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Mike Judge, Finding A Comic 'Extract' In The Office

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Mike Judge, Finding A Comic 'Extract' In The Office

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Mike Judge, Finding A Comic 'Extract' In The Office

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Not so vanilla: Joel "The Extract King" Reynolds (Jason Bateman) tries to create an excuse for his own romantic restlessness by facilitating an extramarital affair for his wife. Extract is the latest from writer and director Mike Judge. Sam Urdank/Miramax Film Corp hide caption

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Not so vanilla: Joel "The Extract King" Reynolds (Jason Bateman) tries to create an excuse for his own romantic restlessness by facilitating an extramarital affair for his wife. Extract is the latest from writer and director Mike Judge.

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Mike Judge — yes, the man who brought us Beavis and Butt-Head — has a new movie coming out Sept. 4. It's a comedy called Extract, and it stars Arrested Development's Jason Bateman and Saturday Night Live's Kristen Wiig.

Bateman's character, known as "the Extract King," runs a factory that makes, yes, vanilla extract and other food flavorings. Business is fine, but things aren't so great at home — and he's hoping to nudge his wife into an affair with a none-too-clever gigolo, so he'll feel less guilty starting his own extramarital adventure with a comely new employee (played by Mila Kunis).

Meanwhile, hijinks erupt on the assembly line — just in time for buyout negotiations with a major corporation. KISS frontman Gene Simmons also has a role in the film as a bus-bench lawyer.

After Beavis and Butt-Head, Judge went on to write and direct the cult classic film Office Space, and he created King of the Hill, the Emmy-winning animated comedy series on Fox. He joins Fresh Air to talk some of the real-life characters that inspired his animated ones — and why he's changed his point of view in his new workplace comedy.

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