Sunday, February 18, 2007

Welcome to Uhh-merica

"In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king."

Or maybe not. H.G. Wells put his own twist on it in his story "The Country of the Blind."

The proverb's questionable wisdom underlies Idiocracy, a comedy with a plot right out of the Golden Age of science-fiction.

Army Private Joe Bowers (Luke Wilson), statistically average in every way, is volunteered for a hibernation experiment, but through bureaucratic snafus winds up 500 years in the future, where he is now the smartest man on the planet, in a society whose members are no longer able to keep things running and the crops growing -- but what the hell, give 'em something to watch on the Violence Channel, and they are happy. (A prostitute named Rita (Maya Rudolph), part of the same experiment, seems more willing to adapt.)

It's brutally funny. Watch, for instance, the degeneration of such familiar brand names as Costco, Carl's Jr., and Fudrucker's. (M. would say that they are plenty degenerate already.) And it's also a sly plea for some kind of eugenics.



Blogger ColoradoCelt said...

You are the second person to recommend this movie, I will have to put this on my Netflix queue. Mike's father Jim teaches archeology at Fort Lewis College and I had the pleasure of taking him for my archeology degree. Office Space is one of my favorite movies of all time.

Thanks for the tip.

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