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The Terrifying Prescience (and Enduring Power) of Mike Judge’s Idiocracy

As Robert Altman once said of his movie MASH, Mike Judge’s Idiocracy wasn’t released; it escaped. In September of 2006, 20th Century Fox opened the movie, Judge’s first since his cult hit, Office Space, in a scant seven cities in North America, including Los Angeles and Chicago but not New York. (I saw it in Toronto, in an opening-night crowd of eight people.) There were no screenings for critics, no publicity campaign, no interviews with Judge or stars Luke Wilson or Maya Rudolph, nor any comment from Fox on the movie’s bizarre treatment, but the studio’s approach went beyond apathy into outright vindictiveness.
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