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Harry EXTRACTs a lot of laughs from Mike Judge's Latest!

Went to the premiere of EXTRACT tonight. I really haven't liked any of the spots on TV nor any of the trailers. I was there as one of the sponsors for the event, though I'm not real sure how that happened. I'm relatively sure that I was never even asked about it. Seriously Yet there on the marquee was AICN. No, I was there because my wife and I worship KING OF THE HILL nightly on Adult Swim. Watching a little bit of Hank Hill's familial and friendly existence is just the thing to give you just a taste of joy, before going to sleep. I missed OFFICE SPACE on its initial run. Never had a chance to see IDIOCRACY in theaters, so other than the BEAVIS & BUTTHEAD DO AMERICA 'event' premiere way back when... I haven't attended or seen a Mike Judge film theatrically. And that is not a badge of honor. It's a badge of shame, hung squarely around the neck of the folks at Fox that really seemed to relish tormenting a man, from all accounts, that is just about as regular a guy as you could ever hope to meet. Not that I've really met Mike Judge. We see each other around, but frankly. The man intimidates me. KING OF THE HILL kills me regularly - and watching the show with my wife is one of just the flat out plain simple joys of life. You don't have to plan it, it just happens and it makes us happy. And figuring out how to explain that to a man... well, honestly - its fucking embarrassing. Well, I went into this event today not even sure of the story. When I ran that contest the other day - and asked for Work Related Accident Stories... I thought the story was all about a man getting his nuts destroyed, as far as I knew, there'd be a bike race in France for a 3rd act. I didn't know. So as I settled into my place, it was with a bit of hesitation. I hadn't really heard any buzz on the quality of the film, but well. Let's just let Mike take over - and that's exactly what happened once the film unfurled. The overriding theme of the story is the fact that Jason Bateman only gets laid about once every 3 months - and frankly. That's not doing it for him. Meanwhile, he's noticed that if he gets home after his wife puts on sweatpants, there's no chance at nookie. Now, rather than having a frank discussion with his wife, he goes to a bar he used to work at, to chat up his good friend played by Ben Affleck... and spills it all to him. And he, of course, has all the answers to Jason's problems. It involves drugs, alcohol, a gigolo and his wife. I won't say a damn thing about what happens from those elements, but it gets pretty hilarious right from the get-go. MEANWHILE - at the Extract plant that Jason owns, General Mills has put in an offer to buy his company, which would allow him to retire. But things there get complicated as well. And then there's the new hot girl that everyone wants to fuck. Which infinitely complicates things further. Soon you have a film about vaguely insane motivations, all of which are understandable, but Jason ends up in a world turned upside down. And it looks very bad for him. BTW - the worse it is for Jason, the better it is for all of us. Because his suffering is directly related to my laugh quotient. Jason is great in the film, but really... Ben Affleck shines incredibly brightly as "the best friend". One member of the audience was so smitten with the role Affleck plays here - that she asked if that was what he was really like, and Jason kind of said that it was. What is great about it is that it feels real and genuine. The humor is never forced or extremely gaggy. It just evolves naturally. This feels like a film in the same universe as OFFICE SPACE. It is completely different, but if the characters in OFFICE SPACE needed Cherry Extract for some amazing baked goods... it would be this cherry Extract. And they'd love it. At every level, it is funny. From the gigolo "dumb blonde boy" to Gene Simmons' hilarious turn as the slimiest claims lawyer we have seen in a while. I found that stuff especially funny, having spent a bit of time with Gene at Comic Con. It is hilarious. Another great character is Ben's smoking buddy in the film, "Willie" as played by Matt Schulze. Now Matt isn't quite a name actor yet. Not a name you recognize right off, but it's little roles like this which have earned him so many cool points it isn't funny. You may remember his Chupa character from BLADE II or in THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, he played Vince, the guy with the hots for Jordana Brewster, but constantly having that Blonde punk fucking up his traction. Well in EXTRACT he plays a stoner. But he isn't like any stoner I've really seen on film before. He's that guy, with the extreme equipment, the blowtorch lighter, the 6ft long bong - and he's absolutely militant about method. He's extremely funny and scary in the film. Great little role. In fact, every little role is a great little role. Like Ms Sparkle Motion on the line at the Extract plant. Hilarious. JK Simmons and his inability to remember ANYBODY's name. Great. Mike has all these characters and they're all great. He does that by always making sure that when they're on screen they're adding to their character. That through their actions and words we identify more clearly with the essence of who these people are - and then we recognize our own lives in them. And it is his ability to find universal regular truths that just resonate with laughter pitch perfectly. I'm really fond of this one. This will be the best treated Mike Judge release in his live-action history, mainly because the good people at Miramax won't bury this comedy treasure like those beasts at Fox did. EXTRACT is very funny. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • Aug. 19, 2009, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Looking forward to it

