Let me preface this by saying: I didn't really like Office Space.
Now, don't get me wrong, it had its great moments (John C Mcginley stole every scene he was in) But overall the sparse moments of comedic genius were hidden in a plot I felt would have fit better in a 30 minute TV episode.
This seems to be the theme with Mike Judges work, he has very original and creative ways to stick characters in awkward moments that are truly hilarious in his condensed TV shows; but they fall flat when he has to expand on them for a movie.
As is the case for Extract.
Jason Bateman runs a food flavoring extract company where (after a freak accident) one of his employee's testicles is blown off by a exploding gas canister. Meanwhile, Bateman gets into some trouble with Ben Affleck's character that ends up with them accidently hiring a male prostitute for his wife.
See? That is a funny sounding plot! Yet when it is stretched out over an hour and a half, it feels very thin.
The rest of the movie is spent trying to reconcile the impending testicle lawsuit with little filler in the plot. While it trys, Extract never reaches the heights of Office Space.
However, there is a very funny "Bill Lumberg" type character who Judge fans will love, and even a surprise role from Jean Simmons!
Now, I was in a theater filled with Office Space fans, so I know fans will really get a kick out of the nuances and subtle awkward things that Judge puts into this film, so your experience with the film might differ. (Stoner Film?)
I give it a: Rental
For Office Space fans: Matinee