Underappreciated at the time of its release in 2006, Mike Judge’s Idiocracy has grown into a cult hit thanks to its prescient writing and relatable characters. I recently re-watched the satirical comedy to see just how close we’ve come to peak Idiocracy in contemporary times, with surprising results: some prognostications have come true much sooner than expected while others look unbelievably quaint compared with today’s new norms. With the current political season in America acting as a springboard for all things Idiocracy, it’s no surprise that the film might be reappearing in a big way for its 10th anniversary.
While speaking with Maya Rudolph for her role as Matilda in Sony’s Angry Birds, the topic of conversation inevitably turned to Idiocracy. Consider me delighted and surprised when Rudolph mentioned that she and Judge had been considering a road trip roll-out of Idiocracy for the film’s anniversary, complete with post-screening Q&As. Nothing has been confirmed just yet as the potential event is still in early planning stages, but your enthusiasm for the idea could go a long way toward convincing the powers that be to make it happen!
Check out what Rudolph had to say about Idiocracy and the possible tour, and be sure to check back for more with Rudolph for her upcoming movie Angry Birds:
How often do you get asked about Idiocracy these days?
MAYA RUDOLPH: Every time Donald Drumpf opens his mouth, pretty much. I saw Mike Judge recently, who I hadn’t seen in many, many years, and I said to him, “I can’t believe…”
Because the movie was never properly released, it became a kind of cult favorite and over the years I noticed people must have seen it because people would approach me and say, “Oh my god, Idiocracy! That’s so great!” It was so many years later. But recently, it’s been nonstop. And it’s so crazy.
I said, “We should do a road trip or something and then show the movie and talk about it on the anniversary of it.” When we were making the movie, it was so well-written and so sharp and so funny, but it felt like it was so far away. And…
It’s not so much.
RUDOLPH: It’s terrifying. I thought I would be an old granny.
I’d love to watch a road show though.
RUDOLPH: We’re working it out, we’re figuring it out. We’d better hurry up on it though.
Would you like to see Idiocracy return to select theaters in a road trip Q&A format? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!
Update: Here’s a look at the special 10th anniversary cast and filmmaker reunion screening of Idiocracy at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, CA with concurrent nationwide screenings and a worldwide livestream Q&A:
The Alamo Drafthouse, along with the network of Art House Convergence Theaters and local League of Women Voters chapters, want to invite everyone to revisit and rediscover IDIOCRACY on the eve of the 2016 presidential election. In attendance at the event will be director and writer Mike Judge and star Maya Rudolph.
Members of the cast and crew of IDIOCRACY will be live in person at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica at 6:45pm on October 4th for a screening of the film and a post-movie conversation.
Concurrent IDIOCRACY screenings will also take place at Alamo Drafthouse locations and Art House Convergence theaters across the country and the post-movie conversation will be live-streamed to those audiences.
For those that can’t make it to an Alamo Drafthouse or Art House Convergence theater, fear not, you can still join in the fun. Watch the film from your own DVD, from Amazon, iTunes or the platform of your choice. Press play exactly at 7:00pm Pacific Standard Time, and then tune into Facebook Live from facebook.com/alamodrafthouse for the post-movie conversation at 8:25pm PST.
Questions will be taken from the live audience in Santa Monica, but also from the live-stream and Facebook Live audiences via Twitter using the hashtag #IdiocracyToday.
A complete list of participating theaters will be updated at drafthouse.com/idiocracy, so check back there if your city isn’t located below: