Beavis and Butt Head and King of the Hill creator Mike Judge tries his luck at writing and directing a live action comedy called Extract. Joel (Jason Bateman) the owner of a small business that uses chemicals to create food-flavored extracts is smitten by the new temp named Cindy (Mila Kunis). Joel confides in his drug abusing bartender friend Dean (Ben Affleck) about how much he likes Cindy but would feel guilty cheating on his wife Suzie (Kristen Wiig). With the help of Ben, Joel calls a gigolo named Brad (Dustin Milligan) and hires him to sleep with Suzie so he won’t feel guilty about going out with Cindy. (Yes, it’s as morally dysfunctional as it sounds.) In the meantime, a factory worker named Step (Clifton Collins Jr.) has a bizarre accident and with Cindy’s encouragement he intends to sue the company through his attorney Joe Adler (Gene Simmons) and bankrupt it. (Did anybody think of filing an insurance claim?) This film has some shallow humor (very shallow), a few small laughs (very few), and characters that have no moral compass and are downright stupid. (Yes, very stupid) The script is totally uninspiring and good acting talent is wasted. Ben Affleck was okay at best, but the one big surprise was Gene Simmons from Kiss. He didn’t stick out just because he’s tall – he was really good. I wish I could extract a decent plot from this film but I can’t, so I’ll give it a D+ rating.
This movie has been given a R rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.