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-> ''"As Joe and Rita lay dormant, the years passed and mankind became stupider at a frightening rate. Some had high hopes that genetic engineering would correct this trend in evolution, but sadly the greatest minds and resources were focused on conquering hair loss and prolonging erections."''
-->-- '''Narrator'''

A comedy by Creator/MikeJudge, starring Luke Wilson as Joe Bauers, a [[TheEveryman totally average]] soldier who is volunteered for a suspended animation experiment, along with a hooker named Rita (played by Creator/MayaRudolph), who refers to herself as a painter and refers to her pimp, Upgrayedd, as her "boyfriend/manager". The experiment is supposed to run for only a year, but they wind up forgotten for five hundred years. When they finally emerge, they discover that due to 500 years of the dumb outbreeding the intelligent and world culture gradually dumbing down to the LowestCommonDenominator, society has become very crude and very dumb. Joe and Rita are now by far the smartest people around, and the world's looking at them to solve some very serious problems.

The film wasn't granted a wide theatrical release, and as such did not do well in theaters. Since its DVD release, however, the film has become a CultClassic.
!!''Idiocracy'' provides examples of the following EXTRA BIG ASS TROPES:

* AccidentalMisnaming: Joe says "I'm not sure if..." to a machine, which proceeds to assume his name is literally 'Not Sure' and tattoo this name on his arm. Everyone calls him 'Not Sure' for the rest of the movie.
-->'''Secret Service Agent''': That's ''Secretary'' Not Sure to you, ma'am!
* AdvertOverloadedFuture: See ProductPlacement.
* AluminumChristmasTrees:
** ''Ass'', a film which was nothing but a close-up of someone's ass? That sounds too ridiculous to be true—[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0244835/ oh, wait...]] By Creator/AndyWarhol, no less.
*** The real ridiculous part is that it was a big commercial hit and that, "It won eight Oscars that year, including Best Screenplay."
** There wouldn't actually be a former pro-Wrestling superstar elected President of the United States now, would there? Turns out there was, and he's [[http://nwhof.org/stillwater/hall-of-fame/#type=hof&honoree=129 exactly who you'd probably guess it would be]].
* AntiIntellectualism: Permeates the culture of the 2500s. Anyone who shows any kind of intelligence is derided as a "fag".
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "The economy was in a state of deep neglect. A great dust bowl had ravaged food supplies. And the number-one movie in the country was called ''Ass''."
** In court, Frito objects that Joe's pod broke his window, that he won't be able to pay his lawyer fees, and most of all, that he interrupted him while he was watching "Ow My Balls!" [[AndThatsTerrible That is NOT okay!]]
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: In-universe: Plants do not crave Brawndo. See SaltTheEarth below for why.
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: See JugglingLoadedGuns entry.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory[=/=]FutureImperfect: PlayedForLaughs, with the time tunnel showing [[ThoseWackyNazis the Nazis]] had [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaurs]] and were [[Film/TheGreatDictator led by]] Creator/CharlieChaplin.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho, porn superstar and five-time Ultimate Smackdown wrestling champion!
* {{Autodoc}}: There are semiautomatic medical stations; the probes have to be inserted by person. BrainBleach happens when that person gets confused on which probes should be used on which hole …
** Especially disgusting since [[spoiler: the previous patient was diagnosed with Hepatitis and the probes didn't seem to get disinfected between uses...]]
** … leading to enormous risks of misdiagnosing each new patient, what with all the bacteria and germs from different patients mixing on ''the same probes''. Like sharing needles, only grosser.
* BadFuture: And ''how''. Everyone is a complete idiot and there are mountains of trash everywhere.
* BerserkButton: Do NOT interrupt Frito while he's watching ''Ow My Balls!'' That is NOT OK!
* BigOMG: Joe's reaction when he finally realizes how long he has been hibernated.
