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Saturday, September 12, 2009


You know what would be totally sweet?

If Mike Judge made a different movie.

He's a really funny guy with a great take on the world, but it's gotten to the point where I feel like all of his movies are the same. After Idiocracy flopped, I wouldn't be surprised if he went and tried to write something similar to his cult classic, Office Space. In fact, it's so similar that it just irritated me for most of the movie. If it were not for some really good performances, I might have hated it.

Extract is the simple story of Joel (Jason Bateman), the owner of a company that bottles all kinds of strange food flavorings. Many of his lines seem like they're straight out of Arrested Development ("Everything I've done has been for this company!"). After an accident involving one of his workers losing one of their balls, he finds himself juggeling a possible lawsuit, possible buy-out, and possible way to cheat on his wife.

It's decently funny. Ben Affleck really owns his scenes. I love seeing him in comedies. Jason Bateman is great as usuall, but his character is so mediocre that I never really wanted to root for him. The real shining star of this movie, however, is 90210's Dustin Milligan. This guy is hilarious! I can't wait to see him in more things. Really carries the movie. There are of course, good performances from J.K. Simmons, Mila Kunis, Kristin Wiig, and David Koechner (though I'm almost certain his role was written for Stephen Root). No one is really bad in this movie, it's just very average.

The great comedies of the last couple years have had a couple things in common. Great performances and original ideas that are woven together by great writing and touching moments. This movie does not have the latter. It's one thing to string together a bunch of funny scenes, but it's another to make a great comedy.

I really like Mike Judge. But I want him to venture into new ground. Maybe try a different comedy that's not about a company in middle America. Maybe one with some heart.

But Mila Kunis is ridiculously attractive. That might be worth the ticket price right there.

2 stars


Ezra Edmond said...

Mike Judge has never done anything that wasn't about Middle America.

Bevis and Butthead, The Goode Family, Office Space, Idiocracy, King of the Hill.

Its his genre

Anonymous said...

Yes Ezra but I'm sick of it.
Great review Wilder!

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