Wednesday, June 13, 2007


Just got done chatting with my pal DGA over in Brussels, who was amazed at a new TV show from the US that's now being shown in Belgium: Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?. The few minutes that he saw, he witnessed an adult have to ask a third-grader for help on naming the country that's directly north of the United States. I mourn for our nation.

That's when I thought of Mike Judge's movie from last year -- Idiocracy -- which didn't get much of a release but is now on DVD. Here's the basic gist of the flick:
Joe Bauers, an Army librarian, is judged to be absolutely average in every regard, has no relatives, has no future, so he's chosen to be one of the two test subjects in a top-secret hibernation program. He and hooker Rita were to awaken in one year, but things go wrong and they wake up instead in 2505. By this time, stupid people have outbred intelligent people; the world is (barely) run by morons--and Joe and Rita are the smartest people in America.
I hear it's not completely successful, but that it does have its moments. The set-up for the first two minutes is priceless.