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6.51 h 24 min2006X-Ray15
Private Joe Bowers, the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes 500 years in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed-down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive.
Mike Judge
Luke WilsonMaya RudolphDax Shepard
SuspenseComedyScience FictionAdventure
English [CC]
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Anthony CamposDavid HermanSonny CastilloRobert Musgrave
Twentieth Century Fox
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4.2 out of 5 stars

7337 global ratings

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paul garrettReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 May 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Its already happening folks!
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Having read various other reviews about this iconic very funny film .seems its marmite...either love it or not.
For me its a good representation of what is already happening in society today, not 500 years in the future..just look what is going on out there with thick stupid people everywhere obssessd with trashy tv and reality shows so watching this laugh out loud film really brings it home...if we are going down this path now God knows what society will be like in 500 years time..glad i will not be around to see it...unless i get cryogenically frozen first! Ha!
15 people found this helpful
Call me AlReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 June 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brutal satire disguised as low comedy
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Prescient, prophetic or puerile pap? Mike Judge’s brilliant 2005 gross-out brutal satire is all three and more. I absolutely loved this movie. It’s not just a guilty pleasure. It’s an absolute pleasure. In his hilarious 1973 slapstick movie Sleeper after waking up from a cryogenically frozen sleep 200 years in the future Woody Allen’s health food shop owner come jazz musician discovers a United States ruled as a police state. When Luke Wilson’s military librarian wakes up 500 years in this future he finds the United States in a near comatose state due to the out-breeding of the intelligent and educated by the more indolent of the human species. Judge’s future nightmare imagines a world bereft of knowledge, knowing nothing about engineering, agriculture and medicine, limping by thanks to the automation of basic societal functions by more intelligent ancestors. It’s an apocalyptic vision of a world gone dumb that Jonathan Swift would be proud of, a fantastical dystopian future exaggerating the increasingly pervasive intrusion of advertising and commercialism into contemporary life, the dysevolution of the English language into a stunted hip-hop grunting patois and a derisory disdain of anyone suspected of possessing insightful observations. The plot is basic and nonsensical but contains some marvelous moments. The Basil Exposition time-travel monologue is priceless while the Fox newscast seems nauseatingly credible. The imagined conclusion to the existing direction of travel is disturbingly plausible – a celebrity president presiding over a country whose inhabitants crave instant gratification. Already a cult classic, this is definitely a film to seek out.
26 people found this helpful
Sam ReedReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 July 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Funny idea that fails to be funny.
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Couple of chuckles but this is still the sort of thing you feel guilty for watching, let alone paying for. The film is about how a dumbed down, vacuous, lowest common denominator-led present will create a dystopian future. The irony is that, although it tries to pretend it thinks it's smart at times, this film is itself dumbed down, vacuous, lowest common denominator-led nonsense. Some will shriek, "That's the point, you numpty - this is clever satire.' Ok. Kudos. You're still watching an awful film though. The fact is the movie doesn't know what it wants to be - gross-out trash or swiftian satire. It ends up being neither. It's not funny enough to be the former and not clever enough to be the latter. It's an interesting comic idea, almost devoid of comedy that almost makes some good political points about modern society.
5 people found this helpful
SeaWaspReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 October 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
The Future is NOW!
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I'm ashamed to say that I laughed quite a bit during this movie AND I was watching it by myself at the time. It is fundamentally stupid but as a 3-star "time killer/filler" it sure does the job. Nothing in the way of extras except for 5 deleted scenes.. the fourth of which (The Fart Museum) amused me.. yeah, in all my time on this earth I STILL reckon that farts are funny. Luke Wilson is a very likeable "everyman" kind of fellow and the chick who plays the hooker isn't your usual annoying American bint with attitude so I wasn't bugged by the lead characters for a change. This movie reminded me a little of those irreverent 1980s comedies like "Wacko", "Get Crazy", "Mortuary Academy", etc.. that is, I was expecting to see Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov pop up at any minute. Maybe sometime in the future I may watch it again... oh, it's about an army guy of average intelligence and a prostitute who are involved in a top secret government experiment and wake up 500 years into the future to a totally dumbed-down world of crass commercialism and moronic television programming. Sound familiar.??
7 people found this helpful
Alastair J. ArchibaldReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 September 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining and thought-provoking comedy
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I enjoyed this film. There were few real laugh-out-loud moments, but I never found it dragging or less than engaging. The protagonists made you care about them, and even the main supporting characters, too, even the frankly homicidal ex-wrestler President, who tries to have the main character killed after he is widely blamed for the downfall of an all-powerful drinks company (the moronic future characters have been “watering” food crops with this sugary drink, “Brawndo” rather than actual water, with which they only associate toilets).

So it didn’t make me roll around helpless with hysterical laughter, but I will certainly be watching this film again.
2 people found this helpful
m j ecclestonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 July 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Prescient movie
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Wanted to watch this again for a long time.
Got it on dvd, rather than pay subscription.
Excellent comedy with a rather poignant theme. The dumbing down in society and the gradual loss of intelligence, reason, logic, skill ,education and respect.
Two average Americans get put into suspended animation for a year as an experiment , unfortunately they are forgotten about and wake up many hundreds of years later. Gags and puns aplenty.
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Marshall LordReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 May 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very entertaining idea for a film of a dumbed down future, sadly some of the execution is "dumbed down" too.
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"Idiocracy" is a fairly entertaining movie about the ghastly dystopian future which might await if the "dumbing down" of society continues.

The premise, and Luke Wilson's acting as the major character, are brilliant, as are some of the parodies of trends in Western society (and US society in particular). However, this is basically a one-joke film which begins to struggle after a while and even at eighty minutes it was running out of steam well before the end.

When I watched this with my family my teenage son loved this, I quite liked it, my wife and teenage daughter found it rather disappointed and only stayed to see the conclusion because they were just interested enough to want to know how it ended. I think that is partly because the vision of a stupid society is partly presented as one which is designed, insofar as it is designed at all, to meet a parody of the interests of teenage boys.

Luke Wilson plays Joe Bauers, who is selected as the male subject for a US Army experiment because he is perfectly average - average IQ of 100, average blood pressure, etc. Maya Rudolph plays Rita, the female subject.

The experiment is a test of suspended animation: Joe and Rita are supposed to be put to sleep for a year. Unfortunately for reasons we need not describe to avoid a spoiler, they end up asleep for much longer than this. Meanwhile as intelligent people decide to bring one or two children into the world, or not to do so at all, stupid people are breeding like the proverbial rabbits and the pretext of the film is that consequently average intelligence collapses, so that when he wakes up Joe's IQ of 100 makes him far and away the most intelligent person in the world.

However, as Arthur C Clarke once said, "It is yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value ..."

Overall the film makes a few good points about the dangers of undervaluing imagination, creativity and logic and in encouraging people to read and think. However, rather too much of the humour was slapstick and rather "dumbed down" itself.

Somewhere inside "Idiocracy" a much edgier, more scathing and brilliant film was trying to get out.
6 people found this helpful
Mr. T. J. StaffellReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 February 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not exactly ‘The Marching Morons’
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I wanted to watch this movie because it follows the plot of a short story: ‘The Marching Morons’ by the English writer Cyril Kornbluth - it’s a bit of a wasted opportunity to make a serious point, as it prefers to indulge itself in the stupidities of the future population rather than investigate any direct satirical comparisons with the mechanisms of aspiration....
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