Mila Kunis steals this movie from the opening scene then she diappears for huge portions of it as the story focuses on Jason Bateman's charcater. I don't know what it is about Bateman but he just seems "there" in every thing he's in.
There's also gratuitous Ben Affleck. Two super annoying woman who work the assembly line at this plant where most of the movie takes place. Throw in a completely gratuitous Kristen Wiig whose talents are completely wasted by her minimal screentime.
The most unfunny part of the movie is the overly long scenes of Bateman's neighbor who lies in wait every day to talk to Bateman as he pulls into his driveway.
Yes, Mike Judge did Office Space but, let's be blunt even about that classic B movie, it's still not perfect. There is a lot of dead time in Judge's movies where nothing happens and the actors read lines in these monotones that, I guess, are supposed to show us how mundane life is working in an office...or a plant in Extract's case. Whatever the reason is, Judge needs to move away from this whole "workplace is a quiet hell" jag he's obsessed with and do something else.
I would love to tell you about the extras but I was so bored by movie's end I had no energy to deal with them. I'll leave that for another reviewer.
"Extract, directed by Mike Judge (King of the Hill), is about Joel (Jason Bateman) who runs an extract factory. He has his regular ups and downs just like anyone, but when one of his workers loses his testicle in a freak accident things start to go from bad to worse. The next thing that happens to him is a con-woman named Cindy (Mila Kunis) begins work for him. Cindy convinces the testicleless employee to file a lawsuit against the company. Also, his wife hasn't wanted to have sex with him for months, and so he takes some bad advice from his friend, Dean(Ben Affleck), and hires a pool guy to seduce his wife so that he can guiltlessly have an affair with Cindy, and before he knows it the pool guy is coming over everyday and has fallen in love with his wife. Then the employees decide that they should get a piece of the pie of his company, since he is thinking of selling it to a prospective buyer, and decide to go on strike.
"Extract" is like one of those bad months where one thing after another keeps happening to Joel. Joel is a nice guy, who has always tried to be good to people and do the right thing. He knows all of his employees names. He can't even bring himself to yell at the pool guy for continuing to visit his wife at his house. "Extract" is a pleasant little film that just keeps moving along with one amusing ill event after another. We wonder where this is all leading, because it looks like fate is against Joel. He is about to lose everything, his wife, his business, et cetera. But then there's a turning point where he realizes that Cindy is probably not as innocent as she seems. And as gently as misfortune had swelled over him, it then begins to subside, and all begins to fall back into place as before. This film washes gently over one as mildly and pleasantly as does Joel's kindly demeanor.