Extract

2009

Extract

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Extract has some very funny moments and several fine performances, but the film feels slighter and more uneven than Mike Judge's previous work.

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Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Ben Affleck, Kristen Wiig, Clifton Collins, and J.K. Simmons star in writer/director Mike Judge's comedy about a flower-extract plant owner contending with an ever-growing avalanche of personal and professional disasters. An employee at the factory has just suffered an unfortunate accident on the assembly line, but little does the put-upon owner realize that things are about to get much worse. As the injured employee threatens to sue and it begins to look like his company will be bought out, the frazzled owner attempts to catch the culprit responsible for stealing wallets from the coat room and begins to suspect that his wife is sleeping with the gigolo he hired to seduce her. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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  • Sep 04, 2014
    From writer/director Mike Judge comes the offbeat comedy Extract. Starring Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, J.K. Simmons, and Ben Affleck, the film has an great cast. The story follows a factory owner who finds himself attracted to one of his new tempts, but unknown to him she's a grifter with an eye on his company. The comedy is pretty well-written and is fairly lighthearted. However, the script is weak and includes several subplots that don't really payoff (like the annoying neighbor). The resolution of the main story arcs are also underwhelming and somewhat unsatisfying. But despite its disappointments, Extract delivers some good laughs and is kind of fun.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2013
    Mike Judge has always made some terrific comedies. With Extract he again makes a fun, and entertaining comedy, but compared to his other films, Extract lacks a bit. The cast are good, and there's plenty to enjoy, but it leaves something to be desired. Though I liked the film, I felt that it could have been better. The talent here involved are good in their performances, but compared to some other of Judge's films, this is a film that is quite forgettable. Extract is good, but should have been better. However, there are enough jokes here to make this is a worthy viewing experience. I really liked the film despite its flaws. Mike Judge crafts a good film here; just don't expect another Office Space or Idiocracy. There are plenty aspects that work well here, but like I said, the film needed a bit of rewrite or two to make it standout among others than Judge has made. Fans of his work will most likely enjoy it, and the film is pretty funny, but in some areas, the film is a bit long and boring. Extract is good, but should have been better. Despite its limitations, the film is entertaining, but it never reaches its full potential. If you want Mike Judge's best film, watch Office Space instead, this one has some elements that you've come to expect from Judge, but falls short on occasion, and ends up being one of his most disappointing effort. Despite this, I liked it, but it leaves a lot to be desired. Extract is good, but Mike Judge has clearly made better movies.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Sep 23, 2012
    Typical movie in the Mike Judge genre quirky off beat characters in a real world environment where everything kind of falls apart. However, unlike some of his other films like Idiocracy or Office Space this one never quite catches fire comedically. Jason Bateman does his best but the other characters never quite get to the place where they endear themselves to the audience.
    Sean S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2012
    Joel: What if I tell her you did it all for money? How about that Ding-Ding?  "A comedy that hits you where it hurts" You know what, I really loved Extract. It's actually, easily my favorite work I've ever seen from Mike Judge. I honestly don't see what everyone is complaining about. This is a comedy that's extremely funny and has a great cast all executing their performances with effective use of the jokes they are given. And most of those jokes work.  Joel owns a flavor extract company that he is thinking of selling to go onto retirement. He's in a sexless marriage. So instead of being at home with his wife, he is at the bar with a moron friend of his. When a new girl named Cindy comes into temp; Joel instantly gets that old fashioned feeling where he just wants to bone her. Feeling guilty, he hires a gigolo to seduce his wife into having sex with him, so he can go about his business of fucking the temp. When he realizes this is a bad idea, it's too late. Now he has a wife that's cheating on him and a business that is crumbling after an on the job accident at his factory.  None of the actors in this movie are what I'd call amazingly talented. That isn't to say I don't like them, it is just none of them are Oscar caliber. Which isn't a bad thing with a movie like this. Jason Bateman gives the funniest performance I've ever seen from him. I always love Kunis and Wiig and they're both great here. Affleck's presence didn't hurt anything either, and J.K. Simmons is hilarious like usual. Gene Simmons even has a small role as a scheming lawyer. This movie was so much better than I expected. I honestly had no intention of ever watching this, but I am so glad I did. It is completely underrated and way funnier than about 95% of the comedies that are being released. It's a slight work, no doubt, but it did everything that we expect from good comedies. It also did it without being overly obscene. Not that that really affects how I view it because I love obscene humor as well, but you'd think it would be more accessible because of its restraint. In the end, I don't really care if no one else likes it because I adored it.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer

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