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Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, Ben Affleck, J.K. Simmons ... see more see more... , Clifton Collins Jr. , Dustin Milligan , David Koechner , Beth Grant , T.J. Miller , Javier Gutiérrez , Lidia Porto , Gene Simmons , Matt Schulze , Lamberto Gutierrez , Brent Briscoe , Hal Sparks , Nick Thune , Tom Virtue , Christopher Ryan Rocha , Jenny O'Hara , Matthew Williams

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 a... read more read more...valanche 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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DVD Release Date: December 22, 2009

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  • October 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 f... read moreelt 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.
  • September 20, 2013
    Despite of the nice cast this comedy is somewhat forgettable and does not leave much of an impression. The exception is Gene Simmons as slimy lawyer, which is pretty hilarious.
  • June 7, 2013
    My grade is probably a bit inflated, but it's hard to ignore my bias toward Mike Judge. He gets workplaces. He gets satire too, even if the stuff on display here is more blunt and low-key than it probably should be.

    Although it is nowhere near the same level, this film had a fa... read moreirly evident feeling of being Coenesque, which I consider to be a really good thing. In their hands, this would have been more of a masterpiece. As it stands, it's a gem, but it's really rough. It leaves a lot to be desired, and the humor is a tad too subtle in places, but I still laughed, and was still very much entertained.

    As decent as Bateman is, the supporting cast is where its at. Wiig is good, if slightly underused; Judge in his uncredited cameo is funny, as is a riotous Gene Simmons. It is Clifton Collins, Jr, Beth Grant, J.K. Simmons, and (most of all) Ben Affleck and David Koechner who really steal the show. Koechner is really funny, but Affleck manages to edge him out slightly. Everything about Dean is funny and appealing (as a character): his beard and hair, his mannerisms, his outlook on life...he's just this groovy whacked out cat, and it's definitely what Affleck needs to rebuild his still tarnished career.

    So yeah, this is a hit, albeit a minor one, but fans of any of the cast (even Mila Kunis is actually fairly believable), workplace comedies, deadpan delivery and humor, or Judge should find something to enjoy here.
  • October 22, 2012
    Extract is a live action film written and directed by Mike Judge, most famous for his television shows King of the Hill and Beavis and Butt-head. His other live action films include the venerable Office Space and Idiocracy, the former being the basis for yet another workplace fol... read morely. Judge even admits that this is a sendup to his original film. While Office Space was about us drones, working for the unconscientiously dickish boss, Extract takes the lead from the boss in question and the problems that comes from that stress. While that in itself is an interesting concept, Extract suffers from the fact that it doesn't stay coherent, and struggles with defining the ill issues of said boss. Instead of real time workplace problems, main character Joel has marital woes, does a bunch of drugs, and can't seem to get rich. Instead of the uncomfortable office atmosphere and awkward workers, Extract relies on caricatures of small town USA to flesh out the cast. The comedy isn't as sharp as the original. The cast was really impressive for the film, including Jason Bateman as the crabby extract plant owner, Kristen Wiig as his repressed wife (who doesn't get enough screen time, in my opinion), and Ben Affleck as his druggy friend/bartender, and Mila Kunis as....I seriously don't know what to categorize her as. She's not a key plot point because she barely affects anything, she's not a romantic lead because she doesn't wrap up the plot, and she isn't contingent on anything so she's not really a lead character. Many of the characters don't really have any point. There isn't really that much of a moral, unless you count not sleeping around, but that keeps getting sidetracked by Joel's infidelities pretty early on in the film, so that's not it. Really, it's a Mike Judge kind of film, with little minded people and hard to swallow humor. It doesn't resonate, but it is another film about hardheaded people, and that is always at least a little entertaining.
  • August 30, 2012
    I watched this a year before I reviewed it, must have overlooked it or maybe my review didn't save... and while I thought I had given it a lower rating, thinking back, it's a lot more memorable film than I thought it would be at the time. The cast is excellent, particularly Krist... read moreen Wiig, and Mike Judge channels that same sense of humour that made Office Space a cult classic. I'd definitely watch this again, (and will add more specifics to the review when I do), but it was a funny film with a decent story that maybe didn't get the credit it was due.
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    August 19, 2012
    Under-appreciated comedy with a great cast that is admittedly light but unabashedly sincere.
  • July 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 ... read moreabout. 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.
  • January 19, 2012
    I know I'm in the minority, but this movie is very funny to me. Everything about Mike Judge's Extract is delightful. From the story, to the script, to the acting; everything about this movie is a clear example of the way that Judge can put his audiences in a world of pure escapis... read morem containing outrageous humor. You can furthermore experience the greatness of Extract in Blu-ray, presenting theater quality video, but not so much for the sound department. It may lack in the special features department, but the feature film is delightful enough to Extract that flaw out of the question.

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    October 25, 2011
    Classic Mike Judge. Ben Affleck is actually funny in this one. Worth a watch.
  • June 27, 2011
    This film could have been called "Widgets" or "Thumb Tacks" as the Extracts are merely a weak sub-plot for which this even weaker story is based.

    Impressive cast + good director does not = good film.

    Big disappointment.

Critic Reviews

A.O. Scott
September 8, 2009
A.O. Scott, At the Movies

There are so many good jokes packed in there. Full Review

Elizabeth Weitzman
September 4, 2009
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

The entire cast, in fact, seems to be having fun, with Affleck and Koechner cheerfully stealing each one of their scenes. Full Review

Amy Biancolli
September 4, 2009
Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle

There are some priceless character turns. Full Review

Tom Long
September 4, 2009
Tom Long, Detroit News

It has all the ingredients for cult immortality and will likely live on long after this year's Oscar winners are forgotten. Full Review

Lisa Kennedy
September 4, 2009
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

These days, it appears to be a rare gift to do comedy in a way that comes across as smart, but never superior or willfully crass. Bateman has that talent to spare. Full Review

Michael Phillips
September 4, 2009
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

Mike Judge's Extract -- modest, no big deal but very savvy -- is the funniest American comedy of the summer. Full Review

Peter Rainer
September 4, 2009
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

The result doesn't seem as fresh as Office Space, but Judge still comes up with enough laughs to deserve our attention. Full Review

Christopher Orr
September 4, 2009
Christopher Orr, The New Republic

[Extract] resembles its titular foodstuffs: less a fully realized comedy than the distillation of one. The ingredients are there, and the recipe as well, but Judge evidently forgot that the whole dish... Full Review

Scott Von Doviak
September 4, 2009
Scott Von Doviak, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

A "sympathy for the boss" comedy could conceivably work, but Judge has neglected to supply the laughs this time around. Full Review

Stephanie Zacharek
September 4, 2009
Stephanie Zacharek,

This isn't a misanthropic picture; its true subject is the way love for our fellow human beings is so often thwarted by their actual behavior -- and still, stupidly perhaps, we just won't give up on t... Full Review

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