Riding Muni through the Castro, Mission, and Haight today I saw a five-year-old with grills; an old man wearing lime green pants, lime green sun glasses, a shiny silver shirt, and a lime green bandana around his neck; a bum singing the national anthem; and about a million tourists. There’s so much to see here, but do you really want to see all of it? (I submit that you do want to see the well-dressed elderly gentleman and the bum).
At any rate, it was a perfect time to travel through the city, as I just watched Idiocracy last night. A movie by Mike Judge that really went under the radar due to poor marketing (a really stupid dvd cover) and a small release. The film features Luke Wilson at his handsomist frozen by the military and unfrozen 500 years later. Here he finds that stupid people have been breeding while intelligent people die out and he’s the smartest person in the world. He then must convince the people that you have to water crops with water instead of gatorade to get them to grow and thus becomes president of the United States.
Though not a cinematic masterpiece, Idiocracy does ring true on many levels. The Washington D.C. of 2505 looks a lot like Haight Street except even dirtier and minus the hipsters. Everyone talks like the dude next to me on the bus who was having a very loud and involved conversation about the differences between being with someone and being with someone, or, in other words, hugging someone, or hugging up with someone. And a place called Buttfuckers (the evolution of Fuddruckers…can’t wait for the google searches for this one!) has more patrons than The Pork Store (I actually really like the Pork Store, it’s just an awful, gimmicky name).
The satire is thick and the jokes are aplenty, but Idiocracy starts to go downhill fast when it tries to go plot-heavy, putting Luke Wilson (accidentally named Not Sure to the people of 2505) in pretty boring, Running Man-like situations he has to get out of, and forcing a love story. So while the set-up is hilarious, and the movie is definitely worth checking out, it unfortunately becomes pretty forgettable by the end.