Did Anyone See the Movie "Extract"? Seems Unlikely…


    I'm a big Mike Judge fan, dating back to “Office Space” (OK, and back to Beavis and Butthead, even, I'll admit).

    His sort of “sequel” to Office Space, “Extract,” is set in a factory. We don't get too many movies set in a factory… “Gung Ho” maybe. Extract opened September 4 in the U.S. and finished a disappointing 10th place for box office receipts that week. Here is the trailer:

    I'll see it eventually, even if on DVD or pay-per-view. Have you seen it? Is it any good? Any lessons to be learned, or just a funny movie?

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    1. Saw it. Fun, mindless entertainment. Give it 3 scoops instead of stars.

      Jim Baran
      Owner, VSL

    2. My 17 yr-old stepson took me to see it. He said I would relate because it is set in a factory (looks like that Lean Six Sigma stuff). He also thinks I look like Justin Bateman in the movie (is that good?). Didn't get much from a Lean standpoint out of it. It is more about characters lives outside factory (sex, drugs, scandal). Maybe the Lean lesson is if you pay zero attention to your operation then bad things will happen. Otherwise, decent, mindless entertainment. Good for bonding with your 17 yr-old stepson. 3 scoops.


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