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Joel, the owner of an extract plant, tries to contend with myriad personal and professional problems, such as his potentially unfaithful wife and employees who want to take advantage of him.


Studio Ingram Micro
SKU 212804016
UPC 786936793543
UPC 14 00786936793543
Format DVD
Release Date 8/29/2010
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Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Bateman,Jason
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ReviewSource ReelViews
Review After the indignity visited upon his previous feature, Idiocracy, one can forgive writer/director Mike Judge's a certain mistrust of distributors. However, while the dump-and-run approach utilized by 20th Century Fox in 2006 is not in evidence here, neither has Miramax Films rolled out the red carpet for Extract. The film is making its way into a decent number of theaters, but the marketing campaign is minimal and it is being released on one of the two least appealing weekends of the year. Extract is no masterpiece, but it's considerably better than many 2009 films that have received a more robust backing...The problem with the film is that, as satires go, this one has blunt teeth. It's funny, but not as funny as it should be. The jokes often provoke knowing chuckles, but there's a sense that opportunities for hilarity are being bypassed. Judge connects for a single when the potential is there for a double or a home run. The best parts of Extract are those that dissect every day, commonplace elements: the chatty next door neighbor, the dynamics of the sexless marriage, the banality of the workplace. The film's more plot-driven aspects are less compelling and too obviously artificial...Extract is being released Labor Day weekend because it's a throwaway - arguably a little too good to go directly to video, but not good enough to compete in a more crowded market. As satires go, it's amusing but doesn't offer much that's biting or clever. It works on its own low-key terms and is not unpleasant to sit through, but that could be considered damning with faint praise. And, although it's not as consistently smirk-inducing as Idiocracy, it's almost guaranteed to be seen by more people, so that's a silver lining for Judge.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Spanish, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled, No Longer Produced
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Scott Tobias, The Onion A.V. Club Nobody is better at capturing the crushing banality of everyday life than Judge.
Stephanie Zacharek, The kind of smart, openhearted comedy that doesn't come along every day.

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