Horrible Bosses

Director Seth Gordon has also directed Four Christmases and The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.

Bosses. We've all had one. Some are great, helpful and help you become something better than you previously were. Others are, well, horrible. It's a problem most everyone has faced before and probably will in the future. But no one has hated their bosses more than Kurt (Jason Sudeikis), Dale (Charlie Day) and Nick (Jason Bateman). So much hate, in fact, that they have come together with a plan to solve all their employment problems: To kill their bosses.

Nick is a business executive and has been spending the past 8 years trying to rise up to the V.P position, directly underneath his horrible boss, Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey). Mr. Harken is a class-A manipulator and isn't afraid to make a few (a lot) of enemies along the path of success. After Mr. Harken takes away the V.P position he promised to him, Nick has decided he's had enough. Meanwhile, Kurt has witnessed the death of his favorite boss, who is now replaced by his coke head son, Bobby Pellitt (Colin Farrell). Bobby doesn't care about his father's business and demands that Kurt fire either the "fatties" or the "cripples". With nowhere else to go, Kurt has, also, had enough. Lastly, Dale is an assistant in the field of dentistry. It's exactly what he enjoys, minus his psychotic man-eater boss, Dr. Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston). Dr. Harris will stop at no end to have her way with Dale. And since he loves his fiancee so much, Dale has talked it over with Nick and Kurt and come to the conclusion to murder their bosses. Of course, they'll require the help of a professional. In this case, the professional is Dean "MF" Jones (Jamie Foxx).

Horrible Bosses has an incredibly complicated plot for a comedy. Most comedies won't threaten the death of some of the key characters. Thankfully, Director Seth Gordon knows exactly how the handle the story. At it's core, Horrible Bosses is a dark comedy that doesn't stray away from the mainstream humor that will no doubt win over audiences. To be blunt, Horrible Bosses is hysterical. It's wonderful. It's exactly what a comedy should be. The laughs are constant while the emotional connections between each character hit every beat they need to. 

The casting for the film is something of a miracle. Sudeikis, Bateman and Day are a dream team when it comes to humor. Bateman is the well-mannered worker who doesn't stray away from the norm. Sudeikis is just about as tame, but doesn't hesitate to get a little crazy if the opportunity rises. While Day is just bonkers. As a Dentist's Assistant who is obsessed with Law and Order, Day brings most of the laughs just with his opinion of everything logical that happens around him. But it's not just the 3 of these gentlemen who supply the laughs. 

Casting Aniston, Spacey and Farrell as the bosses was a stroke of genius. Spacey has been here before and handles it with ease. Spacey doesn't have any problem playing the bad guy and at some moments seems to be enjoying it. But the biggest surprise here comes in the form of Aniston and Farrell. Aniston has been in a rut with her formula. She's been in an annoying amount of romantic comedies in which she has no flaws and must deal with an idiot love interest messing things up. It's a huge breath of fresh air to see Aniston not only playing the villain, but one who is as dirty and psychotic as Dr. Harris is. Collin Farrell absolutely needed this role. He's played in comedies before and even performed pretty excellently, at that. In Bruges wasn't seen by as many it should have, so casting Farrell as a coke head loser who enjoys lap dances and karate was perfect for his mainstream comedy debut. All 3 of them are nothing short of hilarious and make the movie one of the funniest I have ever seen.

In short, Horrible Bosses is exactly what it should be: Unforgiving, dark, and hysterical. With The Hangover: Part II being mostly unsatisfying with audiences, Horrible Bosses is the comedy that the box office needed this summer. 

Ryan Sterritt
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