If youíre not a fan of Mike Judge (films), than you might want to get
your humour fix elsewhere because this film is as quirky as they come.
Like his other films, Judge has successfully gathered an eclectic cast
that not only verges on insanity but also brilliance.
The film revolves
around protagonist Joel (Jason Bateman) who is the successful owner
of a small business which of courseÖ makes extracts. However Joelís life
is far from idyllic and to sum it up in one word, itís boring. Thatís
right, Joelís life couldnít get any worse and to compliment his boring
life, he has to deal with boring people at work, in his neighbourhood and
donít get him started on his wife.
His wife Suzie (Kristen Wiig) however
is not boring but she doesnít help spice up his life either and when she
has her track pants on, her womanhood is tightly locked away. To make
matters worse, besides a sometimes untouchable wife, he has an idiot for
a neighbour (David Koechner) and a best friend called Dean (Ben Affleck)
who always gives him the wrong advice which is where Cindy comes into
Cindy (Mila Kunis) is the new employee at work and in order
to appease his guilt, he hires Brad (Dustin Miligan), a male prostitute
to seduce his wife in order for him to enjoy his carnal desires with
CindyÖ or so he hopes but unfortunately Cindy is a sociopath.
As you can see, Extract is far from boring and
the star of this film is Bateman who plays the downtrodden Joel, a man
with a predestined life who flips Fate the bird and tries to take
matters into his own hand which if youíve seen other films by Judge,
generally backfires in some extremely entertaining ways. Consider
Extract the thinking manís comedy!
The video and audio quality is acceptable, although donít expect any
standout moments. There is some grain as per DVD but overall, the images
are sharp with vibrant colours. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is a little
muted but considering that this is a comedy, it should pose new threats
In conclusion, Extract is a very interesting and surreal comedy about oneís
man boring journey as he attempts justification. Itís almost like
watching a mouse in a maze, recommended!