* BilingualBonus:
** Frito Pendejo. [[spoiler: In Spanish, Frito means fried, and 'Pendejo' is roughly the equivalent to 'dumbass' in English.]]
** The main character's name is Joe Bauers, who is made the Secretary of the Interior, charged with trying to solve the issue of crops not growing in the future. "Bauer" is the German word for "farmer".
** Starbucks is advertising erotic Latte. "Latte" in German means "erection".
* BittersweetEnding: It turns out that [[spoiler: the 'Time Masheen' was merely a theme park ride]] and therefore Joe and Rita [[spoiler: are stuck in the year 2505]]. However, Joe [[spoiler: climbs the ranks in politics, eventually becoming the President of the United States, and marrying Rita, with whom he has three children]]. In the "House of Representin'", Joe [[spoiler: makes a passionate plea for people to stop viewing being stupid as the norm and as cool, and it appears the society is on its way to betterment, even though stupid people are still having too many children.]]
* BlackComedyRape: The Cabinet is not-at-all subtle about how they will treat Rita if Joe stops vouching for her.
* BloodSport: "Rehabilitation", [[spoiler: in which the one being rehabilitated will actually be killed by two monster trucks]].
* BoxedCrook: Convicts are given an IQ test and put to work, which is how Joe, with his whopping 100 IQ points, becomes Secretary of the Interior.
** 100 is the most common IQ point score and the exact halfway point between the most and least inteligent.
* BrickJoke: [[spoiler: After Joe spends the whole movie calming Rita down and finally convinces her that she is safe from Upgrayedd, he appears in a third pod at the end.]]
%%* ButtMonkey: Not Sure.
%%* TheChewToy: The ''Ow My Balls!'' guy.
* AChildShallLeadThem: The Secretary of Energy looked like about thirteen, drinks heavily, and had gotten the job by winning an unspecified contest. Not that he seemed any less capable than any other Cabinet member …
%%* ColdSleepColdFuture
* CompensatingForSomething: The monster trucks in ''Monday Night Rehabilitation''—the Dildozer and the Ass-Blaster.
* CrapsackWorld: ''Idiocracy'' depicts the future America as a horrifically dirty and overcrowded wasteland where humanity is crude, impossibly dumb, and hostile. In addition, America is suffering from dustbowls and starvation (due to crops being irrigated by a sports drink brand, killing them off and [[SaltTheEarth salting the earth]]), and the economy is in a terrible state, with RidiculousFutureInflation being displayed in full effect.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Devolved into the word "batin'" and given its own channel on television. It doesn't seem to carry ''quite'' the same connotations, though.
* DelusionsOfEloquence: Everyone except Joe and Rita. Especially the police—the only long words they don't mangle is "particular individual," and only then because they use that phrase every time they refer to any person.
* DesignStudentsOrgasm: Everything in the future has a very bright and overproduced 'food court aesthetic.'
* TheDitz: A whole society comprised of these.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Frito and the cameraman forget to film the plants because a nearby Starbucks is having a handjob sale.
* DividedStatesOfAmerica: The American flag has only twenty-five stars on it, so it's possible half the states have seceded. On the other hand, there are only eleven stripes, so it's possible it has simply been forgotten what the stars and stripes are supposed to represent. Or that nobody can count that high anymore.
* DuctTapeForEverything: Rather than actually repair dilapidated buildings, people simply use tons and tons of duct tape to hold them together.
* EntendreFailure: See ThisAndThat below.
* TheEveryman: Invoked; Joe and Rita are specifically chosen for the experiment because they're completely average in every regard...but are nonetheless considered geniuses by the standards of the future.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: The [[spoiler: Time Masheen ride]] features an interpretation of the events of WWII and the years following. It involves model dinosaurs wearing swastikas.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: A hilarious ShowWithinAShow example. The narrator mentions that the year's biggest blockbuster movie was ''Ass''. "… and that's all it was, for ninety minutes." Yeah, what he said. "It won [[TakeThat eight Oscars that year, including one for 'Best Screenplay']]."
