Well, of course itâ€™s a Mike Judge movie, so attention must be paid, if he is your cup of tea, directorially speaking. Be warned that this is more of an amiable and character-driven movie than a manic and plot-driven movie, so the humor (well, with the exception of an assembly-line accident with painfully embarrassing results to one character) is fairly low-key. Itâ€™s more a gentle ramble along a scenically convoluted path, rather than a high-speed chase.
The plot, such as it is, involves Joel (Jason Bateman), the manager/owner of a small but profitable flavor-extract enterprise, on the verge of selling the company on favorable terms, and retiring to a life of leisure and luxury. He is the linchpin; around whom revolve and occasionally frustrate an assortment of characters â€“ including but not limited to â€“ his bored wife (Kristen Wiig), a deadly boring neighbor (David Koechner), a new employee (Mila Kunis) of dubious ethical principles and a taste for dressing down (way, way down!), old employees of varying degrees of ineptitude, and a best friend (Ben Affleck) with a penchant for offering really, really bad advice â€“ like hiring the pool-man to test his wifeâ€™s virtue. How life unravels â€“ and then ravels again for Joel and the factory is unfolded in a series of quirky and humorous tableaux. Itâ€™s all very genial, occasionally pointed, and very, very Mike Judge.
Having been occasionally afflicted with a neighbor who always managed to appear at the most inconvenient times, with the most pointless conversation, and being almost oblivious to indications that â€“ look, I wasnâ€™t interested and had things to do! I laughed the most at the scenes with Joelâ€™s neighborhood nemesis â€“ does everyone but the viciously anti-social hermits have one of those sorts of neighbor?
The extra on this DVD is basically a documentary about the making of â€“ which did have some interested tid-bits; such as being filmed on location in an actual bottling plant.
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Sgt. Mom is a free-lance writer and member of the Independent Authors Guild who lives in San Antonio and contributes to the on-line literary magazine, The Deepening. Her current book project, â€œThe Adelsverein Trilogyâ€ is also available at Amazon.com and selected local outlets. More about her books is at her website www.celiahayes.com.