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Extract

Extract
 
 
 
 

Review by Chris Maitland

With the exception of the absolutely hysterical The Hangover and I Love You, Man, 2009 has been a relatively soft year for comedies, especially considering how great 2008 was for that genre.  Thankfully, Extract points 2009 comedies back in the right direction.

Writer-director Mike Judge is a cult hero. He adds another great entry to go with his already impressive catalog which includes Idiocracy, TV shows Beavis and Butt-head and King of the Hill, and his best-known work, Office Space. The guy has a knack for satire and sharply written dialogue, as well as the zany and colorful characters he creates.

This film (as mentioned in the trailer) is a trip back to the workplace for Judge. Instead of an office, though, the workplace setting is a factory, where extracts are made, bottled and shipped.  Judge makes this unusual concept click with eccentric characters, such as the airhead forklift operator (who is more focused about getting his multiple bands off the ground than actually working) as well as the bickering old ladies and hard working Spanish men who are just confused why they are there. Joel (Jason Bateman) is the ringleader of the whole operation, and is very happy with the future of his company… that is, until a string of hazardous, terrible and often hilarious events that put Joel’s life in complete disarray.

I stated earlier this movie is very, very funny.  The whole cast was very strong.  Judge knew what he wanted to do and he got some of the best funny supporting actors in Hollywood, such as J.K Simmons and David Koechner.   But it was Ben Affleck absolutely who absolutely steals the show as the Joel’s half-baked best friend; in my opinion, his best performance since Good Will Hunting. He is great and shows he can pull of comedy very effectively.

I didn’t expect Extract to be nearly as funny as it was but it delivered. I had a great time watching this movie unfold with its off-the-wall situations and snappy dialogue.  I can guarantee that any fan of Mike Judge’s previous work will love this film. One of the funniest movies of 2009 so far.

4 / 5 Stars

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