Idiocracy used to be a funny movie, now it's just depressing to watch
It's actually more of a utopia that many realise.
In the film universe, the Dunning-Kruger effect is non-existent. The stupid people are self-aware that they're stupid and voluntarily step aside when they recognise someone more capable of doing a job than they are.
This results in a meritocracy where competent, capable people are the ones making important decisions.
I used to think Office space was a comedy until I got older and realized it was a documentary.
Ugh I’m hard just thinking about this
In all seriousness, I can't drive past a Fuddruckers without saying Buttfuckers in my head.
Go away I'm baitin
I am fearfully waiting for the US Supreme Court to be renamed the "Extreme Court" and begin hearing cases in a reality television format.
Wait. You're saying that there is a movie which depicts idiots realizing they're idiots. And being humble enough to get the fuck out of the way for someone who's capable at actually doing actions that matter.
That is a godamn utopia.
Idiocracy was always meant to mock current society, not predict the future. The problem with it is that its first five minutes are used to justify eugenics.
The only reason eugenics is a bad thing is because there is no trustworthy authority that could decide who gets to reproduce. Eugenics would be beneficial for the human race, but not if humans themselves are the ones doing it. We would need a superior being of some sort to do it for us, kind of similar to what we've done with canines.
Basically same as communism. Ideal in theory, but the ideal scenario is impossible to actually achieve due to how shitty we are.
3 time Wrestlemania champion, and your President of the United States! Classic Terry Crews.
Don’t they try to kill the main guy in a demolition derby thunder dome for telling them to water crops with water instead of Gatorade?
Like from the toilet?
We didn't do a very good job with dogs either. See: pugs.
I thought this was a stupid movie the first time I watched it. Then after seeing the hospital scene where she pressed buttons based on people's symptoms and receiving a text from a friend containing nothing but emojis, I see where this world is heading!
It's amazing after a rewatch. Suddenly you're a lot less critical of their stupid society and a lot more critical of your own stupid society.
I am literally Peter Gibbons.
Go away, batin
Yeah, I'd agree with you. This posts title makes its seem like people are getting stupider as time passes, but I don't think that's true. Many people see the movie as society becoming dumber as every generation passes. But there has always been stupid people around. There's stupid people today and there will probably be stupid people in the future, no changing that (until we uncover a gene and can figure out how to splice it, but I'm getting wayyy ahead of myself).
Thats not the main point of the movie. It's about laziness, and the unwillingness for individuals to strive to become better. In the begining, the main character, is the epitome of this. He takes an pointless desk job where he barely does anything, but hey, it's a paycheck. Then he's told he get can a bonus by just sleeping in a chamber doing virtually nothing so why not, sounds good.
Once he awakes, he notices the experiment has gone extremely awry and that he's further into the future than he had previously thought. Like any of us in a similar situation, he had grand hopes for a bright future, but what he saw shocked and confused him.
Eventually he comes to the realization that has woken up in a society that is piggybacking off of the success of the previous generations, with all of its crumbling infrastructure and no minds pushing for progress. Poetically, he realizes he may be the only Man who can change things and for the first time in his life he chooses to become the person thinking about the wellbeing of others that's he's living with, and for future generations.
It's a pretty good movie with a deep rooted message about our society today where many live paycheck to paycheck with no other meaning in life other than providing for their family. Anyway, that's my two cents.
At first, I thought it read "Ruddfuckers"
Listen, I just want a movie where I care about who’s ass it is, and why it’s farting.
But Brawndo’s got electrolytes... they’re what plants crave
Mike Judge is a genius and that movie has gone from satire to documentary :)
President Camacho: Now I understand everyone's shit's emotional right now. But I've got a 3 point plan that's going to fix EVERYTHING.
Congressman #1: Break it down, Camacho!
President Camacho: Number 1: We've got this guy Not Sure. Number 2: He's got a higher IQ than ANY MAN ALIVE. and Number 3: He's going to fix EVERYTHING.
As a bonus: imagine if every politician broke stuff down in braindead simple terms like that.
They try to kill him because it isn’t working. He becomes their leader once they realize he isn’t bullshitting and that plants need water, like from the toilet
Gonna get downvoted to hell for this, because it doesn't appeal to Reddit's cynical nihilism, but relevant XKCD.
EDIT: Oh good lord, somebody actually gilded the OP.
Exxxtreme court, since everything is pornographic
“Everyone is stupid but me.”
And I object he interrupted me when I was watching "Ow, my Balls!"
That’s probably why he made that bomb
Like seriously how many recessive genes from the mighty wolf did we have to uncover and multiply until we ended up with a pug? What would the “pug” of humanity look like?
He doesn't exactly change because he wants to, though. He changes because he becomes the smartest person in the world, putting him in a position where he needs to step up in hopes of returning to the past. The movie leans towards the idea that he is actually average in all aspects including intelligence.
I don't know if I buy the idea that he was holding himself back through his laziness considering the bar for whats considered "hard working" is so low in the future. Movie starts off with smarter yuppies being too risk adverse and eventually dying before having kids, while idiots were having kids wholesale, and this negative theme of idiot worship continues throughout the movie. Joe seems more like hes meant to be a vehicle for the average viewer to relate to his situation. Hes what would happen to a normal guy if the world was taken over by idiots.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg? More like Nude 'brator Insert ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
You think Einstein walked around thinkin' everyone was a bunch of dumb shits?
