Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Work-set comedy dwells on sex, marriage; not for young kids.
  • R
  • 2009
  • 91 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Throughout the movie, characters question loyalty in all its forms -- to your marriage, to your workplace, but in the end, the "right thing" is pretty much enforced. Some characters make comments that verge on sexist and or stereotypical (leering at women, comments regarding different races, etc.), but it doesn't get too extreme.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Just about everyone behaves badly in the movie: The lead character hires a gigolo to bed his wife so he can cheat guilt-free, another character steals and cons her way through the film (sometimes gleefully), yet another is prejudiced, and the male characters do their share of leering at the women. But it’s all played in jest, and Joel is basically a nice guy in the most fundamental sense of the word.


A guy beats someone up, though all viewers see is the shiner he gets afterward, rather than the actual hit. A woman literally scolds a neighbor to death.


Sex and hooking up are implied and discussed (including phrases like "hit that" and "give it to you") quite frequently, but it doesn't get too raunchy, and nothing physical -- not even underwear-clad characters -- is seen. There's some leering at attractive women on the part of men, and a guy tries to kiss a girl, but she demurs. A husband pays another man to seduce his wife.


Crude and rude, with everything from  “s--t” (many times) and a few uses of "f--k" to "laid," "damn," "c--k," "ass," "damn," "hell," "goddamn," and "oh my God."


A smattering of product placements and logos, including Best Western, Heineken, and Pepsi.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking, plus a scene in which a character smokes dope via a bong. A man encourages his best friend to take a pill thinking it’s a Xanax, but it’s actually a harder drug (“Special K”).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this lukewarm workplace comedy from Mike Judge (of King of the Hill and Office Space fame) includes a good bit of talk about sex, but no actual sex scenes or nudity (though many of the male characters do their share of leering at women). Three men smoke pot with a bong, and there's some social drinking and salty language (including "f--k" and "s--t"), as well as a few comments that stray into sexist/stereotype territory. The main character contemplates adultery and comes up with a way to do so without guilt (or so he thinks).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byZhash August 7, 2012


This film is Rated R for language, sexual references and some drug use. The profanity and drugs is nothing a teenager cannot handle. The sex talk is not graphi... Continue reading
Adult Written byilikemusik23 December 24, 2009

Better than i expected

I was expecting this movie to be more of a rental but it was actally a lot better than i expected. It's funny but not Laugh-out-loud funny, but what i real... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byChris motionless March 18, 2017

Ok for a 15+

Not recommended for kids under 15
Teen, 16 years old Written byBestPicture1996 July 13, 2012

Amusing and subtly comedic

So maybe people aren't throwing pies into each other's faces for laughs, but I found this movie to be pretty funny. Judge has a dry sense of humor, t... Continue reading

What's the story?

Joel (Jason Bateman) is stuck in a frigid marriage. His wife, Suzie (Kristen Wiig), won’t sleep with him if he gets home past 8 p.m. -- which he often does, since he runs a factory that makes food flavorings. A misguided plan hatched with the help of his best friend, Dean (Ben Affleck), has Joel setting Suzie up so she cheats first, theoretically leaving him free to indulge in his attraction to a new temp (Mila Kunis). And that’s not the only mess on his hands: His workers barely work, his second-in-command won’t bother to learn their names, and an injured employee is threatening to sue.

Is it any good?

You'd think a partnership between Mike Judge and Jason Bateman couldn't possibly misfire -- but in EXTRACT, it sadly does. Funny in parts but hardly witty, not to mention heavily dependent on immature humor, it fails to achieve the absurd charm of Judge’s beloved Office Space. While the engaging Bateman still manages to make a guy who pays for someone else to have sex with his wife appealing, none of the other characters are. (Affleck isn't half-bad as a stoner bartender, but Jeff Spicoli he ain’t.) And, likable or not, even Bateman can’t make Joel’s boredom interesting.

The movie's pacing is also woefully slack considering how many jokes are flung -- not that they’re all zingers -- and some showdowns meant for laughs (one particular neighborly confrontation comes to mind) seem downright mean. While there are some moments of hilarity, as when Suzie attempts to talk with her gigolo, there just aren’t enough of them to elevate the film to anywhere approaching greatness.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's style of humor. Who is it intended to appeal to? Does it succeed?

  • Are the movie's characters portrayed fully or stereotypically? What did you think of how the male characters viewed the female ones? Do you think they saw them as sex objects?

  • What do you think of Joel’s relationship with his wife? Are their challenges typical of a modern marriage? How did they get to thispoint in their life?

Movie details

  • In theaters: September 4, 2009
  • On DVD or streaming: December 22, 2009
  • Cast: Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis
  • Director: Mike Judge
  • Studio: Miramax
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 91 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language, sexual references and some drug use
  • Last updated: September 17, 2020

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