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Joel, the owner of an extract plant, has to come to deal with his wife possible cheating on him with a younger man, his workers turning against each other and him, and a temp worker who has an attraction for the boss.
Comedy - This is a dry, somewhat raunchy comedy aimed at younger adult
audiences. Fans of Mike Judge's dry comic style will enjoy.
Language and sexual and drug humor make the film inappropriate for
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 42 moviegoers:
TEENS:Just one of the six males really enjoyed it. Most of the rest rated it average. Needless to say, these aren't very good reviews.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The five males and females all rated it "Very God," which indicates an above average movie. That's a pretty good review, but certainly not great.
ADULTS:These are some poor reviews from the males. Only a small percentage truly enjoyed it. Most rated it average to below average with some truly hating it. The female reviews are a bit better. Close to half of them rated it above average, but there aren't very many high reviews and there are lots of low to very low reviews. Not a movie that I would recommend.
A small business
owner employs an odd cast of losers, loners and misfits in his flavor extract factory.
To the outside eye, Joel Reynold (Jason Bateman) seems to have everything. After all,
being the owner of a business he built from the ground up - with its patented brand of culinary
extracts - should make the "Extract King" a happy man.
However, if Joel hasn't reached his front door by 8 o'clock, he'll find his wife, Suzie
(Kristen Wiig) cinching up her sweatpants - and about as interested in him as he is in her
mastery of supermarket coupon design. Sexually frustrated, Joel confides in his best pal, Dean
(Ben Affleck), a barkeep - and soon finds himself wrapped up in a convoluted scheme to make
Suzie cheat on him first with a dim-witted gigolo (Dustin Milligan) - thereby allowing him to pursue
beautiful new employee Cindy (Mila Kunis) with a clear conscience. Unbeknownst to Joel, the
object of his affections is a con artist/sociopath - just one step away from having her parole
Meanwhile, Joel and his second-in-command, Brian (J.K. Simmons) have entered
negotiations for a buyout of Reynold Extracts by General Mills. All they need to do is keep things
tidy, quiet and moving while waiting for the final offer. Of course, this fails to take into account the
employees on the factory floor: Step (Clifton Collins, Jr.), a machismo-ridden doofus and
"fastest sorter" with lofty aspirations of rising to Floor Manager; Rory (T.J. Miller), a
goth-rock geek who spends more time passing out flyers for his band than shuffling extract
bottles; and Mary (Beth Grant), a fanny-packed, bitter slouch at the end of the assembly line
who'd rather fold her arms and shake her head than keep life at Reynold moving along - which is
exactly what she's doing when a bottleneck occurs on the line, resulting in a chain of accidents
that cost poor Step a portion of his manhood.
Seeing a big payday, the con-artist temp woos the otherwise-loyal Step, convincing him
to sue for millions, engaging bus bench lawyer Joe Adler (KISS's Gene Simmons) to "fight for his
rights" - regardless of the fact that doing so will cost Joel the factory.
With his dry wit and remarkable ear for character and dialogue, Mike Judge brings his
trademark "flavor" to these seemingly disparate threads, tying them together into an antic comedy
about life in the middle.