Movie Review: Horrible Bosses
This is a story that a lot of us can to relate to, me included! It’s about 3 friends who are so fed up with their respective bosses that over drinks one night, each complaining about their problems at work, they hatch the idea of solving their problems by killing their bosses. Now first off, in no way to I advocate murder AT ALL, but haven’t we all had a boss that drove you to at least “think” about it?!? I know I have!! The three main characters each have their own reasons for hating their bosses. Nick (Jason Bateman – Arrested Development, Juno, Couples Retreat) is a paper pusher and has a mean, self-centered boss (Kevin Spacey – The Usual Suspects, The Men Who Stare At Goats, 21) that exploits him and after “hinting” that a promotion was his, pulls the carpet out from under his feet. When Nick tries to leave, he is threatened with being blackballed in the industry and with the prospect of not getting a job again he decides to stay. Kurt (Jason Sudeikis – Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, What Happens in Vegas) works in a chemical company and after his well-loved boss dies, the “cokehead”, Bruce Lee wanna-be, sleazy son (Collin Farrell – Crazy Heart, Miami Vice ‘2006’, Fright Night ‘2011’) takes over and immediately begins to destroy the company that his father worked so hard to build, making Kurt’s life miserable in the process. And then there’s Dale (Charlie Day – It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Third Watch), who is a dental assistant that has a different problem all together! A problem that his other 2 friends actually wish they had! He is being sexually harassed by his gorgeous, sexy, horny, temptress of a boss Dr. Julia Harris D.D.S. (Jennifer Aniston – Friends, Bruce Almighty, Office Space). Being a “registered sex offender” for a reason you find hilarious in its own, he is not able to go out and find another job so feels he is stuck where he is. The three decide that the only way they can keep the jobs they love is to kill their bosses.
They attempt to enlist the help of a “gun for hire” to do the job for them but instead end up enlisting the services of a self-proclaimed con named Dean ‘MF’ Jones (Jamie Foxx – Miami Vice ‘2006’ , Ray, Law Abiding Citizen) who is really not as much of a “professional” as he makes himself out to be. Jones makes the boys think he is an experienced criminal who has “done time” but they soon find out it may not be exactly what he makes it out to be! Jones ends up getting them to try to perform the job themselves, which leads them to royally mess the whole thing up from the start, getting themselves into one problem after another!
Bateman, Day, and Sudeikis work well together with three different personalities and their adventures lead to a lot of hilarious content, but not stupid repetitive “slapstick” that you might expect. The humor is steady throughout the film and will keep you laughing until the end! More goes wrong than right but the final outcome is just what they were looking for!!
The “big name” supporting characters played by Sutherland, Farrel, Aniston, Spacey and Foxx are well-integrated and do not steal the thunder from the main characters, especially that of Foxx’s character. Aniston fans will love the deviation from the normal characters she plays becoming a sexy, aggressive, temptress and we all hope it continues!!
Overall, this is a must see dark, witty, provocative workplace comedy that goes where at some point we have ALL wanted to go!