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Extract: Movie Review

Three and a half stars
Genre: Comedy
Rated: R
Directed by:
Mike Judge
Starring: Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, Ben Affleck, J.K. Simmons, Clifton Collins, Jr., David Koechner, Gene Simmons
Released by: Miramax Films

In Short: Laughs come fast and furious in this blue-collar comedy from Mike Judge, the guy who brought us both Office Space and Beavis and Butt-Head.

Extracting Every Last Laugh

It's been ten years since writer-director Mike Judge gave us the now-classic Office Space, his comic view of life in the mundane white-collar world. Now, with Extract, Judge turns his ironic wit to the blue-collar side of life, with much success.

Jason Bateman shines as Joel Reynolds, a chemist and the proud owner of Reynolds Extract, the company he built from the ground up. His company manufactures vanilla, almond, even root beer extract, and proudly hires workers of every race, creed, and color. He’s living a good life... except for one big problem. His wife (wittily played by Saturday Night Live star Kristen Wiig) has lost her interest in sex, and it is driving him crazy.

Joel’s a smart guy, but when he starts to take advice from his bartender buddy Dean, a bearded stoner, things begin to go terribly wrong, both in his personal and business life. And as they go wrong, Extract just gets funnier and funnier.

Ben Affleck and Jason Bateman in Extract Mila Kunis in Extract

There’s the sexy new employee who is actually a con artist out to gouge the company (Mila Kunis, looking steaming hot and gorgeous throughout); the stupid gigolo (a perfectly cast Dustin Milligan) that Joel hires to seduce his wife; the loyal factory worker (Clifton Collins, Jr.) who loses his manhood in a freak accident; and the most annoying next door neighbor ever, played freakishly well by a squirmingly hilarious David Koechner.

You’ll likely find yourself identifying with at least one of the characters in Mike Judge’s latest comedy triumph about the workplace and beyond; we just hope that it isn’t the avaricious attorney that Gene Simmons plays to disgusting perfection, or Dean the dopey bartender, who is actually Ben Affleck behind a massive full beard and long hair.

Reviewed by Jenny Peters

PAER082609 (Updated: 07/02/10 CT)

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