Everyone calls it that at least once, its hard not to.
Trump was on WWE
that ride sucks
A journalist recently asked trump about a possible "big ass war". That's when I realized that we are in a worse idiocracy
Man, I don't need that movie to help me be more critical of my stupid society. I feel like society has always done a pretty good job at pointing out its inability to be competent as a whole.
I welcome our new AI overlords
many live paycheck to paycheck with no other meaning in life other than providing for their family
I hope the critique here is about how society has put people in those positions rather than the peoole trapped in them.
No eugenics is bad because killing or sterilizing people against their will is bad. And trying to improve the world by just making everyone smarter or more physically fit is probably misguided since it wouldn't solve any fundamental problems.
The only reason eugenics is a bad thing is because there is no trustworthy authority that could decide who gets to reproduce.
No, it's bad because we can't predict the future, so we cannot know what "better genes" actually are. We'd run the risk of turning ourselves into a monoculture like what we've done to corn. That makes us weaker as a whole because a single problem could wipe us out. Genetic diversity makes us, as a species more primed for survival.
Evolution isn't a straight line from "worse" to "better" at the end of which is "the best human".
this comment is peak reddit
Fuddruckers? Yeah, totally an existing chain. I think they specialize in hotdogs, or something.
I dunno, but I bet you'd find one at 2am in a 24-hour Wal-Mart.
it wouldn't solve any fundamental problems.
It could eliminate all genetic diseases.
But we humans are far too big of assholes to open that door.
I thought they have those everywhere now?
The Thunderdome wouldn't fit in a toilet stupid.
It's a pretty good movie with a deep rooted message about our society today where many live paycheck to paycheck with no other meaning in life other than providing for their family.
Erm, most people today aren't working paycheck to paycheck because they don't want anything more. We are, in fact, extremely pissed about working paycheck to paycheck.
I used to be terrified of getting stuck in a cubicle working 9-5 but now I would kill for a job like that.
Wait, that's a real thing?
Found the guy who didn't read the entire strip!
Fuck that, I'd be waiting with popcorn. Who wants the Supreme Justice to barge in, shoot a AK-47 in the air to make order, and laugh at fart jokes? I do.
...designed by humans
But it’s got electrolights.
I see what you're saying, but previous methods of eugenics (sterilizing/killing), or even denying people their right to breed is not a way to go. This is mostly what made eugenics a bad thing; even if you cut out the racism and want to remove genetic defects, the only way to implement such a program was to sterilize and kill.
If you want eugenics, we have to use the newer methods from advances in genetic engineering, such as germline gene therapy where no sterilization or killing is required; rather, the parents voluntarily choose to remove genetic defects and the like.
The key here is choice - since future parents can simply conceive naturally, they should not be forced to remove genetic defects from their child (via the germ cells i.e. sperm/egg/embryo); instead, they can choose (and maybe encouraged to) to do so. A eugenics program implemented by a government would still be unethical, as it would deny people their right of choice.
As a little kid, I always called it Fuckruckers. I didn't understand why my stepdad would snigger while my mom looked shocked until I got older.
What if someone has a time machine?
Trump, get out of the way so Terry Crews can handle his shit!
Just think how stupid the democrats are that he beat. They must be the biggest idiots in the universe.
I mean, they are already brain dead. Maybe that's the issue? Or maybe its because most of them are old enough to have a stroke to make them brain dead?
There a morbid joke somewhere. Make it happen reddit.
I feel like Mike Judge will be incredibly popular in, say, 500 years. Sorta like how people know Da Vinci now. Leaving behind art is always helpful to a long lasting legacy.
That is definitely NOT the only reason eugenics is terrible.
Lead, follow, or get out of the way.
Hey Peter, whaaaaat's happening?
Better yet, thanks to advances in genetic engineering, there is no longer a need to deny certain people to reproduce. Instead, they can eventually use germline gene therapy i.e. edit the genetic makeup of the sperm/egg/embryo cell to produce a child without genetic defects, meaning the parents (even those with genetic diseases) can have children that can live long, healthy lives.
Well, she fucked Lumberg, soooooo....
The stepping aside part ?
They're smart enough to know what stupidity is, but not smart enough to overcome it. It's like the first step in AA
I think you meant steamed hams
People don't live paycheck to paycheck due to laziness & unwillingness toward progress. What a ridiculous statement.
No it doesn't. I don't get where people get that from. The message of the movie is that people need to step up and do something instead of being just consumers.
It's much more obvious for the dumb people but it also apply for the nerds who waist their life chasing social status (education, money,etc).
..by Carl's Jr.
Hell, good intentions don't count for shit. Hitler had good intentions. He was trying to create a perfect world, like Jesus, but with more chemical weapons.
Literally? Like, actually? I thought he was fictional? How’s Joanna doing these days?
I’m sorry about the cover sheet for my TPS report. I’ll remember next time.
No, it's bad because we can't predict the future, so we cannot know what "better genes" actually are.
ideally we would just eliminate all serious genetic diseases and that would be the extent of it.
It was just that the stupid states had the electoral wins.
A majority of them?
It was a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Why because it’s seeming more and more plausible?
Not if you don't live in America. Sucks to be you.