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Idiocracy

  • 2006
  • R
  • 84min
  • 75%
  • 6.6 / 10

Average American, Private Joe Bauers, has been selected by the Pentagon to participate in a top-secret hibernation program. He is forgotten and subsequently wakes up five centuries into the future. Bauers discovers a new society where he becomes the smartest person in the world.

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Idiocracy was released in 2006 directed by Mike Judge. The film is a science fiction and dystopian comedy film. The cast includes Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, and Luke Wilson. Idiocracy was initially set to be released on August 5, 2005, but was put on hold indefinitely. However, it premiered in select cities such as Los Angeles, Atlanta, Toronto, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and Austin, in only 130 theaters. It also wasn’t given to critics for advanced screening. It was argued that the reason for the film being pushed back for release was due to its negative portrayal of advertisers in the film. Despite its limited release, it still gained positive reviews, scoring a 74% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and garnering a 66 out of 100 score on Metacritic.

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