“Extract” Mildly Amusing in an Exotic Location

Genres: Comedy
Running Time: 1 hr. 30 min.
Release Date: September 4th, 2009 (limited)
MPAA Rating: R for language, sexual references and some drug use.
Distributors: Miramax Films


Directed by:
Mike Judge

JJ Rating: B

Joel (Jason Bateman) owns an extract company that has employees that bicker and then their bickering causes an accident. The accident causes a bigger accident and then BOOM sends a nut flying into a man’s crotch killing one and leaving the other hanging for life. Along comes a woman who convinces said man he wants lots and lots of money for his pain and suffering. Extract.

One of the best posters of the year goes to Extract because it’s clever. The bottle and what is extracted to be in the bottle. The position of every object being really close to how one would look if they were made of trash, even though that cracked nut is more painful if one knows what is being represented.

Brad (Dustin Milligan) is a complete moron in the film. He’s so stupid but his character is a good chunk of the funny. Scenes between him and Joel as well as Suzie (Kristen Wiig) are great. His dumbness is not only funny but astounding that it is quite possible to have someone that stupid. Not only that, but he’s very much a resemblance of an actor who is in porn, like that cheesy stuff that is parodied. Milligan pulls of imbecilic perfectly. Bateman is also great because he has that cool frustration angle. He wants to remain even headed, but he also doesn’t want to be walked all over. It’s a battle between what he wants to happen and what is actually going on. His frustration over events happening that just don’t make much sense is something that many could relate to. Living a life that is finally going well and then drama, that doesn’t make any sense as to why it exists, pops up and causes more damage than is really necessary is sadly understood by some.

There’s a lot of relationship problems that go on and the trailer mentions one about 8pm being when she puts on the sweat pants and she’s not gonna be having any sex. Wiig is great as the wife. Her guilt and her reaction to the guilt is amusing in a way that one just shakes their head mumbling how guilty she is. Ben Affleck plays Dean the friend of Joel who gives terrible advice and looks really dirty with long hair. It was good to see Affleck in a fun role like this. He’s not taking himself too seriously and it seems he enjoyed himself. Gene Simmons plays a lawyer and his scene is funny. He does a good job making funnies.

Extract uses the time it has wisely. There’s not a lot of wasted space. Though it does tend to not deal with the time with as much as excitement and humor as I would have liked, but at least it keeps with the movement of the story without totally falling into a story A.D.D. thing where they focus on too much and fail to bring about a reasonable, coherent storyline.

Extract is not a great movie, but it is a decent movie. It has a lot of good parts. The scenes with the workers at the extract factory are funny. The different personalities that work there reminded me a lot of people that I have worked with so I could relate on that level. It deals with marriage affairs but the film still is able to bring about a sense of comfort in viewing because the characters are not totally wacked where they can’t figure out how to solve their own problems. I suppose that is what I really like about it that they all figured out how to deal with their problems in a reasonable manner without just failing because “OMG that would make it more real”.

Extract is the lighter side of marriage and work problems. I like films that give a different location that I really never thought of and I don’t really think of extraction as a job, but now I do. It was quite an exotic location. It’s worth seeing if you don’t have much going on. It’ll amuse but it won’t make you tear and your tummy hurt. Thanks to the high bar that The Hangover set.

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