Idiocracy is another cult classic from the creator of Office Space and Bevis and Butthead, Mike Judge. It is very funny even if the thesis it based around is flawed and quite classist. Its premise is that unintelligent people are breeding faster then intelligent people, and because of this by the year 2505 the human race will be dumb as rocks and headed for collapse.
Luke Wilson is a soldier with completely average intelligence, so they decided to use him as a guinea pig to test out a freezing chamber for one year. They don’t have a female soldier that fits the criteria, so they use a local woman of the night played by Maya Rudolph. Sadly they get forgotten about, and end up in the year 2505 as the smartest people in the world.
The best part of this movie is the first twenty minutes where they show a smart couple discussing how it would irresponsible to have kids during the current economy, and that they should wait until they have enough money saved. Meanwhile a guy in a trailer park has like five different women and kids all over the place.
Like usual Mike Judge’s sarcastic take on the world really shines through here. While the premise is flawed it plays on our fears so it seems like it is true, and it gets us all thinking that the future may truly be full of moronic degenerates, but as we all know money and breading have nothing to do with inelegance, but the movie knows that we forget that sometimes.
It is a shame Mike Judge has never really had mainstream success because he does know how to write a funny movie.