By Dave Campbell | September 4, 2009
Director: Mike Judge
Writer(s): Mike Judge
Starring: Jason Bateman, Ben Affleck, Kristen Wiig, Mila Kunis, J.K. Simmons, Clifton Collins, Jr., David Koechner
Extract is the tale of a small business owner named Joel Reynold (Jason Bateman) who seems to have everything going for him. He built his own company Reynold Extracts from scratch with patented brands of culinary extracts. The company’s products are so unique and sought after that Joel and his #2 Brian (J.K. Simmons) who refers to every employee as “Dinkus”, have entered negotiations for a buyout by General Mills. They just need to keep things operating smoothly until a final offer is made.
Joel’s home life however, is a different story. Joel feverishly attempts to make it to the house by 8pm, before his wife Suzie (Kristen Wiig) comfys up in her drawstring sweatpants blocking Joel from any type of sexual activity for the evening. Sexually frustrated, Joel turns to his best friend, Dean (Ben Affleck), a pothead, pill collecting bartender who helps him devise a plan to lure Suzie into cheating on him first so he can pursue the hot and mysterious new employee Cindy (Mila Kunis), free of guilt.
Things begin to unravel at both ends for Joel as a factory accident threatens the manhood of aspiring Floor Manager Step (Clifton Collins, Jr.), and Brad (Dustin Milligan) the Gigolo hired to cheat with Cindy becomes a bit too interested. Joel is now faced with a pending lawsuit against Step and his over the top lawyer Joe Adler (Gene Simmons) that would threaten the company. He is also tasked in dealing with the mess he created with his wife Suzie and putting the pieces of his life together.
Mike Judge brings back his dry, witty, comedic tone that gained a cult following with Office Space. Judge’s last effort Though it probably won’t hold the same cult status, it does show promise of direction for Judge and what he has planned for the future. Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Ben Affleck, Mila Kunis, J.K. Simmons, David Koechner, Clifton Collins, Jr., T.J. Miller, Beth Grant and Gene Simmons all lend various talents in creating a well balanced ensemble cast. Bateman seems to always shine in “everyday man” roles and Ben Affleck brings back comedic elements seen in Kevin Smith films and Glory Daze. It’s already been a strong year for comedy with hits like I Love You, Man, Observe and Report, & Funny People, and Extract fits right in to the menu.
“This Labor Day, the creator of Office Space heads back to work”, and it pays off.