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Extract
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Jan 8, 2010 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Mike Judge

Actors:
Jason Bateman
Mila Kunis Ben Affleck

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Joel is on the verge of selling his flavor extract company and retiring early, as long as he can survive an injured workerís pending lawsuit, his frigid wifeís attitude, and the temptations of a flirtatious new hire.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
With cult classics like OFFICE SPACE and vastly underrated IDIOCRACY under his belt, Mike Judge has emerged as one of Americaís greatest living satirists. (Itís even there in Beavis and Butthead. Seriously, go back and watch it and youíll find a surprisingly smart show amidst all the ďdumb.Ē) In EXTRACT, Judge heads back to the workplace with different, but still humorous results.

EXTRACT isnít uproariously funny upon first watch, but like Judgeís other films, its humor is less broad and builds upon itself with multiple viewings. Itís a simple story, as far as plot goes, thatís peppered with odd, memorable characters. Judgeís musings on blue collar life are both funny and spot on, pointing out subtle things or playing upon cultural archetypes like a talented comedian. The factory floor and the characters within may seem exaggerated, but much like cubicle life in OFFICE SPACE, anybody whoís been there knows just how well Judge nails it.

As he does with all his films, Judge puts together a great, albeit unique cast of comedic performers. We know Bateman can bring the funny thanks to ďArrested DevelopmentĒ so itís no surprise heís great here as the husband humorously struggling with his personal and professional life. His chemistry (or lack of it) with SNL star Kristen Wiig is also entertaining to watch and probably hits a bit close to home for most married couples. Mila Kunis looks great, but her role seems like hottie filler and isnít as fleshed out or significant as it should be. Thereís also the always amazing Clifton Collins Jr. as a testically challenged worker pondering a lawsuit and a dual attack of Simmonsóboth J.K. and Kiss frontman Gene (who almost steals the show as the ball-obsessed ambulance chaser). However, the comedic standout in EXTRACT is none other than Ben Affleck, whoís more bomb in this movie than in PHANTOMS, yo. His stoner bartender character Joel is catalyst to more than one bad idea and hilarious line and is living proof than Affleck needs to do more comedic roles outside of Kevin Smith movies.

If it seems like Iím just pointing out actors, itís because of just how much they bring to the movie. I love David Koechner as the annoying neighbor. I love Beth Grantís chatty racist factory worker. And I especially love Dustin Milliganís dumb teenage gigolo Brad. Thatís not to knock Judgeís script which seems low key but still sharp. Like OFFICE SPACE and Beavis and Butthead, itís the characters that resonate more than any of the single jokes.
THE EXTRAS
Seeing as how the movie didnít set the box office afire, I suppose we should be thankful we got any extras.

Mike Judgeís Secret Recipe: Ten minutes of the usual behind the scenes interviews and footage with the occasional worthwhile, wacky moment.

Deleted Scene: A shot bonus scene (under a minute) between Affleck and Bateman that doesnít add a whole lot.

Extended Scenes: Some extra footage, mostly between Affleck and Batemanís characters once again.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Itís not exactly a fall out of your seat comedy, but EXTRACT is still a humorous satire full of great characters on par with Mike Judgeís previous work. If you dug OFFICE SPACE or IDIOCRACY I donít see any reason why you shouldnít enjoy this one.

Extra Tidbit: Keep an eye out in the background of Deanís bar for a cameo by Lumbergh himself, Gary Cole.
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