    by david26

    Watched a TV spot tonight for this film and it looks pretty funny.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Mike Judge is always going to being laughs

    by BadMrWonka

    I thought Idiocracy was a great premise, but a pretty flawed movie. but there's still more laughs in it than 95% of comedies.<p>add in Jason Bateman to the Judge mix, mix in a little Kristin Wiig, sprinkle on a little heavy handed cooking metaphor by a random talkbacker, and you've got my ticket! fuck my eyeballs!<p>I hate myself.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 1:37 a.m. CST

    "going to be being laughs"?

    by BadMrWonka

    ironically, I just typo'd "bring"...and ended up without a typo, but more a grammatical abortion...<p>again...I hate my life.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Mike Judge is brilliant—

    by blakindigo

    His short animations were legendary back in the day."King of the Hill" isn't really my cup of tea (although it has GREAT voice acting) and his features are also brilliant (and one is a certified classic).<br><br>He's a hard working dude.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 2:05 a.m. CST

    King Of The Hill really is fantastic

    by IForgotAbout19

    Such a dry, hilarious thing even just to look at.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 2:09 a.m. CST

    in b4 KOTH "overrated" or "past its time"

    by WickedJacob

    KOTH is awesome.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 2:14 a.m. CST

    hey Harry, can't believe the trailer didn't suck you in at first

    by AshesOfDonnie

    When i first saw the trailer (it was red band i believe) I was hooked. Never have laughed so hard at a trailer, especially seeing Jason Bateman cough out those plumes of smoke, fucking hilarious. I'm glad you lied so I know I'm in for a treat when this one rolls along!

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 2:18 a.m. CST


    by CarlThorMark1978

    High school years along with Ren & Stimpy. Whatever happened to quality animated programs on MTV? It’s amazing that Daria lasted as long as it did considering that those morons cancelled such great cartoons as Undergrads and Downtown.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 2:20 a.m. CST

    hank hill is a pimp.

    by ironic_name

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Marketed like The Hangover

    by Wrecks

    Very strange commercial spots for this one. A night he'll never remember... right. But hey, asses in seats for Judge is a good thing. Lie it up marketing team.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Gene Simmons?

    by Monkey Butler

    Or JK Simmons? Or both?

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 2:45 a.m. CST

    I agree the tv spots suck...

    by ottomatic

    including the cgi smoke coming from Justin Bateman.Still its Mike Judge so I will check it out.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Lady's love KOTH,

    by OfficerJunior

    It's a very small universal truth. Not very impressed with Judge's new show on ABC. The Goode Family, it's the same character as Mr. VanDriesen from Beavis and ButtHead. that didn't hurt KOTH though, Hank Hill is the same character as Tom Anderson from B and B. I thought idiocracy was a great idea but poorly acted. "Go away, I'm 'batin'" Fucking brilliant.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 3:25 a.m. CST


    by axemurder

    Banging the eyeballs out of your wife before you go to sleep is what's needed. Not a cartoon.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Appreciation of KotH slowly creeps up on you over the years

    by smackfu

    I hated it when it first started...then I started noticing a subtle cleverness...then I started dealing with Americans from the South (I'm Canadian) and realized the show is genius.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 4:23 a.m. CST

    King of the Hill is...

    by StarchildAD

    Sesame Street for Adults

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 5:11 a.m. CST

    still havn't re-watched it twice of three times yet harry???

    by TheManWhoCan

    well done!

