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Idiocratic Design

It is early in 2007 but the funniest (and most scathing) movie I have seen all year is without a doubt Mike Judge’s — of Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill and the turn-of-the-century-defining Office Space fame — latest effort: 2006’s Idiocracy. A movie that, apparently, no one wants you to see, as it premiered with an extremely limited release (in seven cities on a mere 125 theaters) with no promotion from its studio (20th Century Fox), no screenings for critics and, as it released on DVD this February, still not a marketing peep to push sales or rentals. But then again, who wants to see a movie about a future 500 years in the making — but unnervingly current — where stupidity, laziness, horniness and perverse, dictatorial branding have rendered society, government and etiquette into a messy, procrastinating and doomed world that has succumbed to sleazy pleasures and is dominated by corporate and retail companies, surrounded by mountains of garbage, and defined by language that has become the lowest common denominator of a combination of “hillbilly, valley girl and slang”? This is the world that the main character, played by Luke Wilson, and his prostitute partner-in-misery, played by Maya Rudolph, have woken up to 500 years after a military experiment to freeze their most competent men and women has, of course, gone awry. An early montage paints the picture: A franchise of the suburb-friendly chain, Fuddruckers, is built on top of the military base and metamorphoses in a five-century-long process into a bubbly-lettered, now oddly-coloned Butt:Fuckers.

Butt:Fuckers

But Fuddruckers actually had it easy. Everything in America, as we know it, has deteriorated to its exaggerated (but nonetheless potentially realistic) possibilities in this dystopian movie: Costco is the size of a small village and sells livestock, Carl’s Jr. is the sponsor of the government which is now run by a porn star, a faux Gatorade-like product has replaced water, and civilians (and the President of the U.S.A.) happily fire automatic weapons into the air in celebration — or to get someone’s attention. What makes this movie so funny (and scary) is that we can imagine living in a world like this; environments like Blade Runner, Minority Report or Children of Men are easier to dismiss as something that our grandchildren’s grandchildren will have to face on their own and are perhaps easier to cope with, unlike Idiocracy where, despite its cheesy computer-generated imagery, we are drawn into this silly world — rubbernecking as it wrecks in its feasibility. Still, I snickered and guffawed throughout the movie as Mike Judge hazes American culture, barraging through — and dragging it to its most asinine extremes — everything in his path: Economics, entertainment, health, food, politics, linguistics and even, to my sustained amusement, the visual and graphic language with which we communicate.

The movie spares no detail in the satire of branding and graphic design, turning every logo, sign and poster into a dumbed-down, Web 2.0-ish, futuristic-looking style that may come sooner than 500 years from now. Either a designer with a wicked sense of humor was hired to create the myriad of logos of real and invented corporations, or they simply tagged LogoWorks and asked them to do their best work. Whichever case, Idiocracy displays some of the best graphic humor to appear in a feature film. Here are some of my favorite screen-captured moments:

Crooked Signage
Signage on a hospital facade that doesn’t fit. But, I mean, hasn’t this happened to all of us? Who hasn’t run out of room when trying to hand-letter a sign?

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Brawndo
Brawndo, the faux-Gatorade product italicizes an italic for a gravity-defying slant! Do check out the kerning in “Mutilator”, and the lower case “i” in an otherwise uppercased ad.

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Carl's Jr. Sign
Carl’s Jr. once friendly star is now adamantly pissed off. Must be because one of its arms fell.

Carl's Jr. T-shirts
Cool Carl’s Jr. swag. But then again, everybody wears heavily branded T-shirts in this movie… Hmmmm, Not much different from today’s irony-clad apparel actually.

Ironic Brand T-shirts

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Ten Million Dollar Bill
Probably doesn’t make the cut as the “most beautiful money in the world” but, man, this is so money.

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Police Car
When the Police car first came out I knew this was going to be one of the best movies ever. I can’t wait for the day when the N.Y.P.D. adopts some blackletter, bling and badass curly-cues as their identity. New York’s finest would look fine in these uniforms if you ask me.

