People’s eyes are always glued to some vapid entertainment. High-level government officials do things that would be charitably described as “careless” but more accurately termed “fucking dumb.” Most Americans make decisions on gut instinct, giant corporations destroy the environment, advertising rules the airwaves and the nation seems to be on the brink of disaster. Does any of this sound familiar?
“Idiocracy,” the 2006 cult classic comedy from Mike Judge and Etan Cohen, stars Luke Wilson as Joe, an average guy frozen in a cryogenics experiment who wakes up in the year 2505, where he is apparently the smartest man alive. Along with Rita (Maya Rudolph) and Frito (Dax Shepard), Joe must use his comparatively super intelligence to get to the bottom of why crops have started to fail in 26th century America. (Who knew that watering plants with energy drinks was a bad idea?) But Joe also has to be careful not to get on the bad side of President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho (Terry Crews), a former pro wrestler who makes clear that if Joe can’t fix the crop problem, he’s in for serious trouble.
Because the film feels so resonant today, Art House Convergent Theaters, the League of Women Voters and Alamo Drafthouse theaters have decided to bring “Idiocracy” back to theaters for one night on Oct. 4. If you never got to see the movie in theaters during its initial run, see if there are any participating theaters near you so you can catch a screening. It’s got electrolytes!