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 5:14 a.m. CST

    The Perfect Word For KOTH...

    by Marlowespade .... charming. Seriously, it's just a nice, charming, peaceful comedy that offers up occasional too-funny-to-be-true laughs mixed with too-true-to-be-funny laughs that makes it universal and funny with a generous spirit. It's impossible to hate the show, and impossible to love. People will look back on KOTH and remember, "That show was really... charming"

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 5:30 a.m. CST

    People who watch movies should recognize Schulze brothers

    by JackRabbitSlim

    They've been in a lot of movies over the past ten years or so though I can never differentiate between the two.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 7:13 a.m. CST

    JK Simmons AND Gene Simmons in one film????

    by YackBacker

    Oscar fucking gold. Mike Judge should get the keys to the city for that casting alone. I'm a fucking giggle-box over here just imagining the comic possibilities.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 7:21 a.m. CST

    If Mila Kunis doesn't flash her tits like in Sarah Marshall...

    by tylerzero

    ...regardless of how awesomely funny this movie is, I will still leave disappointed.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 7:22 a.m. CST


    by palewook

    made me a Judge fan for life, will give anything he makes a chance to win me over now. he's hit or miss. when he hits though, its brilliant.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 7:23 a.m. CST

    N/M, just read that said tits weren't hers.

    by tylerzero

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 7:26 a.m. CST

    The movie was quite funny

    by Xionsmith

    I was there last night, and I must say it was quite funny. Even seeing it from the Upper Balcony 3 row from the back, I enjoyed it. I had never watched a move from 3 stories up, but at the Paramount it wasn't to bad. I think this movie is going to be like Office Space. Funny the first time you watch it, but gets better and better the more you see it.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 7:44 a.m. CST


    by Aquatarkusman

    Jason Bateman : Ron Livingston :: Ben Affleck : Diedrich Bader?

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 7:49 a.m. CST


    by JuanSanchez

    "I hadn't really heard any buzz on the quality of the film, but well. Let's just let Mike take over". "only gets laid about once every 3 months - and frankly. That's not doing it for him." Come on, Harry - plug these reviews into Word, spellcheck them and read them over once or twice. There's nothing charming about these kinds of fuck ups. It's doesn't have to be perfect, but the mistakes shouldn't mess up the flow of the read.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Love Judge

    by bah

    I've liked everything he's done. His sense of humor really is unique. His visions are incredibly true to life -- hyper-real, maybe. I even watched every episode of Goode Family, which wasn't great, but did make my sides hurt more than once over its short run. The pilot was weak, but it got much, much better. Gutterball rocked.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 8:18 a.m. CST


    by Bill Brasky

    Corporate accounts payable, Nina speaking. Just a moment. Corporate accounts payable, Nina speaking. Just a moment. Corporate accounts payable, Nina speaking. Just a moment. Corporate accounts payable, Nina speaking. Just a moment. Corporate accounts payable, Nina speaking. Just a moment. Corporate accounts payable, Nina speaking. Just a moment. Corporate accounts payable, Nina speaking. Just a moment. Corporate accounts payable, Nina speaking. Just a moment. Corporate accounts payable, Nina speaking. Just a moment.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 8:20 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    Has spwaned two other shows. Who'd a thought. <P> Screw King of the Hill though, he should have spent more time doing the Animation show, but King of the Hill probably made him so much money.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Mike Judge

    by Series7

    Was even cut from Jackass 2. Dude really can't get a break theatrically.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 8:28 a.m. CST

    I'm buying Harry Idiots Guide to Grammar for Xmas

    by WickedJester

    2 paragraphs in and you've got more commas than Bill Gate's bank account.<br><br> Never seen 'frankly' used to end a sentence either, bravo.<br><br>/rant

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Ron Livingston

    by Series7

    Anyone watch his Greys Anatomy in space show?

