Monday, January 29, 2007

Arts: DVD: Idiocracy

Idiocracy. Dir Mike Judge. Starring Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph

By John Zuarino

A riff on current American culture, Mike Judge's Idiocracy predicts what the world will be like in 500 years should corporate branding and shows like Judge Hachett seep even further into pop culture's core. The result is a world of morons glued to the latest episode of Ow, My Balls before switching to the Fox News Channel, where news anchors have evolved into shirtless musclemen with booming voices. This may actually be the reason why 20th Century Fox kept the theatrical release quiet—Idiocracy only played in a handful of cities, excluding New York. The studio also neglected to promote the film, which explains why critics were unaware of its existence.

All scandal aside, Idiocracy rivals Judge's classic Office Space as the next underground classic. I can see the special edition double-dip releases now: "Idiocracy—It's got electrolytes!"

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