Hollywood Product: Extract (1)
GENRE: Workplace comedy
THE PITCH: “Arrested Developments” Jason Bateman plays Joel, owner of a beverage company called Reynolds Extract, who juggles a corporate buyout, a personal injury lawsuit, a sexually disinterested wife (Kristen Wiig), a manipulative hottie (Mila Kunis), and the occasional horse tranquilizer. The latest likely cult comedy from writer/director Mike Judge (Office Space, Idiocracy).
MONEY SHOTS: On the bottling floor, a chain reaction of laziness and incompetence results in would-be floor manager Steps (Clifton Collins Jr.) testicular injury. J.K. Simmons mouths “Oh my God!” at the sight of Kunis pulchritude. A dimwitted landscaper-turned-gigolo (Dustin Milligan) offers a soft-focus flashback to a poolside seduction. Joel coughs through a monster bong hit in an attempt to unwind. Wiig snaps and gives a relentlessly gabby neighbor (David Koechner) his just desserts.
FUNNIEST LINE: “Kind of makes you think of how fragile we all are … especially our balls,” reflects Joel following the on-the-job injury.
MOST CHARACTERISTIC LINE: “If theyre not going to do their job, Im not going to do mine! Im just gonna sit here!” declares a factory employee whose work ethic is no better than Office Space's white-collar drudges.
(Image courtesy Sam Urdank/Miramax Film Corp.)