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 8:35 a.m. CST


    by sarajevobot

    You're right; that is some maddening shit. However, I don't think it's a mistake. I have always assumed Harry does that to imply a certain speaking cadence and I have always felt like that makes it even more annoying.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 8:39 a.m. CST


    by KillerTomato

    But all that aside, you have to admit that this is one of the most calm, coherent, and well-written (for Harry) reviews in a while from the big man.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 8:45 a.m. CST


    by Lashlarue

    Hey, Peter. What's happening?

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Kristin Wiig

    by Series7

    Molly Shannon called and said that she wants her spot back on SNL. For every 1 character she has that gets half a giggle there is a seasons worth of characters that are horrible.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 9:05 a.m. CST

    What was spoiled in this review?

    by Series7

    Does Ben Affleck kill Hitler at the end of this or something?

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 9:57 a.m. CST


    by WickedJester

    Glad I wasn't the only one extremely annoyed by it.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 10:53 a.m. CST


    by I am_NOTREAL

    One of the underappreciated movies of the last several years. It did get a little tired before the end, but man, that first hour had me laughing my ass off.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Carl's Jr.

    by Series7

    Fuck you I'm eating.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Idiocracy Sucked

    by Stabby

    There I said it so that lockesbrokenleg doesn't have to. Seriously, though that film was a huge disappointment. Like everyone else I'm a giant Office Space fan and I had high hopes for Idiocracy. Just the premise alone is funnier than the actual film. I can count on Homer Simpson's hand how many laugh out loud moments there are in Idiocracy. For those of you poor at math, that's one less time than five.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Dammit, tylerzero!

    by Stabby

    Now, I have to rent Forgetting Sarah Marshal and I was really hoping to avoid that one. TinyUrls anyone of Mila Kunis from that movie?

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 11:11 a.m. CST

    No mention of Mila, Harry?

    by Beezbo

    What the hell?

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST


    by Dude_Abides

    King of the Hill, whats that like Family Guy before Family Guy? I tried watching that years ago and it made me want staple my eyes shut, I love Judge, but Hill was sooo overrated.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Harry, how can you leave out Koechner?!?! Biggest laugh of the m

    by ImMorganFreeman

    Comes from him at the end.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 11:58 a.m. CST

    We need to propel this movie to $100 million

    by SifoDyasJr.

    I want to see a Mike Judge movie massively succeed at the box office so he can have the same clout that Apatow has rather than being the cult following on DVD guy.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Yeaaaahhhh, I'm gonna need you to come in...

    by Alientoast

    ...on Saturday. Yeaahhh. And Sunday too. Yeaahh, that would be great. Ok, thanks.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Welcome to Costco. I love you.

    by SifoDyasJr.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 12:33 p.m. CST


    by IAmLegolas

    would have been a great movie if it wasn't so painful to watch, and by that I mean how accurate our piece of shit world will soon be like that. But that's what's so great about Mike Judge movies, they are painfully funny. "It's funny because it's true..." - Home J. Simpson

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST

    This article is so hard to read....

    by Kirbymanly

    The horrific grammar in this one takes the cake. "We see each other around, but frankly. The man intimidates me. KING OF THE HILL kills me regularly - and watching the show with my wife is one of just the flat out plain simple joys of life." Jumping Jesus! My cat understands English grammar better than Harry.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Loved Office Space, meh about Idiocracy...

    by kjmad25

    ... Idiocracy deserved to go straight to dvd. Not the worst thing I've ever watched, but far from the brilliance of Office Space. I really, really hope Extract is good.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST

    You're right Kirby...

    by kjmad25

    ... Harry really needs an editor or something. His grammar is atrocious. But maybe that adds to his charm? Nah, he should get an editor.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST

    I'm with Kirby

    by seppukudkurosawa

    I know tbat "I write as I talk" thing is your whole shtick, Harry, but only William Shatner talks the way you write. What with. All the random. Sentence breaks and all.<p> Now to check to see if there are any Daria episodes on Youtube.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Its funny that Harry always gives favorable ratings...

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm movies that are currently being advertised on this website. <p>Strange</p>

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 1:51 p.m. CST

    But...Office Space is hilarious...

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    ...and one of the best...comedies...ever!

