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Horrible Bosses

July 9, 2011

Detective: You wanna explain why you were speeding?
Nick: I was drag racing.
Detective: In a Prius?
Nick: I don’t win a lot.

I’d like to start off by saying that Horrible Bosses is a very funny movie. The main aspect that carries this film are it’s cast, especially it’s three leads, who are simply very talented and are very funny all-together. This film takes a strong premise and delivers it in a very fun and a very R-rated comedy without overindulging itself too much. What we have here is a smart and witty script and a very solid direction from Seth Gordon.  As I mentioned, what makes Horrible Bosses a perfect summer comedy is having a perfect cast, which, in the long run, had me laughing my ass off throughout the entire film. It seems that with Bridesmaids and The Hangover Part II, 2011 seems to be a great year for raunchy, funny, and dirty R-rated comedies.

Horrible Bosses is the story of three friends (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis) who are all subject to extremely terrible work environments due to there bosses. Nick Hendricks (Bateman) is a worker at a financial firm, headed by his abusive boss Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey). Kurt Buckman (Sudeikis) works for Bobby Pellitt (Colin Farrell), a drug addicted lunatic who spends his days as boss manipulating Kurt into firing employees for him. Finally, we have Dale Arbus (Day), a registered sex offender, who works as a dental assistant to his sex-crazed boss Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston), who spends her work time sexually harassing Dale and her patients, but her main goal is getting Dale in her bed. After being fed up too much, the guys create a plan to murder their bosses, with the help from murder consultant Dean “MotherF**kr” Jones (Jamie Foxx).

I had a lot a fun watching this, mainly due to the work of its three leads Sudeikis, Day, and Bateman. They are extremely funny together and it very fun to watch them getting into their silly antics together. Bateman is the serious guy of the group, who isn’t the main funnyman, but still has a bunch to offer. Sudeikis is plain hilarious, who I believe is the king at delivering great one-liners and is just a very likeable character-actor in general. Last but not least, Day is genuinely hilarious and he’s come a long way from his role on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Going the Distance to a hit summer comedy.

Additionally, the cast portraying the detrimentally and explosively horrible bosses are simply brilliant and downright hilarious at what they bring to the table here. Kevin Spacey is great in this as the main baddie, and has the most screen time of the bosses, but it’s certainly fine with me because I’m a huge fan of Spacey’s work, especially for his performance in The Usual Suspects. We also have the gorgeous Jennifer Aniston (who I usually dislike in films), who is great as a sex-crazed boss, at least in the scenes she is given. Lastly, we have Colin Farrell, who spends most of the film controlling an obviously fake American accent, and, while he doesn’t have much screen time, is absolutely riotous in some of the earlier parts of the movie, primarily the naming scene.

This film was directed by Seth Gordon, who previously directed the romantic comedy Four Christmases and the amazing documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. This time, he has a bigger budget, a bigger studio, and bigger (and better) cast, and a smartly written screenplay written by Michael Markowitz, John Fancis Daley, and Jonathan M. Goldstein. As a result, this fine comedy is great because it doesn’t try to complicate things by expanding into emotional territory, it just adds more and more raunch and goes from joke to joke from the beginning to the end.

After thinking long and hard about the problems this film has, I realized something: I have no concrete complaints relating to any problems stemming from this film. To me, Horrible Bosses is just plain fun, but if I had one simple complaint it would most likely be the fact that the film does take some time to get going, but once it does, it’s worth the wait, especially once it gets going, because about half way throughout the film, some crazy events occur, some of which include breaking and entering, saving a life, and stalking. So what I’m saying, is that their may or may not be flaws, but the humor keeps the audience from noticing any of these flaws.

All in all, Horrible Bosses is a great comedy. It’s funny, raunchy, and very, very R-rated. Thanks to a smartly written script, sharp direction from Seth Gordon, and great performances from it’s three leads (Jason Sedeikis, Jason Bateman, and Charlie Day). Countless memorable moments that had me laughing for hours, most notably seeing Charlie Day singing “That’s Not my Name” by The Ting Tings, which probably received the biggest and loudest laugh from the audience. This film additionally benefits from it’s horrible bosses (Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, and Jennifer Aniston) and that is all you can ask for in a great summer comedy. I highly recommend this riotous film.

Bobby: Oh yeah, we’ve got to trim some of the fat around here.
Kurt: What do you mean by trim the fat?
Bobby: I want you to fire the fat people.
Kurt: What?!
Bobby: They’re lazy and they’re slow and they make me sad to look at.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Dante permalink
    July 11, 2011 12:51 pm

    I agree with all of this accept that the hangover 2 was not funny at all!!!

  2. July 11, 2011 1:01 pm

    I can understand how you see that; everyone is entitled to his or her own opinions. The main reason that I found The Hangover Part II hilarious is due to its cast, who carry the film, much in the vein of the cast of Horrible Bosses.


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