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: The first thing the President says to the 'smartest man in the world' is "I thought [[MyBrainIsBig your head would be bigger]]."
* ExtyYearsFromNow: Joe and Rita are frozen in 2005 and thawed in 2505.
* FallenStatesOfAmerica: Played for laughs. Then again, the rest of the world is implied to be just as bad.
* FanserviceWithASmile: Everywhere in the future, even the news anchors are barely dressed and highly attractive.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Joe and Rita are from 2005 and see how drastically the future has changed 500 years from then.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: specifically the pictures of President Camacho in the White House. But throughout the movie you can see people doing stupid things in the background.
* FreezeFrameBonus: The very small Surgeon General's warning seen on the Tarrylton's Cigarettes billboard reads: "Warning: The Surgeon General has one lung and a voicebox but he could still kick your sorry ass", ComicallyMissingThePoint on what constitutes a warning in that context.
** When Joe is being apprehended by the police in Costco, the background screens display why he is wanted: "For being a dick," "For excaping from jail" and "For fucking up lots of shit."
* FreudWasRight: [[invoked]] In the BloodSport example above, all the monster trucks are equipped with huge weapons that are obviously phallic in design and name. Joe's little car has a rubber, flaccid penis on the hood.
%%* FutureImperfect: [[spoiler:The Time Masheen.]]
* GiganticGulp: All drink cups in the future are super-sized mugs with bendy straws.
* GroinAttack: The ShowWithinAShow ''[[OwMyBodyPart Ow, My Balls!]]'' is one GroinAttack after another. The unfortunate star of the show suffers such 'tributes' from his fans at public appearances as well.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: Joe gets sent to prison, but immediately talks his way out by convincing them he should be in the line to be released. {{Justified|Trope}} because, well, they're all idiots. (They wise up the second time he's incarcerated and chain him to a boulder.)
* HellholePrison: The House of Particular Individuals. Though we don't get to see much of it, it appears to be a disgusting and overcrowded facility where the average inmates are starving and are abused by the fatter inmates, who sit on them.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Joe, until Rita and Frito prove that his idea of putting water on crops does in fact work.
%%* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Rita.
* HotScoop: A bit of TruthInTelevision there. Ever see what [[BlondeRepublicanSexKitten the female anchors on Fox News and CNN look like?]] Although in ''Idiocracy'', the ''male'' anchor is naked at least to the waist. This is also TruthInTelevision with Canada's Naked News. [[NotSafeForWork If you're not at work]], do a search for it. (Though not the field reporter, interestingly. And she's actually ''competent'', for that matter. How did that get through?) Also, the news anchors and the field reporter demonstrate a considerably better command of the English language than most of the population.
* HumanPopsicle: Joe and Rita [[spoiler:(and Upgrayedd)]] are put into stasis for 500 years (though they were only intended to be in stasis for one year).
* HumansAreMorons: The entire world population. Their vocabulary has devolved into profanities and crude humor, and have no reasonable system of government.
* IChooseToStay: Rita. Subverted (and mandated) when [[spoiler: it turns out the 'Time Masheen' they were looking for is just a cheesy theme-park ride.]]
* InTheFutureWeStillHaveRoombas: A floor cleaning robot is shown repeatedly banging into a wall announcing "Your floor is now clean!" over and over. Given the putrid condition of the floor everywhere but where the robot is, it had been at this for a long time.
%%* InstitutionalApparel: The orange prison suit.
* IronicEcho: ''"Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way."''[[note]]Joe prefers to get out of the way.[[/note]]
* IWillShowYouX:
-->'''Joe''': Your Honor, I call for a mistrial.
-->'''Joe's Lawyer''': I'm gonna mistrial my foot up your ass, (if) you don't shut up.
