Movie Review: Extract (Jason Bateman, Ben Affleck, JK Simmons) 2009

Posted: November 17, 2012 in Comedy
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Joel (Bateman) has figured out how to use extracts of flavors like vanilla as a flavor additive.  He runs a fairly successful juice factory, and he treats his employees well.  Joel hears that a large corporation is interested in buying his extract company.  One problem, an accident in the factory has caused an employee named Step,(Clifton Collins Jr.)  to lose one of his “family jewels” and now Joel can’t sell the company until Step settles the lawsuit.  Cindy (Kunis) is a con-artist who hears about Step’s predicament and sees a goldmine.  She hires lawyer Joe Adler (Gene Simmons) to sue Joel.

As if that’s not enough, Joel’s got marriage trouble at home.  He can’t get any lovin’ from his wife Susie (Kristin Wiig) Joel’s drug addled friend Dean (Affleck) suggests that Joel hire a gigolo named Brad (Dustin Mulligan) to tempt his wife, so that Joel can fool around with Cindy, guilt free.  Susie sleeps with Brad, and Joel does not sleep with Cindy.  Brad is so utterly stupid that he keeps sleeping with Susie, which drives Joel bananas.  Does Joel ever get to sell his company?  Does he figure out Cindy is a con artist?  Does he ever get Brad to stop sleeping with his wife?

This is one of the funniest most underrated comedies I’ve seen in a long time.  All the characters are funny, and I didn’t even mention JK Simmons as the plant supervisor who calls everyone dingus, and David Koechner as Nathan the neighbor who just can’t stop talking.  We all know people like that.  Bateman is as funny as I’ve seen him, Kunis is smart and funny, and if Ben Affleck can make me laugh, this is a funny script.  Everyone compares this to Office Space, but this movie stands up well on its own.

Extract:  A tasty treat.

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