Mike Judge’s first movie since 1999’s massive cult hit Office Space rolls out in eight cities this weekend, almost as an afterthought. Actually, afterthought isn’t the word. Idiocracy is being treated like a red-headed step-child. Fox is intentionally and inexplicably trying to kill it. Idiocracy arrives without a movie trailer or even an official poster. 20th Century Fox hasn’t bothered to let anyone review it, and in fact until about a week ago when some executive decided to change his mind, the movie wasn’t going to be released at all. Usually when a movie gets this kind of treatment it’s because it’s a piece of cr@p, but Idiocracy is one of the best movies of the year.
Judge is a brilliant satirist, and anyone who thought ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ was glorifying the stupidity of America’s teenagers probably shouldn’t bother seeing this. Or maybe you should, since this movie is aimed squarely at all of you.