Trivia / Idiocracy

  • Completely Different Title:
    • France: Planet Stupid
    • Croatia: Idiots of the Future
    • Portugal: Land of Idiots
  • Defictionalization: Not long after the movie was released, a real-life company started producing a "Brawndo" energy drink. AVClub did a taste test of it here.
  • Flip-Flop of God: Originally, the writers have stated multiple times that they did not intend to write Idiocracy as satire on the decreasing intelligence of mankindnote . Nearly 10 years after the film was released, the writers, as well as Mike Judge himself, changed their mind about that on Twitter after events leading to the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, such as the massive accidental poisoning of water and plants for money, the election of elitist Donald Trump, and general success of sharing half-truths among the population made them agree with the fans on how their movie actually is coming true.
  • Not Screened for Critics: As part of being Screwed by the Movie Studio; see below.
  • Production Posse: Mike Judge has a couple of Office Space holdovers in Idiocracy: Michael Bolton (not that Michael Bolton) is in President Camacho's cabinet, and Milton is a judge.
  • Real-Life Relative: Luke (Joe) and Andrew (Beef Supreme) Wilson.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The film was made in the immediate wake of Owen Wilson's suicide attempt from the stress of being a professional actor. His brother Andrew (Beef Supreme), who had helped talk him out of it, was angry at the Screen Actor's Guild for being directly responsible for his brother's depression, not to mention helping as little as possible in the aftermath. He only appeared in the movie because his other brother Luke twisted his arm about it, but refused to have any speaking lines, as doing so would have required him to get a SAG license.
  • Screwed by the Network: 20th Century Fox seemed to get antsy about the rampant corporation-skewering and wanted to shuffle Idiocracy off to the DVD racks as quickly and quietly as possible. However, the film's contract stipulated that this film would get a theatrical release... so it premiered in only a handful of theaters nationwide (Moviefone simply listed it as "Untitled Mike Judge Project"), with hardly any promotion at all, and was shown for only a week.
  • Special Effects Failure: Inevitable due to the limited budget. One scene that particularly sticks out is when they are walking through Costco, in the big room with the chairs. In part of the room toward the back, a plane has crashed through the ceiling, but it's VERY OBVIOUSLY a matte painting.
  • Working Title: Used both 3001 and The United States of Uhh-merica.
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