Heading out to see a screening of Extract, I was optimistic. I enjoy the hell out of Mike Judge creations (Beavis & Butthead still crack me up, and I could quote Office Space verbatim if necessary). Also, I love the cast -- Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, Ben Affleck, J.K. Simmons, David Koechner and Gene Simmons. Hell, I was even prepared to overlook the fact that Dustin Milligan from the new 90210 has yet to display any discernible amount of acting talent. But all those things combined could not make an entirely good movie. Don't get me wrong, there were some really, funny, funny moments and the premise is pretty entertaining too, but the movie dragged, and what wasn't amusing was really pretty terrible and even the stuff that was laugh worthy started to grate on my nerves after the same joke was recycled for the fifteenth time.
Mike Judge's new workplace comedy, Extract, is arriving in (like four) theaters this Friday, and although the movie is getting very mixed reviews early out, it's still exciting. The man gave us Office Space! And now he's tackling the soulless working world of... bottle factories? It doesn't matter. The point is the persistent trailers made me want to rekindle my love for this genre with a little best and worst list.
Looking for some last-minute gift ideas? How about a workplace comedy, a cutesy romance, a kick-ass sci-fi movie, a dull legal thriller and a stupid road trip flick? That should cover all of your bases.