Have you ever met one of those guys with loads of potential, but he just kind of fritters it away because maybe he’s too lazy, too bored, or possibly too stoned to get motivated? Extract is the movie equivalent of that guy.
We know that writer/director Mike Judge is a funny man. Office Space is justifiably a cult hit and I happen to think that Beavis and Butthead was a major work of cultural satire (no. . .really).
Extract is actually funny in fits and starts. But I kept staring at the screen thinking, “This is the best Mike Judge can do? This is the film he got excited about?” (It’s particularly frustrating considering the fact that Judge has now made a grand total of 3 movies in the past decade. His 2006 film Idiocracy, which I haven’t seen, was initially drubbed by critics, but is now being hailed as an underappreciated gem.)
Extract follows the misadventures of Joel (Jason Bateman), the owner of an extract flavor plant. Joel is a...