Horrible Bosses review

Seth Gordon
Jason Bateman
Jason Sudeikis
Charlie Day
Jennifer Aniston
Colin Farrell
Kevin Spacey
Jamie Fox
Rated: R

One part where this movie failed was making a convincing argument that Jennifer Aniston’s character was really a horrible boss.

The film follows three characters, Nick (Bateman), Kurt (Sudeikis) and Dale (Day). All have fairly average jobs and life would probably be going just smoothly for them in the day-to-day grind of the work place, if not for them having the worst bosses in the world. Nick’s boss Mr. Harkin (Spacey) tricks Nick thinking he’s getting a promotion, Kurt has to deal with his former bosses son Bobby (Farrell) taking over the company and running it into the ground and Dale has the misfortune of having a boss played by Jennifer Aniston who wants to sleep with him when he’s already engaged.

Being completely fed up with their situations in their careers, they decide to take action and hire a hit man to get the job done. They go to a bar in a bad part of town and meet the character Mother Fucker Jones (Fox), a man who says he can get the job done. However they soon find out that Jones just got out of prison and can only be their murder consultant and that they have to pull off the killing on their own.

The story feels fresh for the most part having some good twists and turns at places, allowing more jokes to come into play. The humor is both high and low brow, like most comedies now a days, and most of it works.

There are some jokes that did fall a little flat but for the most part it was able to give me some strong laughs and it moves at a good pace so it never feels drawn out. The ending was wrapped up a bit to quickly and cleanly for me but it’s not a big deal with this type of film.

“Horrible Bosses” has characters that feels really reminiscent of recent films about ageing guys having to go through extreme experiences. It’s most similar though to the wolf pack from “The Hangover” with the three characters having the same archetypes. The sensible but cautious one played by Bateman, the ladies man/more carefree guy played by Sudeikis and the screw up of the group Dale played by Day. Fortunately like “The Hangover” the cast has a good level of chemistry and our three leads really work well together.

The supporting cast is good too, Farrell’s performance is really over the top and it really works for the character he is given and Spacey definitely had the evil boss act down. The writing really helped as well with the cast having good dialogue to deliver through out the film.

I would’t say “Horrible Bosses” is one of the best comedies in a while, I didn’t laugh as much compared to “The Hangover” or “Hot Tub Time Machine,” but the comedy works enough to give it a really high 3 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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