Nowadays, it's hard to find a newer movie that could be called a cult classic. Typically speaking, movies like this are memorable in more ways than one. A cult classic is a film that not everyone has seen, but most people have at least heard about it.
The 80's and 90's were both filled with notable films that fit this description, but the past decade has found cult films relatively sparse in comparison. With that in mind, I intend make the case that Idiocracy is most definitely one of the few notable cult classics of the modern era in my Idiocracy Movie Review. While the movie has reached quite a large audience,it just isn't as well known as some popular Hollywood hits. That being said, you'll find that most people have at least heard of the movie.
With films like Back to the Future setting the precedent for the nostalgia movement, modern audiences have become infatuated with films that deal with future dystopian and utopian societies. As such, a movie like Idiocracy has a leg up on other films when it comes to appealing to a wide audience. Still, the adult nature of the humor used in the film tends to keep certain audiences from seeing the film. This is nothing new for a cult classic, as they often appeal mainly to one demographic in general. Hell, that's why they call them "cult" films.
As a film which plays with nostalgia quite a bit, Idiocracy features plenty of memorable moments that just beg to be quoted. Typically, cult films like this tend to be very quotable with several witty and hilarious lines of dialogue. This is yet another trait which the movie shares in common with cult classics. At first glance you might not think of it that way, but it definitely has the look and feel of a cult classic. Needless to say, if you haven't seen this movie, you should definitely check it out.
Idiocracy is just one of those culturally significant movies that everyone should see at least once. This movie doesn't see a dystopian future the same way that other time travel films do. Rather, it suggests that instead of our intelligence being our downfall, we will only become less and less intelligent over time. Who doesn't have the feeling sometimes that the human race is just filled with mindless morons and the future is designated for them? Hell, politicians use this guise as a fear tactic to sway other politicians towards their cause. This is a movie which speaks to all audiences, but because it is formatted more towards certain demographics, it remains relatively unknown to most viewers.
So maybe this isn't the same style of cult classic as most of us are familiar with, but I'd have to say that it is definitely what I would consider a modern example of this type of film. There are too many similarities to ignore for me to consider this to be anything less.