Guard

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Starbucks
Some of the funniest visual jokes are of existing brands and their corresponding idiotic makeovers. Starbucks’ mermaid is now as pissed as Carl’s Jr. star and has replaced her crown with some sort of comrade beret and the typography has gone to the deep ends of poor taste and the shallow waters of leet speak with that “8” standing in for the “B”.

H&R Block
H&R Block retains its green square but has gained a multitude of bevels and shadows (sound familiar?) and is now rendered in a kickass futuristic typeface with, count them: One, two three strokes.

Costco
Costco, disappointingly, could actually be a redesign that would take place this decade in this way, perhaps without the multi-strokes.

Pepsi, American Express and SBC
Here, we see three logos: Pepsi, which looks like it came out from the T.26 library; American Express, which must have been designed by the same agency that did H&R Block; and SBC, which, in this context, looks deliciously old-school.

FedEx
Hard to spot but, here at the top of the frame, we have FedEx getting the triple-x treatment, and it looks like the company has switched to shipping Ground only.

Fox News Channel
Yes, you are right, this logo is exactly like the 2007 version. This is funny. But not funny-haha. Funny-sad. Fox News as you may know is part of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, the same empire that owns the studio that made this movie, 20th Century Fox. How sad that they could not play along. This simply looks to be another manifestation of the problems that the studio had with this movie. However, the tracking on “channel” is quite stupid.

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The Time Masheen

U.N.
Another laugh-out-loud moment was when the main characters ride the “Time Masheen” and come to a diorama explaining how the U.N. (pronounce here as Unh) saved the world by Uhn-nazing the Nazis. The scene also reminded, in a non-funny way, of this poster by Israeli designer Yossi Lemel:

UNable by Yossi Lemel

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Food Pyramid
Perhaps not the most healthy and balanced recommendation, but at least it’s a lot clearer than the USDA’s.

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Despite his good intentions in the movie, Luke Wilson is the most hated habitant for the longest part of the movie in this mad mad world — I will spare you the details in case you do see this movie — becoming the most wanted criminal for the reasons listed in the frame below. And I can’t help but think that this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it frame is essentially the most important in the movie and the one that carries the heftiest moral: The world will end up like this if we keep being dicks and fucking up lots of shit. As designers we can’t do much to save the world but let’s try to not fuck up lots of shit and not be dicks. That’s my biggest lesson for 2007. But it’s still early in the year.

Don't be a Dick
All frames are © 2006 20th Century Fox.

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PUBLISHED ON Feb.26.2007 BY Armin
WITH 73 COMMENTS
Comments
Andrew Twigg’s comment is:

Can't wait to see it.
er,
Can't w8 2 xee it.

On Feb.26.2007 at 05:35 PM
Von K’s comment is:

I watched this over the weekend and totally agree. The combination of language, mannerisms, sounds and especially visuals brought Judge's whole grotesque conceptual world to life very nicely.

You really have to freeze-frame an awful lot to fully appreciate all the work done with these hilarious visual parodies. Wait 'till the 2nd time through for that, though.

One of my favorites was how the vehicles were adorned with useless fins and wings. The little flippers on the back of the police cars were perfect.

On Feb.26.2007 at 05:44 PM
Don’s comment is:

Some good ideas in the flic, but overall the movie is sooo freakin' bad you're going to wonder if clipping your toenails would've been more entertaining as in hindsight.

It's a terribly sucky movie.

On Feb.26.2007 at 10:52 PM
Randy J. Hunt’s comment is:

Jesus, look like some sophisticated banality. I can't wait to get my grubby hands on it.

I remember going to Fuddruckers as a kid and thinking there was something really dirty about the name.

On Feb.26.2007 at 11:01 PM
Darrel’s comment is:

Just moved it to the top of my netflix Q. I find it hard to top the perfection of Office Space, but we'll see...

