Neither the train wreck Twentieth-Century Fox believed it to be when the studio unceremoniously dumped it onto DVD after a miniscule theatrical release, nor the disrespected and misunderstood masterpiece many had hoped, Mike Judge’s Idiocracy instead turns out to be simply an intermittently amusing – and sometimes lazy – satire that plays like a so-so episode of Futurama. Commissioned to be test subjects in a government hibernation program that’ll last one year, über-average soldier Joe (Luke Wilson) and hooker Rita (Maya Rudolph) instead wake up 500 years in the future to find that, thanks to dumb people’s more vigorous breeding habits, the world has become entirely populated by Butthead-grade morons. Now the smartest person on Earth, Joe embarks on a series of misadventures while attempting to return to present-day 2005, along the way discovering that sports drinks have replaced water as the planetary drink of choice, entertainment has devolved into shows like “Ow, My Balls!”, and Starbucks is the nation’s premiere hand-job retailer. It’s a scenario intended to playfully eviscerate our passive acceptance of our current corporatized infotainment culture, with the film’s cheap production design and CG effects cannily mirroring the story’s crass setting (miles-wide Costco outlets, mountains of trash, former porn stars and wrestlers as president). Yet Judge’s general disinterest in structured narrative often leads to sloppiness, so that the film undercuts its own central critique by focusing too heavily on slapdash gags and not enough on the ways Big Box conglomerates and collective apathy affect (in this case, for the worst) the global population. Junk like Code Name: The Cleaner and Man of the Year may not be a far cry from Ass, the cinematic blockbuster (featuring nothing but a static shot of a naked behind) to which Idiocracy’s citizenry flock. But at least for now, many of us moviegoers still expect more than average scatological humor and slight political/cultural commentary from the guy who made Office Space.