Totally out of left field — one of my favorite comedies ever is a cult flick by Mike Judge called Idiocracy. It’s cynical and dark, but absolutely hilarious in my opinion.
Brief synopsis — Average folks Luke Wilson and Maya Rudolph sign up for a military hibernation experiment, and wake up 500 years in the future. Mankind has become increasingly stupid with the passage of time, people wear clothes covered in advertising logos, the hottest show on television is called “Ow, My Balls,” the anchor of Fox News is a shirtless bodybuilder, and you can get a law degree at Costco (where the door greeter repeatedly says, “welcome to Costco. I love you.)
I was totally reminded of Idiocracy when I saw the ad for VH1’s new reality series, I Love Money, which has combined the rejects from Flavor of Love, Rock of Love, and I Love New York, and allowed them to compete for a a $250,000 grand prize. That’s right — it’s Pumkin vs. Whiteboy, Midget Mac vs. Heather in a race to the bottom. What will they think we’ll watch next?
Why did I have an Idiocracy flashback? Simply because the title of this new reality show is almost exactly what Dax Shepherd’s hare-brained lawyer repeatedly says throughout the movie. “… I like money,” and that made me LOL. And also, I think this show is the embodiment of what Idiocracy was about. Shed a tear for the dumbing down of society, and click here to enjoy a compilation clip of some of the funniest scenes from Idiocracy. One caveat — it’s dark, has chock-a-block cursing and adults-only humor, and is not the kind of thing I’d normally post on Afrobella. But if you’re a little left of center, and enjoy underrated not-for-everyone comedies, you’ll probably enjoy it.
For the record, Pooty Tang is also one of my favorite comedies. This all probably reveals something about me, but I’m not sure exactly what.