Could you ever envision a time in which an unqualified, temperamental President and his inept cabinet “lead” an advertising-laden nation, whose listless populace derives entertainment from watching people injure each other on television? Mike Judge certainly could, as evidenced in his 2006 cult comedy hit, Idiocracy. In the years since the film’s release, Idocracy went from being the writer and director’s exaggerated satirical view of what society might be like 500 years in the future to a hauntingly accurate portrayal of what life is like today. Sometimes the similarities between Idiocracy and reality are so close that you have to laugh, which is exactly what we’ll do when we screen the film on Election Night.
Join us at Avalon Theater on Tuesday, November 6 for an extra special Election Night screening of the underappreciated comedy-turned-documentary. The Judge-directed feature stars Luke Wilson as an “average American,” who wakes up in the year 2,505 as a result of a military experiment mishap. As he navigates his way through the dumb new world, he encounters a zany cast of characters and soon realizes he’s now the smartest man in the world. The film also features Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, Justin Long, Stephen Root, and an unforgettable performance by Terry Crews.
Tickets to the 7 p.m. screening cost $5. There’s also a $10 “Thirst Mutilator” package that includes a movie ticket, a Milwaukee Record flag sticker, and a pint of a limited “Brawndo” beer variant that Lakefront Brewery will make for the occasion. It’s got what plants crave! Whether you’re celebrating your preferred candidate’s victory or mourning society’s continued descent, you won’t want to miss this Election Night screening. And besides, you can always record Ow My Balls! to watch later.