You can be forgiven if you have never heard of 2006′s Idiocracy. From the box office numbers, few bothered to actually pay to see Beavis & Butthead creator Mike Judge’s 2nd live action film, his follow up to the generally low key but well-received cult favourite Office Space.
Idiocracy is of the same mold: average people doing average things, trying to adapt to a world that makes no logical sense to the idea of humanity in the first place. While Office Space was set in the days before Y2k, Idiocracy happens to be set 500 years in the future and it’s a spot-on satire of where we, as humans, could be heading.
When it was released America wasn’t ready for Idiocracy, especially after multiple test screenings by American film goers that ironically ranked the film somewhere between completely incompetent to Troma-level stupidity. 20th Century Fox decided to stall its theatrical release for nearly a year before finally releasing it nationwide in just seven cities and 130 theaters in total with little to no press or marketing.
Its box office take was a shade under $450,000 USD, but its enduring popularity comes primarily from word of mouth, which is always a good sign of a great film and here I aim to do the same.
Here are 5 reasons why Idiocracy should be considered one of the best Sci-fi movies of all time…
This article was first posted on May 25, 2013