On Feb.27.2007 at 11:11 AM
Armin’s comment is:

Darrel, definitely do not expect a follow-up to Office Space. This movie is very different. But I can almost guarantee you will like it.

**

On a somewhat related note, here is a great compilation of the ads that run as ambient that were created for the futuristic movie Children of Men.

On Feb.27.2007 at 11:47 AM
Darryl Brown’s comment is:

Maybe the Fox logo isn't messed with because 2007's Fox News has already achieved a 2507-level of idiocracy.

On Feb.27.2007 at 12:27 PM
Chris Harrison’s comment is:

Just recently had the opportunity to watch this flick and the analysis is spot on... The designers on this flick did a great job of dumbing down logos we know and love and it added a lot to the overall atmosphere of the flick. The movie is hilarious, but more than that it's a sad commentary on how society at large is devolving... God help us if we ever get like this...

On Feb.27.2007 at 05:14 PM
statolith’s comment is:

I've rented this twice now, it's that good. "Welcome to Costco, I love you! Welcome to Costco, I love you!"

On Feb.27.2007 at 06:08 PM
Jim’s comment is:

Really awesome article!

http://www.filmzone.org

On Feb.27.2007 at 06:37 PM
enid’s comment is:

Really enjoyed reading your post, can't wait to see this!

On Feb.27.2007 at 09:07 PM
Jeff’s comment is:

I had the same thought as Darryl Brown's comment above. The regular old Fox News logo in a time of idiocy just pounds home the point.

On Feb.27.2007 at 10:21 PM
Jason’s comment is:

The opening montage was genius and is something that has never really been analyzed in film before. But everything passed that is absolutely horrible. Very hard to watch. The sheer stupidity of it all is just so mind-numbing ridiculous, I could barely finish it. The concept & visual idiocracy were there, but the execution was flawed; I thought.

On Feb.27.2007 at 11:26 PM
Pale’s comment is:

I saw it last weekend, and loved it. Very good, and kind of scarily.....possible....

But I took the FOX bit as meaning, they are stupid enough already, and had not needed to change as society got stupider...
I would agree with that too.

On Feb.28.2007 at 12:44 AM
Charles’s comment is:

ha.. about 20 years ago, my brother-in-law ran a design shop in LA that sold t-shirts, including one design with a yellow star with a frown, he got a cease-and-desist letter from Carl's Jr. and had to destroy all the shirts (except for the ONE that I swiped). It didn't even mention Carl's Jr. by name, it just looked vaguely similar to their logo, and that was enough for their lawyers to have a snit.

On Feb.28.2007 at 02:34 AM
Pesky’s comment is:

///initiate transmission

///I've been to the future and it's far, far worse///

///it's those damn happy pills///I don't mind the radioactivity in the water - it tastes just like Pepsi///really///who would have thought: American President Britney Spears///everyone bald and in rehab now///

end of transmission///

On Feb.28.2007 at 07:07 AM
Darryl Crosby’s comment is:

I saw this movie the other day. The premise was interesting but the execution left something to be desired. What bothered me the most was the central idea that class is somehow linked to intelligence. The middle class yuppie couple had high IQs whereas the working class or lower class "baby makers" had low IQs. How do we prevent this terrible future? How about free abortions for the poor or perhaps we force welfare recipients to use birth control. It's a dangerous idea that has led to things like eugenics, the measuring of craniums, and concepts of a super race.

It's obvious that thousands of individuals from humble beginnings have gone on to great success in life. On the other hand you have George Bush. Nuff said?

The issues the film maker addresses have more to do with ignorance and lack of educational access than stupidity. Combine this with a media that tends to penalize intelligence. Remember how John Kerry was bashed for being smart in the last election?

On Feb.28.2007 at 04:12 PM
dan’s comment is:

The desiner's name is Ellen Lampl. She works out of Austin (with her husband) and both are very talented.

Credits.
http://imdb.com/name/nm1122713/

On Feb.28.2007 at 04:46 PM
dan’s comment is:

Sorry "designer" not desiner.

