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Star – Jason Bateman
Genre – Comedy
Run Time – 98 minutes
Certificate – 18
Country – USA
Awards – 3 Wins & 10 Nominations
Amazon – £1.66 DVD £8.99 Blue Ray
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Horrible Bosses is one of those films that gets good rates on well known internet movie sites but you know deep down the film is not going to be your thing but you end up watching it anyway. This was one of those films. Its star packed with people like Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston and tons of big names cameos. These people must want to be in this comedy for a reason, right? Wrong. It’s all about the paycheck.
The clues were there. It’s from director Seth Gordon, who has bought us two other misfiring comedies, Four Christmases and Identity Thief, and has done a ton of TV and box set stuff. It also took $200 million dollars from its $40 million budget, another bum steer. Still, I didn’t pay much money for the Blue Ray on Amazon Marketplace to watch it so only the loss of my time and effort.
Jason Bateman ... Nick Hendricks
Kevin Spacey ... Dave Harken
Charlie Day ... Dale Arbus
Lindsay Sloane ... Stacy
Michael Albala ... Mr. Anderton
Colin Farrell... Bobby Pellit Jennifer Aniston ... Dr. Julia Harris, D.D.S.
Jamie Foxx... Dean 'MF' Jones Jason Sudeikis ... Kurt Buckman
George Back ... Kurt's Co-Worker
Meghan Markle ... Jamie
Donald Sutherland ... Jack Pellit
Celia Finkelstein ... Margie Emerman
Nick Hendricks (Bateman) and Dale Arbus (Day) are buddies who absolutely despise their bosses. Nick works for a financial firm for the sadistic David Harken (Kevin Spacey), who has been hinting at the possibility of promotion for Nick for 4 months now, only to obnoxiously award the job to himself, extending his office space some more for his ‘new responsibilities’ in the process to taunt Nick some more.
Dale, alas, is less important and a dental assistant who has just got engaged but being sexually harassed by his horny dentist boss Dr. Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston); threatening to tell Dales fiancée Stacy (Lindsay Sloane) that he had sex with her unless he actually has sex with her. Seriously?
The trio of male protagonist is made up by Nick and Dale's accountant friend Kurt Buckman (Sudeikis) who enjoys working for his boss Jack Pellitt (Donald Sutherland) at a chemical company. But Jack unexpectedly dies of a heart attack and the company is taken over by Jack's coke head son Bobby (Colin Farrell), whose incompetence and disinterest in the business threaten the future of the company.
In the pub the trio brood over their bosses and work situation as Kurt jokingly suggests that their lives would be a whole lot more fun if their bosses were no longer around to give them grief. Its beer talk but they eventually agree to kill their employers anyway. The next morning they are sobered up in search of a hitman to actually do the job, Dean "Motherf*ckah" Jones (Foxx) selected from a nefarious method. The ex-con agrees and after a meet at the bar demands 30 grand up front. The boys mistakenly – quite rightfully – believe he is going to do the deed but the mean looking dude announces he is their "murder consultant" and they are going to do the deed with his advice and he is not giving them their money back. The best advice can offer is making sure it looks like an accident.
So thirty grand light the three first recon Bobby's house, stealing his phone. Next thy go to Harken's more palatial home, where Kurt and Nick break in while Dale waits in the car. But then someone ends up dead and the boys didn’t do the killing and the tension cranks up and gets serious.
The next night, Kurt, the ladies man, watches Julia's the dentists home, but she seduces a more whiling Kurt. Nick and Dale reluctantly wait outside Bobby's and Harken's houses, respectively, to commit the murders, despite neither of them wanting to. But Harken is on to them and in hot pursuit, OJ Simpson style.
An expensive line up of footballers doesn’t always mean a good team and results. This is not a very funny film guys and coupled with poor unfunny script and a cast doing the bear minimum you have a film to avoid. How on Earth this took $200 million dollars is beyond me. I don’t think I laughed once and I don’t think the cast were either after they saw the finished product. It’s not terrible but just bland. I don’t want to be too cruel but I suspect the jokes were not aimed at me and very much a film for people who just want to go watch a date movie or a night out with friends. It had potential on paper but it wasn’t realized.
