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.
I have a confession to make. I recently recommended that my friend catch a screening of the 1986 John Stamos-Vanity-Gene Simmons vehicle Never Too Young To Die at a theatre near him in Los Angeles. I know, I know, what kind of friend am I? I figured he'd get a kick out of it, and I was really sad that I lived over a thousand miles away and couldn't attend myself, having watched it on video and yet still longing to see a giant Stamos projected 30 feet high. But while reading my friend's blog, in which he briefly summarized the story for the uninitiated, I was struck with a startling realization. Never Too Young to Die has the same plot as Wanted. Intrigued yet?