On Feb.28.2007 at 04:54 PM
Ed’s comment is:

500 years from now?

i'm already designing type like the logo for starbucks... talk about ahead of my time!

On Feb.28.2007 at 06:19 PM
Bradley’s comment is:

Well, I was having a hard time breathing by the end of the post just because the visuals are utterly hysterical--seriously, can't remember when I saw something that made me laugh so hard. Haven't seen the movie, but I hope its even funnier. The pissed off Carl's Jr (or here in STL, "Hardees") still has me in stitches.

Michael Bierut said something really smart years ago in regards to the "First Things First Manifesto," responding to the document's apparent distaste for all commercial design by asking why, exactly, people who buy dog biscuits don't deserve to have nicely done, thoughtful dog biscuit packaging.

It's simple: Do nice, honest work. Or the old maxim that never seems to fail: do work somebody would want to steal.

Too bad "simple" doesn't mean that its easy to MAKE happen. For that, I blame many, many brand managers.

On Feb.28.2007 at 06:51 PM
felix’s comment is:

Great article, Arm. Its been Net-Felixed®.

In case you're keeping score at home WEs Anderson, the Owens brothers and Mike Judge are from my hometown. THis cancels out Vanilla Ice. Word to your mothers.

On Feb.28.2007 at 08:58 PM
Devin’s comment is:

500 years, and no van Winkle beards? laaaame

...i also suspect that by then, mutton chops will be back in style

On Mar.01.2007 at 12:03 AM
Pesky’s comment is:

Felix, my mama says no cash back, no cancellation, homeboy.

On Mar.01.2007 at 01:10 AM
mattshu’s comment is:

Loved that movie. The whole time I kept thinking, "this was made explicitly for graphic designers to laugh at."

Also, I loved how all of the clothing in the movie was made out of that shiny ghetto fabulous material.

This movie definitely needs to be watched with a high degree of cynicism to be enjoyed. But, enjoy it you will.

On Mar.01.2007 at 03:01 PM
Paul’s comment is:

I think one of the prolems with the logos and the signage created for "Idiocracy" is that they still are using apostrophes correctly, an area where you already see a lot of mistakes.

I was looking forward to this movie and I think the premise is interesting. However, like others, I was disappointed in the execution. You couldn't have the civilization that was depicted if the people were that dumb. There would be no TV, no electricity, nothing new could be designed and manufactured. I know this sounds literal but it defated the impact of the movie for me.

On Mar.01.2007 at 04:32 PM
ANM’s comment is:

Though I share Judge's concerns about our future, the movie was in extremely poor taste, the earlier segments excepted. In short, the film was as distasteful as its subjects. This was especially apparent when I watched Walt Whitman's Metropolitan immediately afterward.

On Mar.01.2007 at 06:23 PM
Héctor Muñoz’s comment is:

The whole point of the movie is not to prophetize the future, this is about the present Paul, the picture is not lacking coherence: northamericans live surrounded by machines in a society that celebrates dumbness, violence, trashy sex life and lazyness via TV.

I know this is obvious but I guess you don't have to take the time travel literally, it is just a way to transport you to the parody world.

The movie is tacky and the story is cheap, this may also be a parody of hollywood so look at it with humor.

I liked it and laughed a lot when I heard some cholo expressions used along with reality tv talking trash. The trial was one of the best parts for me. What about the president being a porn star? (sounds familiar to californians?).

Ok... I'm sorry to say all this but it appeared on the movie first and I really appreciate the speakup community.

Sorry for my idiocratic english as well.

On Mar.03.2007 at 02:25 AM
Derrick Schultz ’s comment is:

But those icons from the hospital are amazing!

I've never seen such immediate legibility. SEGD should give them an award and use them in every hospital from now on.

On Mar.04.2007 at 01:15 PM
Mary’s comment is:

I saw the movie last night. Not too get too "serious" about the movie, but I can see where he got his inspiration for all of that. I mean, we already live in a society where girls have the word "juicy" displayed across their backsides...the place of sex in society has really changed over the last 20 years.

