Friday, March 23, 2007

The funniest movie you've never heard of


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Luke Wilson (the non-blond Wilson) is a slacker army guy who gets roped into an experiment to put a person into suspended animation for a year. Things go wrong and he wakes up 500 year later when "Uhh-merica" has gone to shit. The English language has devolved into a mix of ghetto/street/redneck/mumble. The top show on television is now "Ow! My Balls!", in which the main character gets repeatedly whacked in the balls in various ways. Costco is the size of a city (and offers law degrees). Patterns on cloting are nothing more than a mish-mash of dozens of corporate logos. Water has been replaced by a GaitorAid-like green drink ("With electolytes!"). And people have worked sponsorship into their names (i.e. "Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho"). In the movie, after testing, it's discovered that our hero, the 21th century slacker is now the smartest man in the world.

While the movie is laugh-out-loud funny (in a crude, low-brow kinda way), it's also a little disturbing. You can plainly see that it is exactly where we're heading as a society. It's just a matter of time.

Written/directed by Mike Judge (the man behind the classic "Office Space"), it's easy to see why this movie didn't get much press when it was in theaters. (It was in theaters...wasn't it? I think it actually had about a 2-week run before being swept under the corporate rug). Judge holds back little as he skewers Costco, Carl's Jr., GaitorAid and others.

Highly recommended viewing. Destined to be a cult classic (much as Office Space has become). Rent it, buy it, borrow it. Just see it.