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MercutioATC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-01-08 11:39 PM
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20. It was filmed as political satire...and it does it well.
The backstory is great...

Mike Judge, the guy who did Office Space, wrote and directed it. With Office Space's cult following, Idiocracy should have been a shoo-in for decent box-office sales.

Depending on the rumor you listen to, either Judge got into a fight with the studio or the movie just offended too many big companies (CostCo, Starbucks (we don't have time for a handjob), Fuddruckers) and the studio cut off funding before postproduction was done. Judge had friends finish editing and the studio honored the absolute minimum requirements by contract...it was released in something like 22 theatres...all in the desert southwest...with zero promotion by the studio.

I think it's brilliance is in its spooky possibility. It's a modern comedic 1984.



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