Mike Judge made a live action movie. He’s the guy who did Beavis and Butthead and King of the Hill. The movie takes place in the future. The protagonist wakes up years later after being in suspended animation. Humanity has devolved into a media heavy society of morons. As an example, to be a lawyer you have to have an IQ of at least 75, which is considered quite high. The protagonist is very average in IQ by our standards, so is regarded as a genius by those in the future. Mike Judge makes a number of good points. Not a great movie, but not bad, either, for what it’s supposed to be.
Just found it, called “Idiocracy”, 2006.
Private Joe Bauers, the definition of “average American”, is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes 500 years in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed-down that he’s easily the most intelligent person alive.
Idiocracy is a 2006 American film, a satirical science fiction comedy, directed by Mike Judge and starring Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, and Terry Crews. The film tells the story of two ordinary people who take part in a top-secret military hibernation experiment, only to awaken 500 years in the future in a dystopian society full of extremely dumb people. Advertising, commercialism, and cultural anti-intellectualism have run rampant and dysgenic pressure has resulted in a uniformly stupid society devoid of intellectual curiosity, social responsibility, and coherent notions of justice and human rights.
Despite its lack of a major theatrical release, the film has achieved a cult following.
Early working titles included The United States of Uhh-merica and 3001.
The film was not screened for critics. Lack of concrete information from Fox led to speculation that the distributor may have actively tried to keep the film from being seen by a large audience, while fulfilling a contractual obligation for theatrical release ahead of a DVD release, according to Ryan Pearson of the AP. That speculation was followed by open criticism of the studio’s lack of support from Ain’t It Cool News, TIME, and Esquire. TIME’s Joel Stein wrote “the film’s ads and trailers tested atrociously”, but, “still, abandoning Idiocracy seems particularly unjust, since Judge has made a lot of money for Fox.”
In The New York Times, Dan Mitchell argued that Fox might be shying away from the cautionary tale about low-intelligence dysgenics, because the company did not want to offend its viewers, noting that in the film, Starbucks delivers handjobs, and the motto of Carl’s Jr. has degenerated from “Don’t Bother Me. I’m Eating.” to “Fuck You! I’m Eating!”
You really should seriously read this entry on dysgenics on Wikipedia:
You should read all of it, but within that:
Cyril M. Kornbluth’s 1951 short story The Marching Morons is an example of dysgenic fiction, describing a man who accidentally ends up in the distant future to find out that dysgenics has resulted in mass stupidity. Mike Judge’s 2006 film Idiocracy has the same premise, with the main character the subject of a military hibernation experiment that goes awry, taking him 500 years into the future. While in the Kornbluth short story civilization is kept afloat by a small group of dedicated geniuses, their function has been replaced by automated systems in Idiocracy.