzz it has received. Judge’s premise is a clever indictment of ignorance and consumerism and he packs the film with neat gags, including a Starbucks that sells hand jobs. But it’s more fun to think through the ideas behind Judge’s film than it is to watch people act stupidly for 90 minutes. Judge’s concept outmatches his ability to carry it off—it’s an idea better suited to a scathing short story than the spotty movie it has become.
—Lindsay McCarney

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