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The coveted “direct-to-video” stamp is given only to a handful of films every year. Usually they are sequels to box office hits with plots that shame and undermine their predecessors. “American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile,” “Bring It On: All or Nothing,” “Home Alone 4,” “The Cutting Edge: Going For the Gold,” etc. Unfortunately, Mike Judge’s “Idiocracy” has no commendable precursor on which to be based. I had high hopes from Judge (creator of “Office Space”). Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolf, DAX! So far it’s brilliant. The story follows Wilson, a deadbeat army boy who is recruited for a top-secret “hibernation” experiment. He is paired with a hooker (Rudolf) to be frozen for one year. Well, after a series of unfortunate events the experiment is forgotten, and the pair does not emerge for 500 years. By 2505, the world has gotten dumber and dumber over the last few centuries and is populated by a bunch of moronic blundering consumers. It is also a world where Luke Wilson is the smartest person on the planet. This is about 25 minutes in; so far, it has the makings of a cult classic. Unfortunately, the next hour is literally the same dumb joke being played out over and over. The cast gives some of their worst comedic performances, and the familiar “Pluto Nash” style production design doesn’t help either. If your heart is set on seeing this one, I would wait till it hits the $4.99 bin at Wal-Mart.