Director: Mike Judge
Writer(s): Mike Judge
Cast: Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, Terry Crews
The Athena presents Science on Screen: a series which pairs an expected film with a dynamic scientist to bring you enlightenment with your entertainment. We will be screening the satirical sci-fi comedy “Idiocracy” from director Mike Judge, the creator of King of the Hill and Beavis and Butt-Head, with guest presenter Dr. Molly R. Morris, from the department of Biological Sciences. We will explore how evolution by natural selection could produce a human race of idiots! The presentation will feature some of her current research on how mate preferences are important in evolution, as well as some hypotheses on why the human brain has been getting smaller over the past 20,000 years.
Private Joe Bowers (Wilson), the definition of “average American”, is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program, set 545 years in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed-down that he’s easily the most intelligent person alive.
“There’s a good chance that Judge’s smartly lowbrow Idiocracy will be mistaken for what it’s satirizing, but good satire always runs the risk — of being misunderestimated.”-The A.V. Club, Nathan Rabin
This event is FREE and open to the public. One night only.