MIKE’S TAKE: Three stars
In a future where intelligence is depleted, today’s average man is tomorrow’s Einstein. That’s the premise of “Idiocracy.” It’s a dark comedy – so with the absence of memorable catch phrases or easily re-enactable scenes – most people may disregard it as sophomoric and forgettable. True, Mike Judge’s latest is not half the film as his cult classic “Office Space,” but it’s darker, edgier and I think it works. It may not be laugh-out-loud funny, but it has moments of guilty-pleasure smirks and irony-pleasing chuckles. The film stars Luke Wilson, who proves capable of being funny without backup from fellow Frat Pack members (Will Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller and brother Owen).
JORGE’S TAKE: ½ star
I like talented comedians like Jim Carrey in “Dumb and Dumber.” No brainer movies have a role in our society -— they relieve stress. Even they seek to be creative in the dialogue. This film, on the other hand, exhausted my patience.
The plot made me curious in terms of how it would carry out the logic of reverse evolution and how an average Joe could end up the smartest guy on Earth.
But it doesn’t help if even the main character played by Luke Wilson repeatedly reminds us he’s just an average guy. The world he wakes up to 500 years later isn’t able to see how plants need water to grow. This film isn’t able to see how comedy also needs to be cultivated.