In Theatres: 
Sep 04, 2009
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 30 Minutes

It’s been a while since we’ve seen anything new from Mike Judge, the creator of Office Space and King of the Hill. Let’s face it; The Good Family is pretty much an exact replica of King of the Hill. Swaying away from television, Judge is returning to the big screen with Extract.

Jason Bateman as Joel and Mila Kunis as Cindy star in this comedy about money, love, and a pair of lost testicles. Ben Affleck plays the role of Dean; Joel’s friend and bartender.

With continued accident occurring at his extract plant and the workers plain just not caring, Joel has decided to sell his factory and get out of the business. Unfortunately for him, the latest accident has left one man without any testicles and is threatening a lawsuit with the help of con-artist Cindy. Things could not be worse for Joel as he struggles to deal with issues at the factory as well as his love life at home. It’s just another day in the office.

With such an array of cast members, you would expect someone to stand out and shine, right? Thankfully, Affleck does just that. As the druggie friend of Joel, the man seems either high, drunk, or a combination of both whenever he speaks. Bateman is either a hit or miss. His character isn’t that quirky enough to gather any real attention. I mean come on; he’s an extract factory owner. How interesting can that be? The film portrays him just like an everyday person almost so it’s difficult to see anything ridiculously funny in him.

One surprise of the film is the appearance of Gene Simmons as the crazy lawyer you see on benches and billboards. For the few minutes of screen time, he puts on quite a dazzling show. You’re probably wondering why I have yet to mention Kunis. She plays her stereotypical role of the hottie and actually isn’t in the film as much as I was expecting, which could possibly be a good thing.

Overall, Extract does entertain as a comedy should be it’s nothing stunning. While it probably won’t become a cult hit like Office Space, it has its moments every now and then.

Matt Rodriguez
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