DVD Review: Extract

By Drum Digital
01 December 2010

Rating 3/5

Comedy. 2009. 88 min. With Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis and Ben Affleck. Director: Mike Judge. 16LD.

Joel (Bateman) is living a safe enough life. He’s the owner of a food extract plant, lives in a nice house and has an attractive, if predictable, wife. Then a series of events threaten to scupper life as he knows it.

First, one of his employees is injured in an accident, which puts his business at risk. Next, his friend Dean (Affleck) comes up with a scheme during a drug-fuelled night to test Joel’s wife’s faithfulness. Then a gorgeous con artist (Kunis) inveigles her way into the factory, hell-bent on milking the company for everything it’s worth...

Bateman is good as the at-a-crossroads Joel and Affleck, complete with biblical beard and flowing tresses, is funny as the spaced-out Dean. There are some laugh-out-loud moments and the story is fast-paced, but it’s a good thing the movie isn’t too long – it’s forgettable if entertaining fare. In other words, perfect holiday viewing.

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