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Sept. 7, 2009

"Extract" is excruciatingly bland

by Gardi Royce, Page Editor
Director Michael Judge has generally had success with his directing projects ranging from "Office Space" to "Beevis and Butt-Head." But his latest movie "Extract," fails to capture the humor and wittiness his past movies possessed. With an all-star cast including Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman and Mila Kunis, "Extract" was poised to be the summer's last big comedy. But the script lacks humor and boasts hackneyed jokes that inevitably lead to a dull and uninteresting production.


(released September 04, 2009)
Joel is about to sell his extract factory when an accident threatens to take away everything he cherishes.
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Joel (Jason Bateman) is about to sell his extract factory when an accident threatens to take away everything he cherishes.Picture coutesy of Miramax Films.
The movie follows the life of Joel (Bateman) who owns a flavored extract company in California. Joel is days away from selling the company, when bad fortune strikes. A worker is injured during his work shift and threatens to sue the company for millions. Kunis plays the devious gold-digger who has an intimate relationship with the injured worker in order to get his settlement money. Bateman sets out to unravel this drama while also rekindling his love life and fending off an idiotic gigolo.

Academy Award winner Affleck provides slivers of humor as the drugged out bartender- friend of Bateman. His character is the one silver lining to the movie as he provides humorous philosophies and a drug-addicted personality. However, his talent is wasted by a lackluster script and even worse plot. Sadly, Bateman and company fall short in delivering slapstick segments throughout the course of the movie, thereby sinking the movies potential for comedic success.

While Bateman provided audiences with laughable moments in shows such as "Arrested Development," he has failed to harness the simple humor he so often accomplishes. Hopefully, with the upcoming release of the "Arrested Development" movie, he will return to his previous comedic self.

Kunis also tries adamantly to reignite the comedic flare of the movie with her cunning character, but her attempts become strikingly futile. Kunis brought many expectations because of her previous star power in films like "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Family Guy." Yet her character isn’t given any opportunities to flourish and in the end can't fulfill comedic predictions.

A good cast and decent director make this an attractive movie to see; however, a vapid script and boring plot will make viewers want to "Extract" themselves from the theater.

"Extract” (91 minutes) is rated R for language, sexual references and some drug use. Now playing in theaters everywhere.

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  • Tim (View Email) on September 7, 2009 at 7:28 PM
    oh god you are right this movie was awful. Thank you for saying how it actually was, yukk it was worthless
  • Staylor (View Email) on September 7, 2009 at 7:50 PM
    This movie be terrible. I had to leave because the unfuniness was burning through my retinas
    • harrys (View Email) on September 8, 2009 at 2:38 AM
      I loved the movie. So did Rolling stone and cnn. Did you enjoy Gamer this wknd? Its got a 62% rating on rotten tomatos? Grow up dude. Judge rules.
  • cappie on September 9, 2009 at 8:37 PM
    Gardi this review was bitingly excellent.
  • Michael Phelps on September 10, 2009 at 10:54 AM
    i loved this movie actually, cappie and staylor i cant disagree more with your comments
  • Crackhea on September 10, 2009 at 10:54 AM
    This movie wuz amazing, I loved the shooting parts!!
  • poop on September 10, 2009 at 10:55 AM
    hey gardi, that was the best movie ever and crackhea is right the shooting parts were awesome
  • John on September 10, 2009 at 11:08 AM
    Gardner, I disagree with your opinion on the movie "Extract" I thought that it was amazingly hysterical. I hope in the future you will appreciate great works of cinematography.
  • Esteban Avacado on September 10, 2009 at 11:54 AM
    This is a great and helpfully straight forward review, as it gave me a thorough idea about just what exactly made the media-lambasted "extract" so rancid. And Royce's last line made me laugh so much
  • jewelllll on September 10, 2009 at 5:38 PM
    what an AMAZING movie review! this is a masterpiece of modern journalism.
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