Staring: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell
Directed by: Seth Gordon
Written by: Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 38 min
Many of us, at one time or another during our working lives, have had a horrible boss. But did you ever think about killing yours? Don’t answer that. Of course not, but that’s the central premise fueling the comedy in Horrible Bosses. Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) all work for the worst kind of people.
Nick’s boss, Dave (Kevin Spacey), likes to manipulate his staff, play games, and treat them like slaves. Kurt’s boss, Bobby (Colin Farrell), is a coked up moron trying to squeeze every last cent out of his dad’s company to fuel his partying. Dale, on the other hand, probably has the worst boss of them all.
Julia (Jennifer Aniston), who looks like ‘J-e-n-n-i-f-e-r A-n-i-s-t-o-n’, is a nymphomaniac and is sexually harassing Dale at work. Now, most heterosexual guys might question why this is a problem. Especially when she shows up to work wearing nothing but a lab coat! But if I could just talk to the adults in the room for a moment. If you’re happily engaged to a wonderful woman you love dearly, and someone looking like Jennifer Aniston comes along and throws herself at you, and she’s your boss, and she threatens to fire you if you don’t comply. That’s pretty damn horrible right? Right? Hello? Urg, did I lose you at,’ J-e-n-n-i-f-e-r A-n-i-s-t-o-n is a nymphomaniac?’
Anyway, that premise, while certainly entertaining isn’t at all convincing in this movie. The bosses aren’t bad enough, and these disgruntled employees are just too stupid to pull off anything like this. What this premise does though is set up a few nice moments of humor as these three hapless fools try to carry out their plans, and we get some great moments with the bosses. Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston scoring the best of them. Add Jamie Fox to the mix as the groups ‘murder consultant,’ and you’re left with a decent movie, that while being very predictable, is also quite entertaining.
This isn’t a laugh-a-minute, but it has its moments. The premise makes little sense, and the movie’s plot doesn’t hold up under even the lightest scrutiny. Horrible Bosses is rated R due to its sexual content, language and drug material.
This movie is perfectly watchable on your TV, laptop, tablet or phone.
Best Moment: << mild spoiler >>
A lot of Dale’s loud high-pitched freak outs during the movie landed flat for me, but one at least, made me laugh out loud. The guys find the police entering Kurt’s house, and assume it’s because they found his DNA all over Bobby’s bathroom. They drive away before they are spotted, leading to this great line from Dale.
“Why did you put his entire bathroom in your ASS?”