I live in a house with a pair of teenage
girls, so the idea of having access to their diaries or their unfiltered
thoughts frightens me to no end, especially after watching The Diary of a Teenage Girl.
Julie and Jason take notes as the arrival of children seems to rip the
romance out of the relationships of their coupled friends, the
ever-horny Ben and Missy and the humorously
rock-solid Leslie and Alex. The six are
lively and cultured New Yorkers enjoying their version of Sex and the City,
but all of them are vaguely aware, in theory, that kids will challenge
their ability to dine out in style and vacation with ease.
Will Forte's obvious parody of the TV show most people knew was lame in the first place, 'MacGyver,' offers an amazing lack of creativity. 'MacGyver' was funny because it was stupid. 'MacGruber' is stupid because somebody thinks it's actually funny. Grade: D-plus.
As prolific as writer/director Mike Judge has been throughout a stellar career that includes such television staples as 'Beavis and Butt-Head' and 'King of the Hill' and cult films as 'Office Space' and 'Idiocracy,' it's to his detriment (and ours) that he hasn't done more feature films. The tone of 'Extract' is spot-on, but unfortunately Judge never manages to bring the humor to a boil. Grade: B-.