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 1:52 p.m. CST

    I so did not write "tbat"

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Editing my posts to undercut my point, are we? Come on, you think I'd be so noobish as to leave in typos whilst I'm criticise someone else's grammar? Pfft.<p> (Although it probably was my typo).

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST

    by seppukudkurosawa

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 1:55 p.m. CST


    by seppukudkurosawa

    Me sober up now.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 2:01 p.m. CST


    by sarajevobot

    For sure. I think his reviews are steadily improving over the last seven or eight years. This is the first time I've ever seen anyone mention the simulated cadence/lunatic punctuation. It feels like we're really getting down to fine-tuning now.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 2:07 p.m. CST


    by sarajevobot

    Your 'I'm with Kirby' post made me laugh out loud. Even in print, Shatner imitations are top shelf stuff. Maybe Harry knows something we don't. Nah, he should get an editor. To hug the mountain. To envelop. That mountain.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 2:14 p.m. CST

    I stopped reading after

    by WickedJester

    "The overriding theme of the story is the fact that Jason Bateman only gets laid about once every 3 months - and frankly. That's not doing it for him. Meanwhile, he's noticed that if he gets home after his wife puts on sweatpants, there's no chance at nookie. Now, rather than having a frank discussion with his wife, he goes to a bar he used to work at, to chat up his good friend played by Ben Affleck"<br><br>If you handed a paper into school with those sentences in it, you'd still be taking remedial reading.<br><br>Posting Harry's articles into Word makes the page light up red and green like it's freakin' Christmas.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 3:39 p.m. CST


    by Kirbymanly

    "Posting Harry's articles into Word makes the page light up red and green like it's freakin' Christmas." That was friggin' hilliarious!!! :)

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 3:41 p.m. CST



    yeah, very funny. Like earlier this year when I wrote that RAVE of TRANSFORMERS 2 and ads were all over the site. Or like when I wrote that blowjob of a review for TERMINATOR SALVATION and there were ads on the site. Yeah, you nailed me man.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST



    that's because my secret identity is Santa Claus

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Mike Judge is the shit, but I don't know if I can...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    stomach anything with Buttchin Affleck. He's got a serious case of Fuckfaceitis. I must respectfully pass.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 3:46 p.m. CST

    I'm actually really looking forward to this one.

    by porterdsgn

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 3:51 p.m. CST

    LOL! Extract tailer is so-so, frankly. That's not doing it for h

    by ToMonicker

    Idiocracy is NOT about the FUTURE, it's about the PRESENT. However, it loses steam big time after about the first half hour or so. I know people that just love Hank and his brood, especially down here in the texas, where it's all too close to home, but that show just always was a little take it or leave it for me, frankly. Coma, coma, coma chameleon, Harrieeee!;-)

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 5:06 p.m. CST


    by Wrath4771

    You, good sir, made me pee my pants a little bit that was so funny. It's funny because it's true.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Beavis and Butthead

    by Wrath4771

    I miss those little bastards, but King of the Hill has the best line ever. "Bobby, if you weren't my son I'd hug you." Priceless.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 5:25 p.m. CST

    I would pay Mila Kunis an excessive amount of money...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS punch me in the groin and make me grilled cheese.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 5:37 p.m. CST

    HEADGEEK (Harry)...

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    ...I'm just razzing you, man. It just seems funny, sometimes, when I see such a raving review with the ad at the top or in the upper right hand of the screen. <p>Just seems like a conflict of interest...but I definitely understand this is a great place to advertise movies to movie geeks! We tend to congregate here (or, at least, come digging for info). </p> <p> And, yeah, I've read your more critical reviews (...and I typically agree with them). However, I sometimes wonder if the ads were purchased before the review (and subsequent your "inside coverage") or after the review is published. </p> <p>Of course, it is your website...your business...and your opinion. For the most part, I agree with the verdict of your reviews at least 90% of the time. This is probably more than any other film critic -- paper, website or television -- which is probably why I pop on this website every day. You're about a decade older than me, but we still have very similar tastes in all things geekery. </p> Besides, your review of STAR TREK was, hands down, the best and most accurate that I have read (regardless of ads, interviews or insider perks)!

