Review: Who Knew A Trio Of 'Horrible Bosses' Could Lead To Fun And Laughs!
I don’t think I’ve ever recalled a moment where I’ve wanted to kill one of my bosses. Truth be told, I’ve been somewhat blessed with people I’ve worked for, however, I will say that on more than one occasion I’ve wanted to kill a co-worker! You know that whining little wuss or wench that can’t keep their trap shut for any apparent reason? Or feel a sense of entitlement to render their services based off conniving actions? Yeah! That’s the person I’ve wanted to kill more than once—along with some women I’ve dated—but that’s neither here nor there! Why? Well, because this of course is about Seth Gordon’s twisted comedy Horrible Bosses. In a world where jobs are extinct, much is needed to be embraced if you have one no matter what the cause…and in some cases, even if it means taking all sorts of crap (I.e. Ridicule, Insults or even Sexual Harassment) from a person you despise, and all for purposes of enhancement.
Horrible Bosses flips the script on three (3) of Hollywood’s most beloved (Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell) and presents them as three (3) of the worst people you’d ever want to meet, or better yet, WORK for!
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 a-hole bosses into dust. F quitting! That’s not an option! So, with the benefit of a few shots and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con (Jamie Foxx), the three friends embark on a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers...and for good! There's only one problem: even the best laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them.
Presented with just about the best comedic, cinematic writing this year, Horrible Bosses is the kind of movie one just loses themselves in. The story itself is completely convoluted in more ways than anyone can imagine, but when displaying two sides to this story, you have a group of guys whose lives have reached a point where anything goes. From daring on-line ads which turn out to be something other than what they imagined, to being criminally gagged by one of the most bone-chilling thugs ever to display one thing, but wind up another. Bateman, Sudeikis and Day truly have one of the best chemistries any group of other comedy trio may have. Serving as possibly the goofiest of our modern day version of ‘The Three Stooges,’ their kick-ass on-screen scenes are hilarious. Gestures, dialog, reaction and obvious improvisation takes these three (3) crazy crackaz to great heights! Raw and up front in any way presented, there’s never a dull moment with these guys!
On the flipside: Roles played by Spacey, Aniston and Farrell couldn’t have gone to anyone else. I mean, it seemed as if these characters where created with them in mind! How? Who knows, but it would have been great to have been a fly on the wall when their agents and/or managers where talking to them about these characters and how they had to dig deep within their darkest ways, and unleash it comedically, yet, in the most hateful ways ever.
Aniston’s work here is one of the best I’ve seen in a while. Usually tangled in a web of crappy films which go nowhere, I think this will most definitely place her in a different light. She owned her character! Hot, Crabby, Horny and Horrible! Makes me want to have a boss like her to be honest! Once you check it out, you’ll see what I mean. Of course you’ll have to be a guy, lesbian or bi-sexual to really feel and understand where I’m coming from!
Spacey and Farrell have played “mean” roles in the past, however, in this film, the realm in which they go into is beyond anything I’ve seen them play in the past. Whether a neurotic jealous husband (and for good reason) or a Sliver-Spoon-Fed Douche-bag Coke head, levels are raised as scenes move from one spot to the next!
Intertwine these six (6) entities, and you’re in for what I believe is the summer’s BEST comedy! This year we’ve seen a couple of hits like Hall Pass, Bridesmaids & last but not least The Hangover 2, however, I deeply hope that no one starts to lay this one next to those I’ve just mentioned. Horrible Bosses stands on its own powerful legs. No doubt in my mind as this moves on throughout the rest of the year (including DVD/Blu-Ray), this will wind up one of 2011’s best chuckle films!
Dominated by some of the best one-liners, awkward moments and mentally retarded outcome, this is a highly recommended film for a good time, laugh and “waste” of time. Oh, and before I go…make sure to stay through the credits!
GRADE: A / GENRE: Comedy / RATED: R / RUN TIME: 1 Hr. 40 Min.
STARRING: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland
DIRECTOR: Seth Gordon
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