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"The Future Is A No Brainer "Private Joe Bauers, the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes 500 years in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed-down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive.
A wonderful film - one of my favorites!
This movie is "the" stupid comedy of the year, and quite possibly the
best thing from Mike Judge since "Office Space". If you are a Mike
Judge fan, or enjoy shows like Futurama, then you are doing yourself a
grave disservice by skipping over this little known, limited release.
Although the DVD touts very few "bonus features", this film is
certainly funny enough to make up for it's perceived "lack of value".
This movie is about an army grunt by the name of Joe Bowers (played by
Luke Wilson) who is part of a top secret Army experiment designed to
preserve Army personnel in peace time so that they can be thawed in war
time to fight for our country. However, things take an interesting turn
as the general in charge of the operation is busted in a prostitution
ring and the experiment is all but forgotten. Bowers, and his sidekick
Rita (played by Maya Rudolph) both find themselves awake in the year
2505, where through the course of natural selection, the population of
America has grown increasingly stupid. Now Joe and Rita have to find
their way to a time machine to get back to the year 2005 with the help
of Frito (played by Dax Shepard).
What I really enjoyed about this movie was Mike Judge's comedic satire
on the course of US History over the last 50 years, and how mankind
progresses over the subsequent 500 years. This is most evidenced by the
advertising in the movie, which has become a staple of the American
culture. With shows like South Park in the mainstream media, it's easy
to see how conclusions could be drawn that in the future, profanity has
become a marketing tool. This is portrayed in the film humorously with
subtle things such as "Fudd-Ruckers" changing their name to
"Butt-F###ers", and a billboard which displays the advertisement "If
you don't smoke Tarryltons... F### You!". I also cannot stop laughing
at Carls Jr.'s role in this future, with their slogan "F### you... I'm
eating", and their automated kiosks self-advertising their "Extra
Big-A## Tacos". (with more molecules)! This film contained everything I
go to the movies for. Excellent, sharp, witty comedy, as well as an
engrossing plot make this DVD one for the ages. Be warned, however. If
you are not a fan of Mike Judge, did not care for "Beavis and
Butthead", or do not have a sense of humor, then this movie probably
isn't a good match for you. Otherwise, I would say this is probably the
funniest movie to come out of 2506... I mean 2006.
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