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 6:04 p.m. CST

    When you put harry's reviews on microsoft word

    by mr_beaks_is_a_faggot

    the paper clip commits suicide by choking while masturbating.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Stop wit hthe goddamn horribly inappropriate period placeage!

    by oceanic86

    "The overriding theme of the story is the fact that Jason Bateman only gets laid about once every 3 months - and frankly. That's not doing it for him." Jesus fucking Christ, man. My 2nd grade self had better punctuation.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 6:28 p.m. CST

    And frankly. Everyone laughs.

    by Heckles

    Repetition can be so repetitive.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 8:18 p.m. CST


    by toadkillerdog

    Could you have back pedaled and sucked more ass in trying to weasel your way back into Harry's good graces? Nope. I don't think so. <p>Weasel.

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Mila Kunis

    by Mel_Gibsons_Nazi_Dad

    I've been in love with her since Forgetting Sarah Marshall and would very much like to lick her asshole. That's what love is right?

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 11:40 p.m. CST


    by Heckles

    I don't want to sound like a dick, but I truly don't understand how King of the Hill is supposed to be funny. I like most of Judge's work, but I could not stand KOTH and was amazed it lasted half as long as it did. Seriously, what do people find humorous about it?

  • Aug. 20, 2009, 12:12 a.m. CST


    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    Yes, it is. I know the answers. I wrote the book on it.

  • Aug. 20, 2009, 12:14 a.m. CST

    I never found King of the Hill funny either....

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    but you know what they say "to each their own."

  • Aug. 20, 2009, 12:24 a.m. CST

    KOTH rules

    by ironburl

    Favorite Episode: Kahn goes Hillbilly

  • Aug. 20, 2009, 12:28 a.m. CST

    KOTH is Funny

    by ironburl

    Because it is the opposite of Family Guy. Family Guy is a vomit of pop culture references with dispicable, shallow, rediculous, stereotyped characters. KOTH is written, has a plot, and tells a story with characters that are realistic. Sometimes you have to wait 8-10 minutes for the payoff, butr when you get it, it's a lot funnier than doing the Peanute Butter Jelly Dance or seeing a fake Mr. T dancing the macarena.

  • Aug. 20, 2009, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Harry. Seriously??? You're a writer??

    by brattyben

    I mean, what's with all the sentance fragments. Seriously? "I hadn't really heard any buzz on the quality of the film, but well." That's not even a complete sentance. And this little gem? "only gets laid about once every 3 months - and frankly." Big either need an editor, or go back to English 101. I love reading, and this takes me right out of it. Everytime!

  • Aug. 20, 2009, 1:31 a.m. CST


    by TELF

    Perfect, succinct evaluation. KOTH is a gem.

  • Aug. 20, 2009, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Holy shit....HARRY KNOWLES CAN'T WRITE!!

    by Fart_Master_Flex

    I can't believe how many people in this talk back are up in arms that my man Harry has fragmented sentences and misplaced punctuation. You are at Aintitcoolnews people. This is a laid back place for geeks to do our geek thing. If you want perfect grammar, go read the New Yorker. I will stick with this site.

  • Aug. 20, 2009, 12:41 p.m. CST

    will this be another underground hit?

    by HaterofCrap

    looks like took me a year to find idiocracy and love it.

  • Aug. 20, 2009, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Two Words Mila Junis

    by Chic N Stu

    Will be there opening night just for her alone. Like JK says in the trailer OMG!!

  • Aug. 20, 2009, 5:23 p.m. CST

    When do you see Avatar Harry?

    by bbbbeeeennnn

  • Aug. 20, 2009, 8:43 p.m. CST

    I'm sure this movie will be hilarious

    by Teddy Artery

    yet fail miserably at the box office. They just can't figure out how to market Judge's movies. Maybe they need to leave all that to Mike. The current ad looks kinda funny, but not "Mike Judge" funny, if that makes sense to anyone.

  • Aug. 20, 2009, 8:44 p.m. CST

    And another thing

    by Teddy Artery

    Harry, god love ya, but you need help composing your reviews. Please, man. Your grammar and style has not improved since day one on Ain't It Cool News. Sorry.

