Does ‘Horrible Bosses’ help audiences escape from working-world frustrations, or make our day-jobs seem even more depressing?
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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. There's only one problem: even the best laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them. -- (C) Warner Bros ... More
R, 1 hr. 37 min.
Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
On paper, Horrible Bosses has quite a bit going for it: an entertaining story idea (a trio of friends set out to murder their “horrible” bosses), as well as an ensemble cast featuring Jason Bateman, Kevin Spacey,, Colin Farrell, , Jason Sudeikis, and Jamie Foxx.
However, beyond the relatable premise (don’t lie, you’ve thought about it), do the combined efforts of the cast and crew succeed in delivering an entertaining time at the movies?
Somewhat. Horrible Bosses isn’t likely to be a sleeper-hit like The Hangover or Bridesmaids -- where sharp scripts, relatable stories, and hilarious performances created must-see movie fervor. Instead, the film is an average summer comedy with a number of silly moments but few laugh-out-loud surprises -- and makes zero attempt at rectifying the twisted premise in any meaningful way.
Horrible Bosses was directed by Seth Gordon, who some film fans will remember for his thoughtful, fascinating, and well-executed, documentary, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. Other film fans will, unfortunately, remember Gordon for his studio feature debut, the rom-com Four Christmases starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon.
Unlike Four Christmases, in Horrible Bosses Gordon isn’t saddled with romance or character-defining sub-plots, so the plot is surprisingly straightforward. The film revolves around the storylines of three high school friends who each love their jobs -- save for their respective evil bosses.
Horrible Bosses Review
Horrible Bosses is not a great movie, especially not in the sense of being large. It is a small movie. There are few big moments or big scenes or big laughs. It stays on fairly even keel from most of it’s run time. That does not mean that it is not entertaining. Horrible Bosses is entertaining throughout. While the plot is not terrific, the excellent cast keeps the movie funny and enjoyable.
Three friends, played by Charlie Day, Jason Bateman and Jason Sudeikis, decide they hate their bosses and feeling trapped in their current jobs plot to have their bosses killed. So they try to hire someone to kill their bosses for them. There isn’t much else too it. Most of the humor comes from characters, not gross out situations like many other R-rated comedies. Fortunately the characters, and especially the actors that play them carry it well.
Bateman, Sudeikis and Day are mostly known as television guys, but they are always funny and underrated. Bateman, the glue that held the best TV show of the last decade, Arrested Development, together, plays a man stymied in his climb up the corporate ladder. Sudeikis, an underrated SNL guy, is a womanizer upset with the son who took over the family business and Charlie Day, possibly the funniest guy currently on TV, is a dental assistant and registered sex offender. The three work really well together, their friendship never feels forced on screen. Just as good as our trio of heroes are, their bosses are at least as good. Kevin Spacey is hysterically evil, Colin Farrell is just about as terrible and useless as a person gets and Jennifer Aniston is great as a sexually rapacious dentist. And there is Jamie Foxx’s hilarious turn as the trio’s “murder consultant.” No one turns in a truly great performance, but everyone is funny.
This is not a movie to inspire much of a strong reaction from the viewer. The humor comes less out of the murderous set-up and more from the amusing interactions among the characters. Which is why it is important that this film has a cast full of great comedians. With a few exceptions, like an incident with an epipen, Horrible Bosses doesn’t rise much above being humorous or amusing, but the stellar cast keeps the movie from being forgettable.
Quick celebrity news: Jennifer Aniston strips down
This is the hottest quick celebrity news in some time now. If the trailer of her upcoming flick, ‘Horrible Bosses’ is anything to go by, Jennifer Aniston is going to get the temperatures soaring unbearably high this summer. However, all that sweat notwithstanding the audience won’t be complaining one bit, at least not the men in the crowd. This is for even as the Friends star is all set to play the seductress boss in her next “Horrible Bosses”. The film directed by Seth Gordon has a lineup of stars that includes Jason Bateman, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey, Charlie Day, Jamie Foxx, Julie Bowen, Jason Sudeikis and Donald Sutherland. This by itself is bound to get the viewers heading for the nearest theatres and in great numbers at that.
In the latest quick celebrity news, the trailers of Horrible Bosses, out on You Tube are already a big hit. One of the shots has Jennifer only in her inner wears, going naughty while putting a huge banana in her mouth. Jennifer hasn’t had a major success in the recent years and is greatly looking forward to Horrible Bosses to break the chain of flops. The title itself ought to be enough to entice majority of the people go for a theatrical viewing at least once. Since most of us are dealing with horrible bosses ourselves. But then, coming back to Jennifer and her stripping act, horrible or not one thing is for sure, this boss is piping hot.
Source: Preview Night
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