20th Century Fox / Ternion Pictures Released 2006



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Movie Summary

Mike Judge

Corporal Joe Bauers is average in every way. When he is asked to join a prostitute in a year-long hibernation experiment, he jumps at the chance to be of use. Unfortunately, the project is forgotten while they are slumbering and Joe and Maya accidentally awake 500 years in the future. As Joe begins to meet the people in this world, he realizes that society has lost a great deal of its intelligence. Most of the people he encounters are easily tricked and seem to have very low IQs. Joe is quickly arrested for not paying a hospital bill and is required to take an IQ test. Although he is easily able to outsmart the security officers at the jail to escape, Joe is tracked down by the President since his test proved that Joe is the smartest man alive. The President needs Joe's help to save society from food shortages, bad economy, and other problems. Will Joe be able to use his average intelligence to solve America's issues, or will their stupidity reign supreme?


Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    The plot, naturally, is silly and not exactly bound by logic. But it's Judge's gimlet-eyed knack for nightmarish extrapolation that makes Idiocracy a cathartic delight.

  • 70

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    Idiocracy, is often stingingly funny -- and an undeserving resident of the summer's-end movie dumping ground.

  • 60

    Variety Robert Koehler

    A satire for its time. What Judge is less sure of here than in his previous, perfectly pitched live-action comedy "Office Space," is how to build a complete movie around his key id...

    Luke Wilson

    Luke Wilson

    Joe Bauers

    Dax Shepard

    Dax Shepard


    Terry Crews

    Terry Crews

    President Camacho

    Eric Anderson (III)

    Eric Anderson (III)

    Angry Court Member (uncredited)

    Maya Rudolph

    Maya Rudolph


    Mitch Baker

    Mitch Baker

    Doctor - with Trashy Guy

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      • Production budget - $3,000,000
        Domestic gross - $444,093 (274th)

      • Filming locations:
        Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas
        Austin Studios, Texas
        Gary Job Corps Center, San Marcos, Texas

      • Taglines:
        1. The Future Is A No Brainer.
        2. In the future, intelligence is extinct.

      • Music:
        Trio Sonata No. 1 in G
        Written by Domenico Gallo
        Performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
        Whiskey and Rye
        Written by Steve Byrd
        Romantic Pieces, No. 1
        Written by Antonín Dvorák
        Performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
        Nuevos Tiempos
        Written by Anthony 'Citric' Campos, Rosalio Cruz and Jose Jimenez Jr.
        Performed by Pueblo Café
        Hoodoo Man
        Written by Amos Blakemore p/k/a Junior Wells
        Performed by Junior Wells with Buddy Guy
        Written by Bob Morris
        Performed by Buck Owens' Buckaroos
        Baby Come Back
        Written by Eddy Grant
        Performed by Desmond Dekker
        Hail to the Chief
        Written by James Sanderson
        Nitty Gritty
        Written and Performed by Doug Sahm
        Toda Mi Vida
        Written by Anthony 'Citric' Campos, Jose M. Lam, Rosalio Cruz and Jose Jimenez Jr.
        Performed by Pueblo Café
        Squadron Airborne
        Written by Bruce Campbell
        Star Spangled Banner
        Written by Francis Scott Key

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    Comedy, Fantasy


    light science fiction, Dark Comedy, pop culture observations, social commentary, microscope to the world