Hosted by Remi Lavictoire, Jason, Ian Fults and Jonathan Colbon
Podcast length: 53:59
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We generally agreed that Idiocracy has a very interesting premise. It’s a story that explores what happens Humanity reproduces based on its worst qualities instead of its best. This quality, known as Dysgenics, essentially suggests that dumber people are reproducing faster than smart people, leading to a general dumbing down of Humanity. For more on this, you’ll be interested in this article on Fertility and Intelligence.
The movie is very funny and places, but that will depend on whether or not you enjoy the comedy stylings of Mike Judge. The casting seems to be appropriate Luke Wilson and Maya Rudolph where effective in their roles and Terry Crews was particularly enjoyable as President Comacho.
We tended to see failure in in the subtle qualities of the acting. Like many Adam Sandler films, acting and the characterization are usually heavy handed, over the top, and generally unbelievable. As Jason noted, if you can’t believe the motivations of the character, then it’s very difficult to buy in to the premise of the film on a whole. The farcical nature of the story seemed to undercut the message being delivered and makes the dystopian future seem less relevant or believable.
Ian believed that Maya Rudolph could have pulled a lot more out of the character and Jonathan found that the humor was largely unbelievable, that the culture in the future was not just stupid but really too stupid. And the future society was so dumb, they probably would not have been able to survive.
The biggest appeal to Idiocracy is the premise, a man out of time who sees the devolution of humanity over the past 500 years. The satire is funny and biting and you’ll see aspect of the films future that are becoming visible today.
Unfortunately, the premise alone isn’t enough to make this a great film. With some heavy fisted, over the top caricature acting and weak script, Idiocracy fails to become the excellent movie it could have been. The premise is good, but not executed particularly well. Watch it once, and then go watch Wall-E and pick out the similarities.
In an Army experiment, Joe Bauers and Rita are trapped in stasis for 500 years. When awakened only to discover that the world has devolved into a planet of idiots and that Joe is now the smartest man in the world.
Mike Judge & Etan Cohen
Luke Wilson – Joe Bauers
Maya Rudolph – Rita
Dax Shepard – Frio
Terry Crews – President Camacho
Justin Long – Dr. Lexus
Scarface – Upgrayedd
Sci Fi Movie Podcast Idiocracy