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Directed By
Mike Judge

Written By:
Mike Judge

Mila Kunis, Ben Affleck, Clifton Collins Jr., Dustin Milligan, Kristen Wiig, J.K. Simmons, David Koechner, Beth Grant, Matt Schulze, Marshall Manesh, Brent Briscoe, Kevin Chamberlin, Nick Thune, Sam Crystal, Jason Bateman, Lidia Porto

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Extract (2009)
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Movie Review by Jarrod
September 8th, 2009

I suppose Mike Judge has developed an ardent fanbase, especially as the creator of Beavis and Butthead, but he also had a lot of cult success with his 1999 film Office Space, and the truly underrated Idiocracy, both of which suffered from poor theatrical distribution and non-existent marketing.

The same fortunes will likely befall his latest comedy, 'Extract', a quirky, yet often dull satire featuring Jason Bateman as Joel Reynold, a factory owner seeking to sell his company and retire early. He is (un)happily married to Suzie (Kristen Wiig), who no longer seems interested in having sex with him, which is why he is so attracted to new temp worker Cindy (Mila Kunis), a flirtatious beauty with whom he contemplates an affair, once he can overcome his feelings of guilt. His friend Dean (Ben Affleck) helps him devise a plan that will make him more comfortable with the idea of adultery; hire a dimwitted gigolo named Brad (Dustin Milligan) to seduce Suzie, and then, if she cheats on him, he will not have to feel so bad about cheating on her.

Of course, he does not expect that Brad and Suzie will continue their sexual relationship behind his back, and he also does not know that Cindy is a con artist, in cahoots with Step (Clifton Collins Jr), one of Joel's former employees, seeking a $1 million lawsuit against Joel following an assembly line accident that nearly castrated him. Step is initially hesitant to sue, but changes his mind, and this causes problems for Joel and his business partner Brian (JK Simmons), who are both anticipating a lucrative buyout from General Mills. Oh, and Gene Simmons plays Step's sleazy lawyer, Joe Adler.

Beth Grant is amusing as Mary, who complains about the laziness of her co-workers, while refusing to acknowledge her own. David Koechner is a scene-stealer as Joel's insufferable neighbor Nathan, who initiates conversations about the most asinine things, completely unaware that he is nothing more than a nuisance. The film is thematically confused, with Joel engaging in cruel and erratic behavior, undermining his likability.

There is no chemistry between Bateman and the beautiful Kunis, but then, that does not really matter, since this is not intended as a romantic comedy, and their relationship is never really given much attention. Joel loves his wife despite the lack of intimacy, which makes his decision to hook her up with Brad all the more confounding. Affleck gives a very funny performance, as enthusiastic druggie Dean, and is barely recognizable with long hair and a full beard.

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