I'll step off that soapbox pretty quickly, because honestly, I laughed pretty hard at this movie. I've never seen anything quite like this, but it was eerie and funny all at the same time.

On Mar.05.2007 at 12:00 PM
Charlene’s comment is:

Truly one of the first laugh-out-loud films of the year...I genuinely didn't expect much from it when I rented it. The DISTURBING thing about finding humor in this film is that for all of it's in-your-face assassination of society's malfunctioning definition of progress... it's NOT all fiction!

It's already started:
stupidprices dot com (God help us all.)

On Mar.06.2007 at 04:20 PM
fluffy’s comment is:

Looks like the FedEx logo also lost the hidden arrow and was turned from masterful, careful typography into yet another text "logo."

On Mar.06.2007 at 05:34 PM
Devin’s comment is:

500 years from now?

more like ~10 years ago :P

On Mar.06.2007 at 07:38 PM
Rich’s comment is:

I rented this movie a few weeks back and was so delighted and yet confused as to why I didn't see but a hint of its release!

http://brachiate4art.blogspot.com/

On Mar.09.2007 at 01:49 AM
ryan’s comment is:

Here's a quick video snippet of the greatest scene from the movie

On Mar.19.2007 at 11:10 AM
Sornie’s comment is:

Being a designer myself, I'd totally watch this movie regardless of how depressing or cynical it is. I would think based on the limited release that it must suck but some of the best films are often obscure like this.

On Mar.23.2007 at 01:19 PM
john’s comment is:

loved this film. how can you not love a show called "Ow My Balls!" othoh, "Win Free Medicare" in the hospital was a laughing/wincing moment. this was satire at it's most scathing greatness.

On Mar.27.2007 at 01:18 PM
sean’s comment is:

this movie was amazing, every time i watch it i notice funnier parts and their extreme attention to detail. for instance, the portrait of the president on the bed side table where joe is staying in the white house. funniest thing i have ever seen, if ANYONE KNOWS WHERE I CAN FIND THAT PICTURE ONLINE PLEASE SEND ME THE LINK

smbrincefiel@bsu.edu

On Apr.18.2007 at 07:50 PM
Woody Holliman’s comment is:

Thank you so much for bringing our attention to this movie - it sounds absolutely brilliant!!! I'm going to buy tickets for all the designers in my studio.

On May.01.2007 at 09:50 AM
Jason’s comment is:

This movie is brilliant. I sat down and had to make these. A Brawndo one is up next.

On May.01.2007 at 06:43 PM
Corey Phillips’s comment is:

The very fact that we need something so entertaining to point out how messed up everything is, well that is the funniest thing of all about this movie. To me, it's the only funny thing. When you guys wonder whether you are laughing at the guy getting kicked in the balls or at the actual joke of humor having been reduced to such a thing, I am crying. I'd prefer to preserve the quality of my mirth.

On May.16.2007 at 10:54 PM
Drew’s comment is:

This is a great movie. I watched it a while ago and not sure where I heard about it... but ever since watching that, I've been telling everyone to watch it. You actually catch more of the design elements watching it the second time.

On Jun.25.2007 at 06:24 PM
Matthew Martin’s comment is:

Hi Its Matthew Martin again from Warren Mi again.Keep an eye on the news in the detroit area I started my plans to change the policys of MY city. Jim fouts is a long time civil servant in MY city(40 years)Im ending his connection with MY city. My plan worked better than I expected. Watch him ruin his lifetime goal of being Mayor in MY city. (stupid people are so easy 2 fool)I need people to start responding to my ideas because our fav movie is going to be my pol. agenda. watch (in the news, Warren MI) and get with me via e mail (mattm237695@hotmail.com) I gotta sleep Ive been up for 30 or so hours setting this up. Ive got 25 friends ready to go to work on my agenda (since january).I need contact info (or any hints) you have to get in touch Mike Judge(if you have any at all).If not Email me & well find him together.Remember the key words,(Warren mi,Jim Fouts,Matthew Martin). mattm237695@hotmail.com Thanks

On Jul.10.2007 at 06:19 PM
aleste81’s comment is:

We French people love this movie.
It describes USA as we know it.

