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Rated R · 84 minutes · 2006

Luke Wilson stars as a Pentagon guinea pig who's put in suspended animation for 500 years and wakes to a United States so dumbed down the president is a former wrestler and porn star, the citizens get their news from Hot Naked Chicks & World Report, and the most popular TV show is aptly titled Ow! My Balls. Written and directed by Mike Judge—whose Office Space was one of the sharpest comedies of the 90s—this 2006 feature inverts the premise of Mark Twain's similarly misanthropic A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, making its hero the smartest man on earth by casting him into the future rather than the past. Yet Judge races through some of his most provocative ideas in the opening minutes and ignores his story's many logical inconsistencies; the movie is bracing for its bile but ultimately more frustrating than funny. With Maya Rudolph and Dax Shepard.
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