Hasn’t everyone had that boss, I mean, THAT boss? Remember that one? The one that demeaned you in front of all your coworkers right after denying you a raise? I’m sure that none of you guys ever wished ill on that boss, right?
Pshhhh, my ass. Of course, I believe you! Well, Horrible Bosses tackles this subject and shows how it could play out if you took those daydreams to the next level. While I pray to God that none of you have ever killed any of your bosses (or film critics), I can assure you that Horrible Bosses is a safe way to vent your frustrations.
Horrible Bosses follows a trio of best friends: Nick, Dale and Kurt. Nick (Jason Bateman) is stuck in a corporate job, doing his time in the shit and working towards that cushy VP promotion. His boss, Kevin Harken (Kevin Spacey), is a maniacal, sadistic, and psychopathic. Harken takes his delights in making Nick suffer, becoming quite good at it. Dale (Charlie Day) became a dental assistant in order to finance his fiancee’s pricey engagement ring and create a promising career. Unfortunately, due to prior events, he is stuck with Dr. Julia Harris, D.D.S. Julia (Jennifer Aniston) is a man-eating, relentless nymphomaniac. Julia is obsessed with Dale and makes it her priority to sleep with him or ruin him, complicating Dale’s engagement. Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) loves his boss. Really, his boss is a kind and fantastic man. Sadly, his boss gets caught up watching a marathon of The Flying Nun and allows someone else to take over his position. The man left in charge, Bobby (Colin Farrell), is a cokehead, neurotic douchebag. Bobby has always hated Kurt and now it is time to let that hate loose. Nick, Dale and Kurt jokingly discuss killing their bosses over a night of heavy and responsible (*wink*) drinking. Soon after, they realize that killing their bosses was a silly, drunken idea, but it was the only route to having happier lives. Insert antics, spoilers and plot twists. One thing that Horrible Bosses does well is that it doesn’t stay predictable for too long. I appreciate the fact that I didn’t have to sit through another movie that was easily predicted twenty-five minutes in.
To tell you the truth, the characters of the film were the best reason to see Horrible Bosses. You can have a good script, good directing, good publicity and still end up with a crappy comedy. This style of movie requires a fantastic chemistry between the main characters, which is exactly what Horrible Bosses brings to the table. I would never have guessed that Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day could have such a perfect comedic feel to them. They easily trumped “The Wolfpack”, dare I say. The comedy between them felt unscripted, natural and easy. The villains held their own, as well. Aniston, Farrell and Spacey brought on so many funny moments and cringe inducing rants that it made you want to write them a letter of apology. Playing the perfect antagonists to the leads, these three rounded out the film and made this a true “All Star Cast”.
Ok, I played up the actors and chemistry and blah, blah, blah. Aren’t you curious if Horrible Bosses is funny? Worth the ticket price? Worth dragging at least one friend along, so you’re not that lonely person seeing a movie alone? Short answer: Yes. Long Answer: Yeah. Too Detailed Answer: I’ve been that lonely guy seeing a movie alone. This movie has a non-stop barrage of funny moments. They not only play to the outright, slapstick comedic fans, but there are subtle running jokes that keep you paying attention throughout the quiet moments (“Watch out for the cat!”). Horrible Bosses doesn’t drag, get too serious or disappoint. Well, I’m not going to lie to my beautiful and beloved readers, I overheard one lady walking out of the theater and saying, “I’m so glad I didn’t pay to see that.” Which was followed with her two friends turning to her and ridiculing her for being lame. (For a fun, at-home experiment, feel free to apply this method to any of your own friends!) Unless you’re straight out of the Straight Laced School for Kids with Straight Laces, you’ll laugh during this entire movie.
What is brilliant about Horrible Bosses is that, during the drive home, I tried to find a single thing I didn’t like about the movie. It took me about ten minutes to come up with my answer. Wanna know what it was? I wished they had left time after the funny parts for the audience to laugh, before continuing on with the movie. Seriously, my biggest complaint was that it was funny enough to possibly make me miss other funny parts of the film. If that’s the worst part about a movie, that’s a pretty good movie. Really, the soundtrack was original, fun and provided the proper “feel” to the scenes, the cinematography and directing were spot-on, the script was hilarious and hilariously delivered. There was not a single thing I wish they had changed. Maybe Jamie Foxx…..but that’s it, I swear! Personally, I thought his whole role was cheesy, but the lady next to me loved him. So, make your own opinion about it. Don’t be sad, Jamie, you fit right in to the movie.
Horrible Bosses has easily become my favorite comedy of 2011 and could be the funniest movie since The Hangover. Not The Hangover II: The Disappointment, mind you. I would gladly pay to see Horrible Bosses with my friends and buy the Blu-Ray when it comes out. I would love to see this comedic threesome come together for another movie, but I’m afraid that a sequel to Horrible Bosses wouldn’t be the proper venue for this reunion. While Horrible Bosses won’t be without snobby critics turning their noses, watch how this film outperforms any comedy to come out this year. Go see this movie. Twice. Or once, whatever.
I give Horrible Bosses 5 “Wetwork Professionals” out of 5