For Mike Judge’s first movie since 1999’s neoclassic Office Space, the man who created Beavis and Butt-head returns to a topic that he knows intimately: dumb-asses. Idiocracy stars Luke Wilson as a soldier chosen for a hibernation experiment that goes wrong — instead of 12 months, he wakes up 500 years later to find that ”the future has gotten so dumbed-down that he’s actually the smartest person in the world,” explains Judge.
The idea actually dates back to Judge’s B&B years, though he didn’t start a draft until 2001, and then put it aside. Meanwhile, red Swingline staplers became the cubicle accessory of choice. ”Over the years a lot of people have told me that they like Office Space,” says Judge. ”They kept asking, ‘When are you going to make a movie again?”’ That inspired the Texan to return to the sci-fi comedy, which has a typically Judge-mental mix of blunt social commentary and full-on stupidity. How dumb, you ask? Well, America’s President Camacho dresses like a wrestler, while the nation suffers from a massive drought due to salt in the soil caused by watering fields with Gatorade-style drinks.
”This movie is pushing it,” says Wilson. ”[Judge] has never given up his sense of humor from when he was a kid.” And that’s a good thing, m’kay?