Starring: Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard
Directed by: Mike Judge
Written By: Mike Judge, Etan Cohen
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 44 min
From Mike Judge who brought us “Beavis and Butthead” and Etan Cohen who wrote Tropic Thunder, Men in Black 3 as well as some King of the Hill episodes. I say this as it lets you in to what to expect from this over the top comedy. The idea of the human race becoming more and more stupid in the future is an actual real concern as people procreate unhindered by financial worries or by what their decisions mean to global health.
As the entertainment industry as well as the media continue to dumb down everything we experience in order to appeal to everyone. This film seems to be just another zany comedy but it actually has some very astute points to make. The film’s idea was similarly used in the world of “Wall:E”; where everyone is overweight, rubbish is overflowing and big industry rules all. I recently saw a board game called “The Logo Game” and many times you see people in Indiocracy wearing clothes just covered in multiple logo’s. Recognizing company logo’s and being a good consumer presumably wins you the game? Worrying.
This sci-fi comedy plays like a rude “Back to the future 2” with hundreds of great sight gags. Sofa’s are also toilets, there is a masturbation channel, a series where a guy just gets kicked in the balls, and the Oscar-winning film is called “Ass” – which is just that, for 90 minutes. Oh and the president is a ex-Smack Down champion wrestler!? What it says about the advertising business is superb – a meeter greeter tells people “Welcome to Costco – I love you” and a cigarette billboard tells you if you don’t smoke their brand: “F### You!”. It’s pitch perfect. The language is hard to get your head around at first but you soon realize it’s just like listening to a teenager, like…you know.. shit! Luke Wilson is good here as Mr Average who becomes the smartest man in the world and there are some good cameos.
Great Saturday night comedy. If you’re worried the world is going to pot and are curious to see a worst case scenario – this film is for you! If you want a silly but observation rich film that demands re-watching to catch all the jokes – this film is for you!
Half the jokes are visual so a large TV helps. Doesn’t seem to be available in HD at the moment.
Best moments for me:
Too many but here’s two examples; The narrator explains when Joe arrives in the future:
“Unaware of what year it was, Joe wandered the streets desperate for help. But the English language had deteriorated into a hybrid of hillbilly, valleygirl, inner-city slang and various grunts. Joe was able to understand them, but when he spoke in an ordinary voice he sounded pompous and faggy to them.”
The Electrolytes discussion about plant food is great, Joe tries to explain the plants and people need to drink water (not energy drinks) “Water, like, out of the toilet!?” They all ask indignantly.
Stewart’s Two Cents:
I was intrigued by the idea, but let down by the execution. This future world just wasn’t credible on any level. I kept wondering who built the technology being used in this future world? There are planes in the air – who is flying those? Why do the planes look exactly the same 500 years in the future, yet all the cars are modern looking electric go-karts? The content of the TV shows is moronic, but who’s making the show? Who invented the medical diagnostic machine? Just to many questions left unanswered for me in this underdeveloped high-concept movie.