Extract

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(2009) ★★

Film4: PREMIERE Monday 29 June, 11.05pm

The owner and general manager of a flavour extract company, Jason Bateman faces ruin when longtime employee Clifton Collins Jr loses a testicle in a freak industrial accident. Time to take a hit on that dope supplied by best friend Ben Affleck, a pot-head bartender. Shame it’s ketamine. All grist to the mill for con-artist Mila Kunis, who’s going to take Bateman to the cleaners. After the funny cult item Office Space (Film4, Monday 1.40am), a vacant factory floor farce from Mike Judge, past master of cringey comedy (Beavis & Butthead, Idiocracy). Gamely played, this one’s far too silly to qualify as any kind of satire. Judge, fortunately, relocated his funny bone by producing HBO’s Silicon Valley, which actually has a proper plot and an even better ensemble cast than the one at work here. And that includes Whiplash dinkus J.K. Simmons.

Certificate: 15

Duration: 92min