Finally, A Non-Apatow Comedy!

Published 6 years ago by , Updated April 9th, 2009 at 8:12 am,

extract trailer Finally, A Non Apatow Comedy!

Yes, I know, God forbid I say anything that is not amazingly positive about Judd Apatow. He’s the latest comedy golden boy and he’s brought us Knocked Up, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Pineapple Express. But he’s also been the guy behind Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Drillbit Taylor and Stepbrothers.

The first batch was funny, but you couldn’t pay me to go see the second bunch. (I tried to sit through Talladega Nights but failed.)

But now we have another film from a guy I really like: Mike Judge.

The film is called Extract, and we have the trailer for you below.

Mike Judge has been involved with such iconic funny stuff as Beavis and Butthead and King of the Hill. High on fans’ niche/cult lists is his most excellent film Office Space – but one movie that he made and I loved was buried by the studio (20th Century Fox – SURPRISE!): Idiocracy. In that film, a less than average intelligent guy ends up 500 years in the future, where stupid people have out-bred intelligent people, and society consists of a vast population of ignorant, dumbed-down morons.

Personally, I found the movie hysterical and more than a little prophetic, but I guess it hit too many people too close to home and ended up not doing so well. icon razz Finally, A Non Apatow Comedy!

Anyway, his latest film is called Extract, and it looks pretty damned funny. It stars Jason Bateman, Ben Affleck, Kristen Wiig, J.K. Simmons and Mila Kunis.

Here’s the synopsis:

Joel, played by Jason Bateman (“Juno,” “Arrested Development”), is one step away from selling his flavor extract factory and retiring to easy street when a freak workplace accident sets in motion a series of disasters that puts his business and personal life in jeopardy.

Check out the trailer below:


Extract gets a limited release on September 4, 2009 and hopefully goes wide a week later.

Image source: EW

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  1. Looks like this is going to be a brilliant film.

  2. Bateman keeps getting the hotties in his movies.
    Juno- Jennifer Garner
    Hancock- Scarlet however you spell it
    And Mila Kunis in this one, lucky sob lol

  3. It looks good. I’m in……

  4. ROFL. I love Mike Judd. Idiocracy was brilliant IMO. I SO can see that future Starbucks.

    This one looks like it will also be fantastic :)

  5. yes thank goodness. I liked a lot of Apatow or “Apatow style” stuff but there’s just been too many of his movies saturating the market as of late with the same actors over and over again. I’m getting tired of the style and Seth Rogen for that matter.

    This looks like a refreshing change. JK Simmons? He’s awesome. Bateman? I’m down for this.

  6. You know what Vic, after your April Fool’s Joke about that Monotone-clown, Idiocracy IS prophecy! Good thing we’ll be too old to deal with it and let our offspring handle the nonsense.

    Here is one thing about the ‘Apatow’ style, I hear everyone say that the dude is a comedic genius but he has said it countless times in his commentary that the best/funniest parts of all his films are when he lets the actors do improv with the material! Then he jokes about how he takes all the credit, which is great when you think about it. I got no problem with the guy but you can differentiate the films that are successful when he lets his actors go off the script and to those that stay with it.

  7. It’s what plants crave!

  8. Looks good. Though Observe and Report, Adventureland, and I love you, man are not Apatow comedies and they are AWESOME

  9. @Adam C

    I should have specified Apatow/Rogen in the post. :-P


  10. I haven’t even looked at the trailer yet but right off the bat I know I’m going to see this movie. Everything I’ve seen from Judge puts me in stitches.

  11. But yea, I didn’t think it was possible to like Pineapple Express and not think Step Brothers was hilarious, and there’s already non-Apatow comedies coming out and killing it, like The Hangover and Bruno.

    What are you talking about?

  12. @Paterick

    I got you to comment, didn’t I? :-P

    It just seems that over the last couple of years every other comedy out there is either a Judd Apatow or Seth Rogen film, or a combination of the two.


  13. I have a question Vic, how come there are movies that only get a limited release or at least start out with a limited release?? I am just curious. I was always excited for “Fanboys” but that was only limited :(

  14. @Dman,

    I’m not really sure – maybe it’s to test the waters before they go for a wider distribution? If it doesn’t do well, they don’t bother? A sense of exclusivity for the cities where it DOES open?

    I should know that, huh… :-)


  15. Ah, I sure did love Office Space too.

  16. The Apatow/Rogen crew movies are at least funny, compared to the Farrelly Bros/Ben Stiller/Will Ferrell shitfests we were used to before.

    “Personally, I found the movie hysterical and more than a little prophetic, but I guess it hit too many people too close to home and ended up not doing so well.”

    Or maybe it just sucked?

  17. @Marcus

    Or maybe Fox buried it and gave it a limited distribution.

    And maybe it hit too close to home – like, totally.



  18. I haven’t seen Kunis in a while…


    Ahem… getting a hold of myself now.

  19. What’s with the hate towards Walk Hard? It was hilarious and easily the best spoof movie in a very long while.

  20. You want to see Kunis looking oh so fine you need to watch Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I guess that 70′s garb was covering it all up! I love her now! Between her and Kristen Bell the hero made the right choice in that flick!

  21. I thought Walk Hard was great. And it gets better on further watching. Pineapple Express is an aquired taste. I thought James Franco did a great job. I didn’t see GG Jr. with a huge chip on his should anywhere!

    I loved Idiocracy and that’s another film that gets funnier each time you see it. If that’s the future of hooking, I might sign up for it! Easy money, no sweat, literally.

    Has anyone seen Mike Judge’s newest animated show? The Goode Family? It’s pretty good and the commentary about environmentally correct people and the way they shop…I think this might be another classic in the making.

    Still, Office Space RULES!! And you can’t go wrong with Gary Cole no way no how. I thought that he was good in Pineapple Express.

    Love Jason Batemen. I can’t wait to see this new movie. He has an understated delivery that’s just hilarious and age has only improved him.