  • Aug. 20, 2009, 8:45 p.m. CST

    And one final thing

    by Teddy Artery

    "Extract" is not at all a good title for this flick. Office Space worked, Idiocracy worked, Extract ain't doin' it.

  • Aug. 20, 2009, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Brando has what plants crave

    by MacReady452

    What are electrolytes? Do you even know? Peggy Hill ruins every episode of king of the hill. even the ones she isnt in.

  • Aug. 20, 2009, 9:36 p.m. CST


    by slkboxrman

    i swear, im sick of all of u frackin grammar nazi's..this isnt school or a review of someones screenplay...its essentially a guys personal blog that he allows u to comment on...i doubt the majority of u spell correctly in all the texts im sure u send out every day unless ur really THAT anal....give harry and the rest of us that dont punctuate and the rest of that crap a break....that stuff belongs in school, we're not being graded here...losers.

  • Aug. 20, 2009, 9:53 p.m. CST

    beavis and butthead

    by slkboxrman

    needs to be made into a live action movie asap.....john heder is a perfect butthead, right down to the lips and finding an actor that looks like beavis would be a feat...anyone else agree ?

  • Aug. 20, 2009, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Affleck is good in comedies

    by Star Hump

    Funny in Good Will Cunting, Dazed and Confused and some other shit. I like 'ol Ben, but I'm one of the few I guess.

  • Aug. 20, 2009, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Saw it. Dug the hell outta it.


    Once again, Mike Judge has created a great comedy from what should be a crappy premise and crappy characters. He's a magician. The laughs come at a steady pace and the story, inexplicably, draws us in. There were a couple beats that I didn't care for, but overall I really enjoyed this one.

  • Aug. 21, 2009, 12:13 a.m. CST

    you're right Harry

    by happyboy

    not having seen Mike Judge's past work theatrically is a badge of shame for a geek. Office Space invented an entire genre of deadpan REALISTIC comedy and influenced everything from The Office and Napoleon Dynamite to Burger King commercials. As a truenote reflection of a segment of American society it's on par with what Cheever did for the quiet desperation of suburbia or NWA did for urban desolation. Idiocracy was biting (and farsighted) satire and has liberally borrowed in Hollywood a la Wall-E. Honestly KOTH is the lowest work that Judge has done. Hope this new movie gets handled decently. How the hell do hacks like Judd Apatow and Brett Ratner get mainstreet pimping while a home-grown American genius like Mike Judge get the shit end of the stick from Hollywood over and over

  • Aug. 21, 2009, 1:17 a.m. CST

    KOTH blows

    by MrClark

    I loved Office Space and I think I'll like Extract but KOTH is moronic. This must be a north/south thing. KOTH is clearly written for the NASCAR demographic while Family Guy is clearly written for those who have fucked there sister.

  • Aug. 21, 2009, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Fart Master

    by brattyben

    Yeah, this is a movie geek site, and sure, it's got that laid back quality to it, but, that's no reason not to use basic English skills. That's called laziness. Being laid back doesn't mean you can't at least try to form a complete sentance. Ya dig?

  • Aug. 22, 2009, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Harry, you should read Ebert's rule for being a critic

    by mistergreen

    You should NOT advertise movies on this site! But if you don't claim to be a critic, I guess that's fine.

  • Aug. 22, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST

    I can forgive the bad grammar, the style is boring

    by mistergreen

  • Aug. 22, 2009, 6:32 p.m. CST

    yeah can't beat Office Space

    by Rupee88

    that is one of those times when everything came together Pulp Fiction or Star Wars...maybe not quite as perfectly but same principle. But based of OS, I would give this a try.

  • Aug. 23, 2009, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Happy Boy

    by Life Proof

    Office Space was an influence on the Office? The show was already into production by the time the film was released in the UK...