On Jul.18.2007 at 10:25 PM
Kasey’s comment is:

I really enjoyed this movie and think it is brilliant. It is a shame that so many people won't ever even hear of it until it (if anything) makes it's TV debut. I've watched it so many times and it only gets better each time. I've even gone as far as buying Idiocracy t-shirts that of course FOX will never put out. Excellent captures by the way!

On Aug.11.2007 at 08:17 PM
Peter’s comment is:

I love all the idiots who make the same obvious "500 years from now? More like today! Haw haw haw I'm so clever!" remarks.

They should just go watch "Ass"; it's more their level.

On Sep.04.2007 at 03:40 PM
Pope’s comment is:

I think people are failing to see the biggest joke of them all: Mike Judge is making fun of the target audience for Beavis and Butthead; he's making fun of the people that are laughing at this movie. Irony. How many people are pointing their fingers back at themselves? I can count one. *raises right hand* I promise to proselytise all those that have stickers saying "Get 'R Done", "Kick Some Bass", "Aint Skeert", Calvin peeing, Calvin pooping, and/or balls hanging from a trailer hitch. Let's also not forget the people who use the word "myself" incorrectly to sound important in business settings... like their self is some super awesome third party entity that they're keeping under wraps.

On Sep.06.2007 at 10:10 AM
Upgrayedd ’s comment is:

aleste81: We in the USA know how you feel. And we don't think more of you for it.

On Sep.11.2007 at 04:23 PM
OneFish’s comment is:

Found a copy of the DVD the other day.

A very funny movie with good and great stuff scattered willy nilly throughout.

I have to say that the DVD menu is a riot - it's like Frito's TV screen and it's so full of blinking crap that it's hard to tell where you are...LOL.

On Oct.24.2007 at 07:55 PM
Al Mumit’s comment is:

Okay ..it's a stale thread...BUT
I think Judge got shafted by Fox. This movie was obviously cut up. Judge may have been trying to point out a serious flaw in human behavior that dominates both this film and Office Space; that humans are self righteous, obtrusive, self-centered ass munchers who are far too quick to pass judgment on their fellow man and take bold action with out logical cause against their perceptions of irritation. Many of the comments in this thread are evidence of that.
If it sells, screw the moral implications--- if it increases your influence, screw the consequences--- if someone calls you on your short-sighted view, kill them.
Judge didn't make a comedy, he made a tragedy...maybe even the ultimate Greek type. He sees the future the same as many...that what has become important to most is inconsequential to human development. With all the attention given to Britney Spears lately...I'd say Mike Judge tried to make light of the inevitable ruin of humankind.
This film made me giggle...but only because I know I'll die watching the beginning stages of the end...just like Judge portrays it.

On Feb.02.2008 at 01:59 AM
Theresa sible’s comment is:

This is a great movie and, sorry to say, looking more plausable every day! Our society is dumbing down at an alarming rate. Funny movie, but scarey too!

On Feb.07.2008 at 06:12 PM
Not Sure’s comment is:

This movie was hilarious and scary. No way we're 500 years from this world; hell we're already there on Youtube. Ninety-nine percent of the comments there are stupid, insulting, juvenile, and littered with spelling errors.

Today 143 million pounds of beef was recalled, but is that what Congress was doing last week, watching out for the safety of our food supply? No, the House of Representin' was busy grilling Roger Freaking Clemens and his giant HGH head. We're doomed!

On Feb.18.2008 at 02:22 AM
Rebecca’s comment is:

I've been following Mike Judge's work throughout the years. I think Idiocracy is the best thing he's done so far. We watched it at home several months ago and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a great social commentary! I liked your article. I had noticed many of the graphic designs, but thank you for pointing out the smaller details. This movie was a hoot!

