Friday, February 24, 2012

Extract: Movie Review


Comedy of errors for dinkuses, normal people, boy geniuses and hot girls.

Jason Bateman, as flavour-extract factory plant owner Joel, says, “It makes sense. Hot girls need jobs too.” Ben Affleck, as drug-imbibing bartender Dean, questions, “Do they, though?” I agree with Dean. Hot girls don’t need jobs. “Extract” can be described as a comedy-of-errors that ensues when Joel assumes that hot girls need jobs like normal people. 2009

Directed by: Mike Judge

Screenplay by: Mike Judge

Starring: Jason Bateman, Ben Affleck, Mila Kunis

The hot girl, Cindy (Mila Kunis), gets a job as a temp at the factory, although she of course has ulterior motives. Joel is pretty sure that he’s not allowed to be attracted to her but Dean ensures him that his wife would cheat on him given the chance, so he may as well cheat on her.

The plot seems to drag in parts but the characters are all very funny. Affleck is particularly funny as the bearded, long-haired, hippie-styled bartender/pimp who has no morals. He probably doesn’t even know what morality means. Bateman is at his best after imbibing various drugs that Dean provides him and then proceeds to come up with genius plans. Brian (J.K. Simmons) works alongside Joel as the plant manager and refers to everybody as dinkus, except the forklift dinkus is also known as boy genius.

While the characters are all funny, they are also very moronic. Sympathy can be a little hard to find, but I didn’t mind as I was enjoying laughing at them all. I’m assuming we were supposed to like the character of Cindy, but I sure didn’t. She’s a hot girl; she doesn’t need a job, so she shouldn’t take jobs away from the normal people who do need one.


Horrible Bosses (2011) - Adding coarse and sexual content to make a plot-rich story funny.