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Man in the Middle: Mike Judge’s “Extract”

Man in the Middle: Mike Judge's "Extract"

A rallying cry for the put-upon boss, Mike Judge’s Extract makes for a perverse double feature with Office Space (1999), Judge’s cult favorite about cubicle life. Both movies are set in the modern workplace and, more generally, wallow in the American quotidian. But where Office Space sympathized with the drones and skewered corporate culture, Extract flips the perspective—here we see things through the eyes of management. “Is This Good for the COMPANY?” read a banner in Office Space, a deadpan flourish that lampooned the corporate mentality. The banner doesn’t make an appearance in Extract, even if it’s all but preached in earnest as a parting moral.

Click here to read Elbert Ventura’s review of Extract.

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