The film idea of employees wanting to kill their bosses is a good one as you all want to do it at some point in your working lives and so a big audience out there ready to watch this. But there are too many implausible and silly plot lines going on here for you to care for and the idea just doesn’t produce the comic material it should. I was hoping for more Gross Point Blank in style but it ended up a fairly brainless screwball comedy. On what planet is the gorgeous Jennifer Anniston and her still killer body at 42-years-young going to want to seduce her bearded 5ft 7 and rather plain dental assistant when she could have any man she wanted? Its cynical gratuitous casting so we get to see her nearly naked. She has been doing a lot of that of late in films. There are just too many moments in this film that just don’t work.
AS I said cast wise they are mostly big names and have done comedy. Never been convinced Spacey has ever been funny in a film or, indeed, a great actor and here he is a fish out of water pretty early on. The amiable Jason Bateman is the best thing in it and centers the movie but everyone else rather miscast. What is Donald Sutherland doing here? I thought he was dead! I just can’t recommend this guys and one to steer clear of. I know it’s on ITV2 at the moment if you want to try it but I can assure you it’s just not funny. Not that funny and teeth itching waste of time and talent.
Imdb.com – 6.9/10.0 (367,234votes)
Rottentomatos.com – 61% critic’s approval
Metacritic.com – 57% critic’s approval
It’s a Blue Ray disc so some unwanted extras. It looks good in Blue Ray but not the sort of film you need to spend more for Blue Ray. Don’t spend yet more money on this movie in Blue Ray.
Seth Gordon talks about his dull movie
A lot and I’m not surprised.
Empire Magazine – ‘These bosses cannot justify either murder or lasting comic memories, fatally compromising a farce that could have been great but ends up merely mediocre’.
Independent –‘The sub-Porky's style humour elicits a few guffaws, but a little more wit and subtlety would have helped’.
Little White Lies ‘-Yet another unoriginal and out-of-touch Hollywood comedy prizing its R cert status over substance’
Cinephile –‘Like rats in a collapsed maze, these are characters struggling hard to find a path to comedic freedom, and are constantly getting lost in the ruins of an absurd plot’.
Philadelphia Weekly -A ramshackle assembly of recycled characters and conflicting tones, duct-taped together at odd angles’
Deadspin –‘With this cast, and this concept, it's just a shame that "Horrible Bosses" pulls up just when it should be taking off’.
Concrete Playground –‘A star-studded black comedy for anyone who's ever fantasised about killing their boss’.
My boyfriend had this as a christmas present so one friday night we decided to sit down and watch it. My opinion after watching the film is that it isn't really a 'staying in on a friday night' blockbuster.....more a 'there's nothing on tv' midweek film.
I won't give anything away - the film is basically about three mates who all have horrible bosses, for various different reasons. They decide that their lives would be so much easier if their bosses weren't around, so decide to have them bumped off. Obviously their plans don't go smoothly and there are a few laughs along the way as they get themselves into a bit of bother.
I wouldn't say that I was laughing out loud while watching this, but there were moments that made me giggle, and some that were quite cringy (don't watch with your parents!). Seeing as the film has an all-star cast I suppose I was expecting more from the film. It's in the same style as films like 'The Hangover', but nowhere near as funny.
I think it was only bought for about £5 from a supermarket, so probably about right for the entertainment level. I'd watch it again but as above, probably just one evening in the week if there was nothing on tv.
Look out for Colin Farrell - I didn't recognise him right through the entire film!
I've been wanting to see Horrible Bosses ever since I saw an advert for it to promote its cinema release. I had heard quite a lot about it at the time of release, I seem to remember that the advertising agency in charge of the film stuck some 10 foot high voodoo dolls in a city somewhere and let passers by vent their frustrations on the dolls and share their horror stories of horrible bosses too. Pretty clever promotional work! We were going to see it at the cinema but ended up watching something else instead (Bad Teacher I think), so when it came on Sky Premier on Friday I watched it straight away.
