Although it is nowhere near the same level, this film had a fairly 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.
"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 about. 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.
Impressive cast + good director does not = good film.
It's a much funnier comedy. The cast is awesome, and the story just was more interesting. I know next to nothing about the cubicle life, so maybe that's why I didn't connect with Office Space as well as some others did. But I don't know anything about factories, adulterous wives, pool boy gigolos, or horse tranquilizers, either - and that didn't stop me from enjoying the heck out of Extract
Like I said before, it really is funny. I laughed-out-loud more times than I can count. It's not really broad-slapstick type humor, it's the kind of situations that you might see and laugh at in your everyday life. Just a bit more exaggerated.
Jason Bateman was the perfect every-man character, Mila Kunis gave her best performance that I've seen, and Kristen Wiig basically stole the while movie. I think I'm beginning to fall in love with that woman. Anyway, Mike Judge still has the skills, and in my opinion he's better than he's ever been before. This is my favorite comedy of 2010, so far.
Joel, the owner of an extract manufacturing plant, constantly finds himself in precarious situations that steadily worsen by the minute. First, his soon-to-be floor manager acquires a serious injury in a machine malfunctioning accident that subsequently endangers the wellbeing of his company. Second, his personal life doesn't fair much better when he takes the advice of his bartending friend Dean during a drug-induced brainstorming session on how to test his wife's faithfulness. Finally, compounding these catastrophes is new employee Cindy, who happens to be a scam artist intent on milking the company for all its worth. Now, Joel must attempt to piece his company and his marriage back together all while trying to figure out what he's really after in life.
Nate's Grade: B-