Horrible Bosses

Cert: 15 Runtime: 98 mins Director: Seth Gordon Cast: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx

You can’t win a marathon without putting some bandaids on your nipples!

Friends Nick Hendricks (Jason Bateman), Kurt Buckman (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale Arbus (CharlieDay) are average guys who want to work hard to get ahead in their respective jobs, but they each have the same professional problem in achieving this goal: they have a horrible boss and a job difficult to escape without starting from scratch. At the financial firm where he works, Nick’s sadistic boss, Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey), has long implied to Nick that he is in line for a senior vice-president position which was the farthest thing from Dave’s mind. Kurt, who works for a family owned chemical company, used to have the best boss in the world in Jack Pellitt (Donald Sutherland) until he died, which meant that the reigns of the company were passed to his insensitive cocaine-induced son, Bobby Pellitt (Colin Farrell). And dental hygienist Dale’s boss, Dr. Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston), is sexually harassing him, which is made worse as Julia vows to tells Dale’s fiancée that they did sleep together if he doesn’t. He knows he can’t get another job due to being on the sexual predator list for an innocent incident. After the three initially joke about wanting to kill their respective bosses, Dale is the first to state that he really wants to do it, to which the other two agree. As they are just three average guys, they have no idea how to go about doing it or even hiring a hit-man. With a supposed hit-man named Motherfucker Jones (Jaime Foxx) as their killng advisor and television crime shows and old murder mystery movies as their guides, the three go about trying to determine the best way to kill the three bosses while keeping as far away from the crimes as possible. Even with their guides, they commit a few errors in the initial reconnaissance and intelligence gathering stage which may thwart the entire plan. The motivations of Julia, Bobby and especially Dave, as well as Nick, Kurt and Dale’s own morals may also factor into the success or failure of carrying out their mission.

Murder. Car chases. Scandal. Rape. Conspiracy. Blackmail. Revenge. These are usually the key words to a suspenseful drama, but in this case are applied to a dark comedy that is relentless, chaotic, and just as funny as advertised. Horrible Bosses is the type of movie that would make Danny DeVito proud, as it blends a fun plot full of fun twists with standout comedic performances, plenty of surprises, and the inability to ever become predictable. Unlike most recent R rated comedies, this film is raunchy without truly crossing the line, profane without becoming redundant and outrageous without becoming tedious. Don’t look now but this movie is legitimately funny, and among the better comedies released in quite some time.The cast is hands-down the standout reason why this movie works. As a matter of fact its also its one minor flaw because we have tons of talent that were not utilized enough because some of the performances were so hilarious in the minimal material given. The bosses themselves were convincingly awful, especially the always-reliable Kevin Spacey as this sadistic, manipulative, and extremely cruel president of a company. Colin Ferrell and Jennifer Aniston step out of their usual roles and surprisingly deliver plenty of laughs with their own cruelly aggressive mannerisms. Jennifer Aniston’s Julia Harris, the sexually harassing, foul-mouthed and loathsome creature. She spends much of her time on screen making one sex joke after another, and it’s great to see her playing a character completely unique to her past. Horrible Bosses is easily Aniston’s best film to date, though that might not be saying much.

Seth Gordon’s resume as director has been an interesting one; ranging from the enjoyable Fistful of Quarters to the weak-weak Four Christmases. In here, he keeps the pace constantly quick, constantly throws a crazy scenario to pit our heroes in, and never gives you a chance to breathe and realize how preposterous this movie really is. The movie’s raunchiness is matched by its grim sense of humor—you need a dark strong heart to laugh at some of the mean-spirited shtick that is embedded in the 100 minute timeframe. In this movie, nobody is safe, and you never know just what might happen next. Unpredictability is essential in comedy, and the best part of Horrible Bosses is how it can remain one step ahead of you while still giving plenty to laugh about. We are laughing at our heroes but secretly we are definitely rooting for them too. Yes folks, you will secretly be hoping that they do indeed do the dirty deed.This movie is proof that when it wants to, Hollywood can make a comedy that actually produces laughs. The story is zany, goofy and upbeat. It’s a farce, a romp, and a laugh-producing machine.If you’ve enjoyed movies like The Hangover or Bridesmaids, you’ll love Horrible Bosses. It is simply the best comedy so far this summer, and deserves to be seen in theaters. It’s a must-own once it hits retail shelves. Horrible Bosses is one movie not to miss this summer.

 

7.7/10

 

 

 

 

 

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