  • Aug. 24, 2009, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Trailers Ain't Looking Too Cool

    by _Maltheus_

    <p>But, I love everything Mike Judge does, so I'm there opening day. Well, Goode Family was a little spotty, but whatever. Office Space is probably the best comedy of all time. But I almost like Idiocracy better because of the brilliant premise. I think they nailed the future better than any other sci-fi flick. And so many great quotable lines.</p> <p>King of the Hill was subtle, but consistently good. You sometimes had to rewind the lines in your head before hearing the joke, but it was always worth it.</p>

  • Aug. 29, 2009, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Office Space was a time thief

    by eb719

    Anyone who missed it, didn't miss much. We watched it recently and were stunned at how bad it truly was.

  • Aug. 29, 2009, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Regarding King of the Hill

    by malificus

    My youngest boy has made it a tradition for us to sit down and watch the KOTH block on Adult Swim every night I don't work. It's amazing how much he laughs at it and he always looks at me when a particularly funny thing happens with a great big smile, it's awesome. If you can't appreciate the Hank Hill death dream with Cotten Hill hanging from the side of the coffin instead of carrying it and Dale going "It should have been Bill.." then you just don't know what funny is. And I am looking forward to this film and Mila Kunis has always been SO super-fine.

  • Aug. 29, 2009, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Office Space

    by malificus

    I was a late comer to Office Space after hearing the typical "Dood you GOTTA SEE IT" for years. I liked it, it was good, though how it achieved such legend is beyond me.

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Ben Affleck looks like Peter Jackson in this

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    And why the FUCK is he still acting? State Of Play had Crowe, Mirren and McAdams, but Affleck totally loused up a generally compelling thriller. Gone Baby Gone proved he has some directorial chops, so why he still insists on acting is beyond me. What is this, 2002?

  • Sept. 7, 2009, 2:20 p.m. CST


    by torpor_haze

    But nowhere near as office space.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 11:09 p.m. CST

    This movie was awful.

    by The_Ritty

    No jokes. Even the Affleck was wasted...

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 3:04 p.m. CST

    9th at the box office - Seriously, the marketing was

    by AlienDragQueen

    terrible for this, and for that matter all his movies. Mike Judge gets no respect from the studios he works with. They give him limited releases and crappy marketing, and as a result his movies do poorly in theatres, but end up becoming cult classics on DVD and TV. Fuck you fucking studios!

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Just saw it.

    by Harold-Sherbort

    It had some really great moments, and maybe 2 or 3 minutes that lulled. But overall, definitly worth seeing. It's a shame it's not doing better than it is.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 5:20 a.m. CST

    This movie SUCKED

    by Mariusz

    I dig Judge's TV shit, but this flick sucked the big one, dudes! I laughed twice the whole damn movie. Glad I didn't pay for it...

  • Sept. 12, 2009, 3:02 p.m. CST

    One of my best moviegoing experiences (spoilers?)

    by brobdingnag

    I recently discovered that an old strip mall from the 70's, where I had viewed such classics as Bakshi's LOTR, Wizards, Heavy Metal and Excalibur was still around and the theater was still right where it had been for 30 years. The only other shop on the lower level is a Dojo as well just like it way back when. I really had to resist the urge to yell "sweep the leg" in the door. One of the differences was that they had made all the theaters smaller and now show a lot what I would describe as offbeat mainstream fare. It was also clearly the cool place to work for teens at that area. And by cool I mean it had a very Adventureland vibe. I complimented one kid on his bow-tie that was not a clip-on he had tied himself. I saw this movie the second time because it was with a group of friends that hadn't and I wanted to confirm that it actually was good. It was. There was a good amount of laughter by both audiences and they were both a good cross section of people. Matt Schulze and Affleck were both quite good which is surprising in both cases as I have not been a fan of either. The second viewing only strengthened my perception that this movie was not just funny but good. Best dialog of the film was Jason Batemman's response to Brad telling him that he and his wife were in love.

  • Sept. 17, 2009, 2:26 a.m. CST

    the trailers were unbelievably bad

    by Spazatronik2000

    although a lot of the laughs take a while to build up, the trailers are inexcusably un-funny. They are shockingly dull, pointless, and ineffective. The movie was funny, I liked it a lot.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST


    by ufoclub1977

    The first sentences of your post are so nostalgic, probably universally so to many on here. Puts me in a nostalgia trance.