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Joel, the owner of an extract plant, tries to contend with myriad personal and professional problems, such as his potentially unfaithful wife and employees who want to take advantage of him.

Director:

Mike Judge

Writer:

Mike Judge
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Bateman ... Joel
Mila Kunis ... Cindy
Kristen Wiig ... Suzie
Ben Affleck ... Dean
J.K. Simmons ... Brian
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Step
Dustin Milligan ... Brad
David Koechner ... Nathan
Beth Grant ... Mary
T.J. Miller ... Rory
Javier Gutierrez Javier Gutierrez ... Hector
Lidia Porto ... Gabriella
Gene Simmons ... Joe Adler
Matt Schulze ... Willie
Lamberto Gutierrez Lamberto Gutierrez ... Victor
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Storyline

Joel, the owner of an extract manufacturing plant, constantly finds himself in precarious situations that steadily worsen by the minute. First, his soon-to-be floor manager acquires a serious injury in a machine malfunctioning accident that subsequently endangers the wellbeing of his company. Second, his personal life doesn't fair much better when he takes the advice of his bartending friend Dean during a drug-induced brainstorming session on how to test his wife's faithfulness. Finally, compounding these catastrophes is new employee Cindy, who happens to be a scam artist intent on milking the company for all its worth. Now, Joel must attempt to piece his company and his marriage back together all while trying to figure out what he's really after in life. Written by The Massie Twins

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's not a lover. He's not a fighter. He's a small business owner. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual references and some drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Glavni sastojak See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,513,634, 6 September 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,814,185, 11 October 2009
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gary Cole: In the first bar scene, Gary Cole (who played Bill Lumbergh in Mike Judge's Office Space (1999)) can be seen in the background, behind Joel (Jason Bateman) and Dean (Ben Affleck). See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, the music store employees call the pickups on the Gibson guitar "humbuckings." Those type of pickups are either called "humbuckers" or "humbucking pickups," but not "humbuckings." Someone picky enough to fuss about the difference between "color" and "finish" would likely be the same way about pickups. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Guitar Salesman #2: Yeah, it's expensive, but it's sweet. Yeah.
Guitar Salesman #1: Are you familiar with Gibson humbucking pickups at all, or...
Cindy: No, I'm sorry. I actually don't play. It's for my dad for his 50th birthday.
Guitar Salesman #1: That's, that's really sweet.
Cindy: Yeah, my sisters and I are all chipping in, so...
Guitar Salesman #2: Your dad will love these humbuckings. I mean, they really kick ass.
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Crazy Credits

There is a short scene during the end credits. See more »

Connections

References Dancing with the Stars (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Hoogie Boogie
(1949)
Written by Bernard Besman, John Lee Hooker
Performed by John Lee Hooker
Courtesy of Cleopatra Records
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Great fun!
7 September 2009 | by orangeisthenewawesomeSee all my reviews

I went in to see this movie with pretty low expectations after having read the tepid reviews here and seeing the film only got 63% on rotten tomatoes. I was really pleasantly surprised! First of all, Jason Bateman is awesome and his strength and performance really carry this film. There are a couple of memorable supporting characters but for the most part I felt the actors playing the supporting characters could have been better. Ben Affleck is amusing. Kristen Wiig is a great foil for Jason Bateman.

The story is fairly simple but eventful and effective. I laughed out loud several times. The running time is perfect at 90 minutes. Overall, my husband and I loved this movie and were very entertained. I recommend it.


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