Extract (2009)

Genre(s): Comedy
Miramax || R - 92 minutes - $29.99 || December 22, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-12-28


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Mike Judge
Writer(s): Mike Judge (written by)2
Cast: Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, J.K. Simmons, David Koechner, Clifton Collins Jr., Ben Affleck


Theatrical Release Date: September 4, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Featurette


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH

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.::THE FILM::.

Iím being gracious by giving this film half a star, as though it was probably one of the worst movies Iíve seen in at least two days. The phenomenon that was Mike Judge is no more, as the last few of his flicks have tanked at the box-office and also with movie-goers all around. The characters suck, the jokes suck, and Ben Affleckís character is slightly amusing. I know that should be a good point for Extract, but itís not. Can we please have Beavis and Butthead back, please? I never thought I would ever type out that last sentence, but I seriously mean it after watching this crap.

Joel (Jason Bateman) owns his own brewing company and is attempting to sell it to another company. The other manager of the company, Brian (J.K. Simmons) is agreeing about the sale of their brewing plant but a freak accident inadvertently caused by their entire staff puts the selling on hold for some time. Step (Clifton Collins Jr.) gets injured on the job, and con-artist Cindy (Mila Kunis) befriends him in an attempt to steal his money and leave him for broke. Itís never really explained why Cindy is such a horrible, cold person, so great plot there Judge.

Cindy starts dating Step, and even gets a job at Joelís plant in an attempt to schmooze both Step and Joel at the same time. Meanwhile, back at home, Joel and his wife Suzie havenít had intercourse in months due to the fact she wears sweatpants if he gets home after seven, which has caused friction for a long time for the ailing marriage. Joel meets with the local bartender Dean (Ben Affleck) who convinces him to hire a gigolo one night after Dean slips Joel horse tranquilizer in his beer in order to lighten the mood for the two. Step eventually hires a lawyer, Joe Adler (Gene Simmons), to sue the company. Can Joel bring his life back together, sleep with Cindy, repair his marriage, sell his company, andÖblah blah blah.

This movie was so unfunny that a funeral would have been a pleasant experience compared to this flick. Ben Affleck has never been, nor will he be, entertaining unless heís being made fun of on an animated show. His character, a hippy pretty much, just shows how far his career has come from being a big star toÖthis. Dean is just a staple of almost every Judge movie, and at some point, Judge needs new ideas for his characters. Speaking of characters, they were all cut-and-paste from his past movies that sucked to begin within the first place.

Joel is just a whiny person the entire film, his wife is horrible too. The only redeeming character was the pool boy that gets hired towards the middle of the movie but only because I know someone who is that stupid in real life. Thereís nothing I can really say though thatís entertaining in the slightest about the film minus the pool boy, as though the jokes just do not hit what so ever the entire duration of the flick. They arenít funny, they arenít witty, and this is just something weíve seen before from Judge, hence why this movie completely bombed at the box-office.

Can we please bring back Beavis and Butthead?



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Mike Judgeís Secret Recipe (11 minutes): This was advertised like it was some amazing special feature, but itís nothing even worth watching. In fact, I lost eleven minutes of my life watching this incredibly unfunny, unintelligible extra. Donít make the same mistake I did, just take the disc out and disregard the fact you saw this had special features.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Did someone fall asleep after they went to do the transfer for this film? Who in the world thought this was even passable for DVD quality, as I could have sworn this was a VHS tape I had in my player. This movie looks (and is) absolutely dreadful in every sense of the word dreadful. Detail is absolutely non-existent, attention to detail is non-existent, and colors look dreadful. Did I mention the transfer was dreadful? There are dreadful amounts of grain, dreadful amounts of distortion, and oh, did I mention just an overall dreadful transfer? Dreadful.

The audio track isnít much better though, as the Dolby Digital 5.1 track that comes with the movie is low-key and contains little to no action involved the entire movie. Heck, even the one or at most two action scenes sounded dull as a board, itís amazing this movie even came with an audio track, more or less a 5.1. Thereís literally nothing good that can be said about this track, as I struggled to hear noise from the front speakers and if at all did I ever hear any from the back. Subtitles would have sounded better than this track, so take heed.



.::OVERALL::.

Bring back Beavis and Butthead. I said it three times now, Iím getting worried. Skip this flick and save your money for something better, like oxygen.