Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Idiocracy

I watched Mike Judge's newest movie Idiocracy last night. If you're not familiar with Mike Judge he's the guy that created Beavis & Butthead, King of the Hill, the SNL Milton cartoons and the movie Office Space.

The premise of the movie is that due to advances in technology, natural selection is no longer a factor in human evolution. The strongest and smartest no longer have any sort of advantage when it comes to breeding and are completely outbred by trailer park trash. Therefore over the course of 500 years, human society actually devolves to the absolute lowest common denomintator. Meanwhile, Luke Wilson, whose character is completely average in every way in 2005, is frozen in a military experiment gone wrong and wakes up in 2505 as the smartest man in the world.

I found the whole thing entertaining, especially the fact that the President of the United States in 2505 was the 5-time Smackdown Champion and that one of the cabinet members was a 12-year-old who had won a contest -- his prize being appointed a cabinet member.

Of course Judge's depiction of the ridiculously stupid future is more of a commentary on civilization today as we do have action heroes holding gubernatorial positions, the correct use of the English language has all but vanished, and the raving success of his Beavis & Butthead cartoon could easily be parralleled to the fictitious future hit television show Ow, My Balls.

Is it vulgar? Yes. Is it stupid? Yes. Are there huge holes in the plot regarding how people evolve to become so incredibly dumb and incompetent that they can't grow crops, yet they still have technologically advanced machines, homes, cars, etc.? Yes. Is it worth the rental? Absolutely.
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