From Beavis and Butt-Head to King of the Hill to Office Space, Mike Judge has become our most dogged examiner of middle-American foolishness; no other comedy filmmaker more skillfully exploits that nagging sense that you’re surrounded by idiots. This acerbic farce centers on a small flavor-extract plant whose bored owner (Jason Bateman), frustrated with his dull-witted employees and sex-free marriage, gets a serious case of the hots for his slinky new employee (Mila Kunis). Egged on by his callow buddy (a slumming Ben Affleck), he hires a brain-dead pool boy (Dustin Milligan) to seduce his wife (Kristen Wiig), reasoning that her infidelity will give him license to cheat. As usual with Judge, stupidity isn’t just rampant—it’s contagious. With J.K. Simmons, David Koechner, Clifton Collins Jr., and KISS bassist Gene Simmons as a reptilian personal-injury lawyer. R, 90 min.
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