Idiocracy (2006)

It’s become a bit of a cliche to point to 2006’s underappreciated “Idiocracy” as an oddly prescient satire that seems to have become a reality in the United States rather quickly, but it’s hard not to notice the similarities. From the barely coherent President with a limited vocabulary to a rejection of good taste in favor of coarse vulgarity to a disinterested government mainly interested in its own fortunes, the similarities start to stack up until they can’t be ignored. In the lead role Luke Wilson brings little to the movie, but luckily co-lead Maya Rudolph manages to work comedic wonders despite negligible dialogue, and the movie benefits tremendously from Dax Shepard’s dead-on performance. Along with a layered screenplay that deliberately mixes crass and wisdom, the movie is an entertaining stroll down a comedically nightmarish future that seems to get ever so slowly close to reality.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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