* JugglingLoadedGuns: A bunch of cops are firing on the car Not Sure had just exited. One of them has a rocket launcher—which he [[HadTheSillyThingInReverse proceeds to fire backwards]]. A few seconds later, a 747 enters the shot going down in flames. Later in the film, the ''U.S. President'' [[NoisyShutUp quiets down]] a rowdy crowd in the House of Representin' by firing a light support weapon into the air. This is perfectly justified considering the movie is literally an IdiotPlot. Also, our introduction to the Secretary of Education has him absentmindedly resting a shotgun against his face.
* KangarooCourt: Joe's lawyer objects to things his own client did that are unrelated to the case and assumes Joe is guilty because ''the other lawyer said so''. The jury and judge consider it damning evidence of Joe's guilt.
* KavorkaMan: Clevon and his son in the prologue: two fat rednecks who nonetheless manage to father plenty of illegitimate children, contributing to humanity's devolution.
* LargeHam: President Camacho begins his speeches by showboating like a pro athlete and sounds like a televangelist when he starts half-singing them.
* TheLastStraw: A truck adds to a [[DownInTheDumps massive pile of garbage]]. It gets compressed, but stays intact; then a single can falls out of the truck, triggering an avalanche dozens of meters high.
* LawOfInverseFertility: The smart couple who keep putting off getting pregnant (eventually thwarted by Husband Existence Failure) vs. the idiot who doesn't care and winds up with about three dozen offspring by five to eight different women (and even more ''after'' a GroinAttack) in the prologue. [[spoiler: This continues after a fashion with Joe and Rita: They have three children of average intelligence—the three smartest kids on earth—while Frito has thirty of the dumbest kids on earth.]]
%%* MacGuffin: The Time Masheen.
* ManChild: Everyone Joe encounters in the future. They talk like middle schoolers, are obsessed with sex and profanity, and most of the buildings and machines have a plasticky Fisher-Price look.
* MeaningfulName: The average protagonist is named Joe.
** Also, Joe's new name that he's given in 2505, "Not Sure". He is the smartest man in the world by default because everyone else is so stupid, and humanity rests their hopes on him, even though he himself is 'not sure' of what exactly to do.
*** FridgeBrilliance if you consider the Bertrand Russell quote: "The fundamental cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt."
* MonumentalDamageResistance: Despite being implied that the rest of the world in 2505 is just as dumbed down and environmentally wrecked as United States, the Eiffel Tower (intact and in relatively perfect condition) is briefly shown in ''Ow! My Balls!''
** To the credit of the film, much of the backgrounds in the show (besides the constant testicular assault) could be faked for presentation sake.
%%* MundaneMadeAwesome: The commercials for Brawndo.
* {{Narrator}}: If you've ever seen a Coors Light beer commercial or NFL Films vignette in your life, the narrator might sound a ''little familiar'' …
* NewspaperDating: Joe finds out what year he's in this way, though he doesn't believe it at first.
%%* NormalFishInATinyPond: The film's premise.
* TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment: Joe is sentenced to one night of rehabilitation when [[spoiler: his decision to irrigate crops with water caused population riots after the price of the Brawndo Corporation's stock plummeted]]. It turns out that 'rehabilitation' is [[spoiler: a type of public execution modelled as a SquashMatch with HomicideMachines]].
%%* OddFriendship: Collins and Upgrayedd.
* OneNationUnderCopyright: It's mentioned Brawndo purchased the FDA and the FCC, and used their position to replace water with their product. If you look closely at the American flag, each of the stars is actually the logo of Carl's Jr. Also, the red stripes are actually red text reading, "The following companies are proud sponsors of the United States of Uhmerica. Carl's Jr., Costco, Cavalcade, Flaturin, Tarrlyton, Ronaise, Buttfuckers, Nastea, Bonerax, Brawndo, Acne Insurance." Possibly, these companies own parts of the U.S. government in the same way that Brawndo owns the FDA and FCC.
* OnlySaneMan: Not Sure, and by extension Rita [[spoiler: and Upgrayedd]].
