Idiocracy
A different kind of Starbucks withdrawal.

Theatrical Release Date: 09/01/2006
Director: Mike Judge
Cast: Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard

“Office Space” is one of the best indie movies of the past few decades. And while I’ve never been a fan of Mike Judge’s other projects (“Beavis and Butthead” and “King of the Hill”), “Office Space” is more than good enough to give any Judge project a chance.

So I waited with much anticipation to see this, but it never came to the theaters around here. It was so poorly promoted that a friend informed me that it appeared only for a few days under the listing “Untitled Mike Judge Project”. I couldn’t believe it since I knew of the project and the title as it was in production.

Great concept… Basically two people of standard, normal intelligence are frozen in time, and wake up 500 years in the future to discover that they are by far the smartest people in existence due to the persistent dumbing down and over commercialization of society.

There is a very funny introduction to the movie, but once it gets going, it starts to become a little disjointed from time to time – usually wrapped up in some looking back on corporation / technology of the real present and how they’ve evolved 500 years from now.

I love the fact that Costco basically became a city of it’s own and Starbucks is a whorehouse, but the sheer number of instances like that began to pile up and detract from where the plot was pointing for the story to go.

There were not as many funny parts as I’d hoped, but I think it may have legs. I’ll at least give it the chance to at some point down the road. But for now I’ll just give it a barely better than average 3 of 5.