wombat_socho (wombat_socho) wrote,

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"The Marching Morons" makes the big screen - for about a week.

Dropped by Chez stuckintraffik last night to pick up my two-wheeler and was treated to a movie I don't even remember hearing about when it was released - probably because Fox spent absolutely nothing on advertising, not even sending posters to the handful of theaters that actually showed it. The movie was Idiocracy, produced by Mike Judge, the fellow who gave us Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill, and Office Space, and it's an interesting mix of all three, really.

The basic premise is similar to Kornbluth's classic story, except the average Joe protagonist wakes up in a world that's completely inhabited by dumb white trash and their black/Latino/Asian counterparts. No secret cabal of inbred scientist/engineers running the world here. He winds up being tasked to save America's dying food crops, fix the economy, and deal with the mountains of garbage that threaten to inundate the cities, precisely because after five centuries of devolution, he's the smartest man in America. It's funny and sad by turns, watching him try to cope with a country that's been dumbed down to the point of nearly-complete dysfunction - you wonder who, if anyone, is fixing things when they break or get shot up by the insanely trigger-happy police.

There's not a lot of deep philosophy in this movie, but despite that it'll make you think a little bit; it also has a happier ending than Kornbluth's story, which is another plus. It's available on DVD, and you really ought to check it out.

Disturbingly enough, on the way in to work on the 535, the back passenger-side corner of the bus was occupied by an overweight couple who sounded like they'd been extras in the movie, only without the brightly colored, logo-adorned clothes.
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