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: Oh, how very different indeed. President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho is the five-time Ultimate Smackdown Wrestling champion, a porn superstar, speaks with as much profanity and insults as the average American, and is only ''slightly'' smarter than everybody else. This makes for an especially hilarious teleprompter crawl.
* OwMyBodyPart: ''Ow, My Balls!''
%%* ParodyOfEvolution: Box art.
%%* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: Collins.
* ProductPlacement: Unique in that it absolutely savages the brands that get placed.
** Carl's Jr. (the most common or popular portion size is 'Extra Big-Ass', such as their fries, and whose motto has devolved into "Fuck you, I'm eating!");
** Fuddruckers (shown devolving into…exactly what you think, but is actually one of the few businesses to keep their function as a burger place);
** Costco (grown to the size of a small city, with its own subway system and law school). "Welcome to Costco. I love you."
** Crocs shoes (for prisoners);
** Creator/FoxNewsChannel (which is still a news network, but having devolved into pure entertainment, with its newscasters dressed like porn stars);
** Starbucks, H&R Block, and several other places have become brothels.
** In fact, it seems that in the future, parents will name their kids after food companies: Joe's lawyer is Frito, the president's middle name is Mountain Dew, and there's even a reporter named Velveeta. And one named Formica. Essentially every named character from the future has some kind of ProductPlacement in their name.
** One Cabinet member constantly drops ad slogans into his normal conversation, because they pay him each time he says it.
*** Brought to you by Carl's Jr.
** Additionally, '''all''' clothes consist entirely of logos (usually foods).
** Then there are [[BlandNameProduct misspellings]], that seem to accumulate over time due to mankind getting stupider. To list them, they are Buttfuckers, Nas-Tea, Uhmerican Exxxpress and Str8ucks, along with some others.
* ReactiveContinuousScream: When Dr. Lexus realizes that Joe is an "unscannable", while Joe is freaking out about realizing how long he's been frozen.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Relative to the typical citizen of 2505, President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho is intelligent, eloquent, and unselfish. He sentences Joe to "rehabilitation" because he needs to quell the riots, but quickly pulls Joe out once it's revealed that the plan to restore the crops is succeeding.
* RidiculousFutureInflation: FridgeBrilliance that this probably happened, not as a side effect of poor economic management, but as an intentional choice so that everybody can be amazed at how they have millions of dollars.
** Plus the inflation is actually [[JustifiedTrope kind of reasonable]]. If the ten million dollar bills we see are the equivalent of single dollar bills at the time the movie came out, it comes down to about 3% inflation per year. Not bad for the world depicted in the movie. In the real world, somebody would probably at some point have introduced a new basic unit of currency worth x times the old one, but I doubt these people would ever get an idea like that.
* RidiculouslyAverageGuy: Joe was chosen for the Human Hibernation Project specifically because he is exactly this. Heavily {{lampshade|Hanging}}d, as Collins describes this fact as "remarkable," and proceeds to show a series of graphs, with Joe exactly at the midpoint in every one.
* RuleOfFunny: It is just ''not'' scientifically accurate (and if it were it would be advocating eugenics). It does not have to be. It is a comedy, and it is funny.
* RunningGag: "It's what plants crave!"
** Joe being completely oblivious to Rita's true profession and her real relationship with Upgrayedd.
** Joe being known as "Not Sure" for the rest of the movie after a mishap with the identity tattoo machine.
* SaltTheEarth: [[HanlonsRazor Not the result of malice, but stupidity]]. A Gatorade CaptainErsatz got a law passed at some point to make the farmers spray their crops with their sports drink, because it has "electrolytes," which is "what plants crave." For those not quite scientifically savvy enough to see the mistake, the electrolytes in sports drinks are salts dissolved in water. No-one in the movie, including Joe, knows what electrolytes are.
* ScannableMan: Joe is involuntarily tattooed with a bar code on his wrist.
