Horrible Bosses (2011)

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Horrible Bosses (2011)
  • Time: 98 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime
  • Director: Seth Gordon
  • Cast: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston

Storyline:

For Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day), the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses (Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston) into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few-too-many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con (Jamie Foxx), the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers… permanently.

2 reviews

  • Very difficult to give my opinion on this one. I read good reviews about “Horrible Bosses”, but there are also a lot of people who didn’t like it. The story was original and there were a few good and funny scenes. Especially the character of Jennifer Aniston was an added value to the movie. I cannot say I will remember this for a long time, but I was not bored at all neither.

  • Just from the title of the movie itself, one can easily guess what this film is all about. Directed by Seth Gordon, who made The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007), the highly-rated documentary about diehard video game fans competing to break world records on classic arcade games, and the appalling romantic comedy Four Christmases (2008) starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon, Horrible Bosses is a comedy that succeeds in tickling our funny bone with its fresh and original premise and some excellent chemistry among the leading cast.

    Horrible Bosses starts on a comic high with the introduction of three horrible bosses – Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey), Dr. Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston), and Bobby Pellit (Colin Farrell). Dave is a selfish, condescending and unappreciative president of a company who wouldn’t promote extremely hardworking Nick (Jason Bateman). Julia is a sexy dentist who sexually abuses her assistant Dale (Charlie Day), who becomes totally freaked out. Lastly, Bobby is a drug and sex addict-weirdo who inherits and wastes his father’s petrochemical company after the latter dies of a heart attack, much to the anger and disappointment of Kurt (Jason Sudeikis), who works for him.

    Hence, Nick, Dale and Kurt, who are incidentally drinking buddies, devise a revenge plot to get rid of their bosses so that they could be happy men again. Not all seems easy, even with enlisting the help of Jamie Foxx’s devious character, whose nickname I can’t repeat here. What happens thereafter is an adventure they will never forget. Combining elements of spy movies, jump scares (beware of that cat!) and the best of comedy, Horrible Bosses is in numerous ways an outstanding entertainment picture for adults looking for something light and good to wind down after a hard and tough day’s work (angry boss included).

    Some of the jokes fall flat, but most of them hit the target. The likability of the lead trio, including an excellent performance by Day, makes this film work. Add to that a strong supporting cast and it is difficult not to enjoy what is on the screen. Plot twists create some intrigue along the way, though the resolution remains too convenient a set-piece to believe. Horrible Bosses uses comic techniques that we have seen before in other adult comedies such as the use of explicit dialogue and gross-out actions, and the circumstances that the lead trio find themselves in are contextually quite ordinary; however, the film’s premise remains new, and it is all that matters to get us into the theaters.

    GRADE: B (7.5/10)

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