On Feb.21.2008 at 10:15 AM
Eric Bekebrede’s comment is:

Idiocracy is the scariest movie that you'll ever laugh through.
We have the license to sell Idiocracy apparel at:
http://www.tshirtoutlet.com/idiocracy.html

On Feb.22.2008 at 11:39 AM
Tylenol Jones’s comment is:

This is definitely one of those stupid movies that's actually funny as oppossed to the stupid movies that are just stupid with enough funny parts to make a trailer. I laughed myself 'tarded and I'm willing to bet this will take its place as a cult classic. Two thoughts about this film I would like to add, though maybe others have already brought it up:

1. Almost all the companies in the movie are real, except Brawndo. And that company seems to be a pretty apparent parody of Gatorade (unless its meant to be an amalgam of Gatorade, Brawny and Draino). Could all of the other companies have given permission to use their names in the movie except Gatorade or was that the only company they were worried about being sued by? I personally think it was all great product placement, but I would have assumed companies like Carls Jr would be hesitant to use the slogan "Carls Jr. FUCK YOU!!... and I mean it".

2. Tylenol Jones is the new Boba Fett. Doubt this if you wish, but put you ear to the ground and you can hear the distant rumble of a new cult icon's arrival.

On Mar.02.2008 at 09:07 PM
MaureenBS’s comment is:

"Go 'way... batin'!"

This movie has so many great one-liners, it's hard to pick a favorite. I'd have to say that one is most repeated with my group. (I guess I shouldn't brag about that.)

On Mar.04.2008 at 05:02 PM
Dr. Guy Gadois’s comment is:

Oh fuck! This film is way too accurate...A good test is to watch it with someone. Those who don't laugh are already well on their way...It's actually pretty scary.

On Apr.26.2008 at 10:40 PM
Andrew’s comment is:

This is a little late but thanks for this article , it was exactly what I was looking for. This is interesting movie and I've recommended it to other people and used it as a good explanation of why I can't look at sites like myspace or youtube.

Also...
Thanks, aleste81. We also have ignorant fools in the US whose understanding of other cultures are nothing more than low, asinine stereotypes.

And...
ANM, I don't think Walt Whitman was the director of Metropolitan.

On May.04.2008 at 08:40 PM
Weasel’s comment is:

One of the funniest parts of the movie never made it to the final cut on DVD. (but is offered in the deleted scenes) If you haven’t seen the “Museum of Fart” scene I suggest checking it out.

I’d also like to add that this movie has excellent replay value. I catch little things each time I watch that make me laugh.

I can only hope that “Beer Online” doesn’t take 500 years to get here! ;-)

http://www.illworld.com
(my site)

On May.12.2008 at 05:30 PM
AaronM’s comment is:

Fantastic overview of the design used in Idiocracy.
Thanks for these captures, you're doing a great service.
I just saw the film today and loved it.

On Jun.04.2008 at 12:11 AM
Fun bags’s comment is:

This movie is one of my all-time favorites. I can't get enough of it. I just joined a fan site for Idiocracy - it's brand new, don't know why there aren't more. Idocracy fans, come check it out!

Http://idiocraacy.ning.com

Ow! My Balls!

On Jun.20.2008 at 01:30 PM
Fun bags’s comment is:

This movie is one of my all-time favorites. I can't get enough of it. I just joined a fan site for Idiocracy - it's brand new, don't know why there aren't more. Idocracy fans, come check it out!

Http://idiocracy.ning.com

Ow! My Balls!

On Jun.20.2008 at 01:31 PM
Matt’s comment is:

Drop into YouTube and read the comments there on just about any subject.

Morons who argue and swear at each other even when they agree.

Other morons who argue and swear over matters of easily verifiable fact.

Constant swearing. Poor grammar, no punctuation it's all there.