%%* SceneryGorn: Played for laughs here.
* ShapedLikeItself: This brilliant exchange:
--> '''Not Sure''': Frito, do you know where the time machine is?\\
'''Frito Pendejo''': Yeah, it's... by the museum, you know... wait... it's... wait... it's down by the... you take a left... it's... wait... it's down by the, uh.... you know where the time machine is?
* ShareTheMalePain: A rare aversion, as the most popular TV show in the future involves a man being slammed in the crotch over and over.
* ShowWithinAShow: The aforementioned ''Ow, My Balls'' and ''Monday Night Rehabilitation'', and the multiple-UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-winning film (including Best Screenplay) '''''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Ass]]'''''.
* ShoutOut: The Attorney General's outfit looks suspiciously like Anime/CuteyHoney's.
* ShownTheirWork: Surprisingly for a film like this one, the Presidential RV has the number "28000", which is the real-life tail registration number of UsefulNotes/AirForceOne.
* SideEffectsInclude: Everyone claims "plants crave" the electrolytes in Brawndo, but they don't know what electrolytes actually ''are''. It's salt, which, as it turns out, [[SaltTheEarth is definitely not what plants crave]].
* TheSilentBob: Beef Supreme, one of the "corrections personnel" on ''Monday Night Rehabilitation''.
* TheStinger: After the credits there is a scene in which Upgrayedd arrives into the future to look for Rita.
* SureLetsGoWithThat: Rita's response when Joe takes her [[TheOldestProfession professional]] [[ThisAndThat euphemism]] at face value.
* SurroundedByIdiots: There's only one (intelligently) normal guy here. Care to find him?
* TakeThatAudience: The DVD menu gives the audience the same point of view as Frito, with the screen replaying ''Ow, My Balls!'' surrounded by tacky advertisements and options.
* TestosteronePoisoning: Brawndo, '''the Thirst Mutilator!''' "It's like a'' '''MONSTER TRUCK''' ''you can'' '''POUR''' ''into your'' '''FACE!'''" "It's got electrolytes! [[ArtisticLicenseBiology It's what plants crave!]]"
* ThereIsOnlyOneBed: Joe plans to sleep on the ground, until Rita offers to share the bed.
* ThisAndThat: A running gag is that [[IdiotBall Joe never catches on]] to Rita's inference when she uses this phrase.
* TooDumbToLive: Pretty much everyone, to the extent that FridgeLogic has you asking how they ''do''. Several scenes imply that the culture has been coasting on everyone's lifestyle being heavily automated.
** At the same time, several scenes also imply that they ''were'' about to starve to death (and maybe be buried in their own garbage) before Joe rescued them.
** Or maybe because humans are such {{Explosive Breeder}}s that the birth rate surpasses the 'death-by-stupidity' rate.
* TrashOfTheTitans: The Great Garbage Avalanche of 2505.
* UsedFuture: Since people are too stupid to maintain the buildings, they are all dirty and disheveled, and many are nearing collapse.
* UnusualEuphemism: Nearly every business will somehow become a brothel and use whatever product it was once known for as euphemisms. For example, Starbucks has 'lattes,' which are now handjobs.
** "Latte" is also German for "erection", making this BilingualBonus.
** "Hey! Wanna go 'Family-Style'?"
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Rita's pimp, Upgrayedd. [[spoiler: A post-credits stinger shows that Upgrayedd was put in stasis as well, and awakes to go and find Rita.]]
%%* WhatYearIsThis
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: The newscast describes Joe as saying this, presumably trying to tell the court that he's woken up from a centuries-long cryogenic sleep, but they just mock him.
-->'''Violence Channel correspondent [[ProductPlacement Formica]] Davis:''' Well it started off boring and slow, with Not Sure trying to bullshit everyone with a bunch of smart-talk! "Blah blah blah, you gotta belieeeve me!" That part of the trial ''sucked''!