IDIOCRACY
2006, 20th Century Fox, 84 min, Dir: Mike Judge

Mike Judge’s ahead-of-its-time sci-fi comedy predicts a time in which our collective intelligence has dropped so low that it threatens to destroy the world. When average guy Luke Wilson, sent into hibernation 500 years earlier, awakes into this brave new world, America is run by a corrupt, sociopathic former pro-wrestler with severe anger management issues, and the most popular entertainment in the land is a YouTube-esque video playlist called “Ow My Balls.”


RIDE
2014, Screen Media Films, 93 min, USA, Dir: Helen Hunt

I made this movie for mothers, sons, fathers, daughters, surfers and people who fall apart and come back together,” notes writer-producer-director Helen Hunt of her new comedy, in which she stars as Jackie, a New Yorker editor who follows her son (Brenton Thwaites) to Los Angeles after he drops out of college to become a surfer. Luke Wilson costars as a surf instructor who hits it off with Jackie.


BOTTLE ROCKET
1996, Sony Repertory, 91 min, USA, Dir: Wes Anderson

The movie that introduced Wes Anderson and the Wilson brothers (Owen and Luke) to the world is a sweet, hilarious combination of coming-of-age tale and heist movie. Owen plays a persistently optimistic slacker whose dreams of a big score don't quite mesh with his lack of aptitude for crime and, in the role of elder statesman, James Caan plays the mob boss with whom Wilson and his friends collide.


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