Morons who cannot touch a keyboard without typing 'lol' or 'lmao' - all the time.

Very depressing.

On Jun.22.2008 at 11:10 PM
McClenny’s comment is:

Like Attack of Killer Tomatoes (tomatoes have had a bad month btw) this is a cult classic. A Gatorade clone takes over the FTC and FDA! We have incidental airplane crashes taking place in the background. TV channels cater to individual tastes--the Violence Channel! Water only used for toilets--that makes me wonder what they use for IV fluids int he hospital. This is fiction, but some parts are all-too-close to the truth. Half the nation's population works for the Gatorade clone. Not concerned about current ACT/SAT test scores going down? Watch the movie. A sequel would be a great idea. Other than the dialogue,I didn't think it deserved the R rating.

On Jun.30.2008 at 11:05 AM
Lees’s comment is:

I have seen this at least 10 times and I see something new each time. It is awesome. And scary.

On Jul.09.2008 at 11:04 PM
Roddenberry’s comment is:

Paris Hilton,death of Anna Nicole Smith, Britney Spears, Kim Kardashan, cable TV, economic and cultural recession.The beginning of the end of american empire. XXI century will be asian

On Aug.26.2008 at 09:47 AM
dirk’s comment is:

Just saw the movie and wish I could send Mike Judge a message of congratulations. It is indeed a brilliant satire: funny and painfully funny. The site gags are wonderfully depicted in your summary, but there is so much more (family tree, truck not fitting through entrance, landscape with skyscrapers wrapped together with tape) that one can watch this movie multiple times and still laugh out loud.
I was worried that it would kill Mike's movie making career, but happy to see that he's back with a new film coming out next year. Let's hope he stays true to form and goes 3 for 3 live action features!

On Aug.26.2008 at 11:03 AM
sherri’s comment is:

to all those who greatly disregaurded this movie, think about this: First, its not about analyzing the signs or speech, ect... Second, this is not a movie you would watch if you OBVIOUSLY dont have some kind of sence of humor. Third, you cant lay your personal hung ups on the way this film was made, i.e. IDIOCRACY everyone in their own way (in my opinion) is some what 1/2 retarded.(not in a diabled kind of way, a i know the difference but do it any way.) Finally, this is a plain ole funny f***ing movie just put it on relax (dont try to notice “flaws” and laugh your @§$ off!!!! happy veiwing

On Aug.30.2008 at 03:38 AM
Jackass Master’s comment is:

This movie was hilarious. President "Camacho" was just perfect. "Beef Supreme", in rehabilitation was also fantastic. The best thing about this movie was the technology - its funny because in this future, we managed to develop the machines to automate so much of our daily routines - as always depicted in futuristic movies. Only in other movies, the technology is always flawless. Here, we have these technologies - but they are poorly designed, and dont work properly. Watch for the two machine guns when Luke escapes from jail - one shoots the other right off the wall. Ive never seen this before in any futuristic movie.

On Sep.02.2008 at 11:21 AM
TJ’s comment is:

This movie was awesome. I've seen everything sucky to good, and this movie was brilliant!

On Sep.13.2008 at 03:42 PM
Rob’s comment is:

As soon as John McCain announced Sarah Palin as his running mate I thought of this movie, what with the visuals of a lipstick-on-a-pitbull-wearing, moose-killing-field-dressing, hockey-mom-PTA-Guvnah married to a man she affectionately refers to as "First Dude". Wow, talk about the rise and fall of modern civilization. If Palin becomes VP we can officially begin stocking up for Armageddon.

On Sep.20.2008 at 04:13 AM
Hank Hill(Strickland Oropane and Propane Accessories)’s comment is:

Looks like society is going down the pooper,I tell you what.

On Sep.28.2008 at 07:47 AM
Eddy Soto’s comment is:

I'm a big fan of this movie!

Anyone have a fan group website or something I can join.

Thanks

eddysoto_at_gmail

On Oct.17.2008 at 12:42 PM