American comedy film directed by Mike Judge. It stars Luke Wilson and Maya Rudolph. A dark comedy, it features an "Average Joe" and a prostitute subjected to a United States military experiment in hibernation, from which they are to awaken in one year. However, they are forgotten and instead emerge 500 years later in a country where dysgenics and cultural anti-intellectualism have resulted in a uniformly stupid United States, called "Uhh-merica."
Featuring a seasoned cast, a script by award-winning writers Judge and Cohen, and extensive use of CGI special effects, the film was highly anticipated by fans and industry writers. But it was not available for preview by critics, its much-delayed release received no publicity, and it was finally seen in only a small number of theaters. As a result, widespread conjecture arose of deliberate suppression by the studio, for suspected reasons which remain (to date) unconfirmed.
Despite these troubles, the film received largely favorable reviews by critics and viewers. Praise focused on concept, casting, and humor, while some special effects and pacing problems, and the film's release issues received the worst of the criticism.