I hadn't realised just how excellent the cast was (especially for a comedy which normally has maybe 2 or 3 big hitters in the cast). Firstly we have the 3 main characters who you will recognise from comedy films. Jason Bateman is quite a well known actor now after starring in quite a number of funny films (The Switch, Change Up, Juno, etc). The big actors come in in smaller parts, the main 3 being the 3 'horrible bosses'. On the advertising billboards Jennifer Aniston is described simply as a Man-eater, Kevin Spacey as a Psycho and Collin Farrell as a Tool! I actually did a double take when Collin Farrell came into a scene as the makeup department have excelled with his character! Sporting a major receding hairline and a fairly big tummy, he seems overly short with a massive ego, a cocaine problem and an ability to rub people up completely the wrong way. He does say some fairly offensive things about disabled people, fat people and minorities, so avoid if easily offended! Farrell's characters ends up being Kurt's boss which is a turn of events for Kurt as he adored his job until this point.
Aniston (Dr Julia Harris) is a dentist and one of the main characters works for her as a dental assistant. She is basically a nympho and won't stop until she has had her wicked way with Dale. His friends can't see what his problem is, but he's a bit wet and completely committed to his fiancé so it's a bit of a problem for him, especially when she cavorts around the office practically naked and locks him in her office, etc etc! Oh and there's the minor point that he's on the sex offenders list and Harris knows but still employed him, so he can't find work elsewhere....!
The horrible boss played by Kevin Spacey is the worst horrible boss. He's your worst nightmare and makes Jason Batemans character (Nick) life a living hell. Chastising him for being literally two minutes late when he comes in at 6.02am despite not actually due to start work till 9am, blackmailing him that he can't leave, and basically just putting him in lots of awkward positions that he seemingly can't get out of. After a night on the town drinking, the trio jokingly talk about killing their bosses so they can get on with their happy carefree lives, and then they realise that they actually could do it and set about making a plan. The general idea is that they will kill their bosses but the journey to that point is absolutely hilarious. Queue a few cameo roles from Jamie Foxx and someone else who I recognise but can't quite put my finger on! Jamie Foxx is an absolute star in this film and is so funny, living up to the trios stereotypes of the typical 'black man' he takes advantage of the stereotype and toys with them. So funny to see. Blink and you might miss Donald Sutherland in the beginning, but nice to see nonetheless.
Opening quote of the film just about sums up the lives of the 3 guys: 'I get to work before the sun comes up, and I leave long after it's gone down. I haven't had sex in 6 months with someone other than myself. And the only thing in my refrigerator is an old lime. It could be an old kiwi, no way to tell.'
The film is just plain funny, lots of goofy behaviour and a few turn of events make the behaviour worse, but I won't give anything away. There isn't anything that I didn't like about this film. All the characters were just as they should have been and the actors playing them were just right. Bateman was perfect for the lead role and his sidekicks didn't do a bad job either. Aniston stood out for me, purely because her character is so in your face and full on, it makes for an entertaining watch.
At 98 minutes it's a right length of time to keep the viewer entertained, and the outtakes at the end is worth hanging around for too.
Most definitely worth a watch.
Haven't we all had a boss we would like to get rid of in a painful way? The film follows three friends who, over a few beers, come up with the plan to murder their abusive horrible bosses. Two have fairly typical egotistical power crazy bosses and one has Jennifer Aniston as a boss who is sexually harassing him.
It is a very funny film, some highlights include the various ways Aniston harasses her employee, the three guys trying to find a hitman but instead finding a man who wants to wee on them and the whole big mess they get themselves into trying to carry out their plan!
I like films where you get a sense of justice at the end - my favourite is the way that Aniston get her comeuppance.
The film has a pretty impressive line up of actors; Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey, and Jamie Foxx and they do not let themselves down, they are entertaining and funny.
It is one of the funniest films I've seen in a long time. It is a bit silly but it's a comedy so it's supposed to be.
Film Only Review:
Take three friends all with horrible bosses. Nick (Jason Bateman) works at a firm for his boss Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey) who completely belittles him and he loses a much wanted and hard worked for promotion at the last minute. Dale (Charlie Day) works as a dental assistant for Dr. Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston) who is relentless at pursuing him for sex even though Dale isn't interested and is engaged to be married though he can't leave his job due to having a police record and no one really wanting to employ him and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) who originally enjoys working for his boss who treats him like a son, Jack (Donald Sutherland) however when Jack dies suddenly his drug taking egomaniac of a son who doesn't care one bit for the buisness, Bobby (Colin Farrell) takes over.
All three of them really do dislike their bosses and their bosses, all in their unique ways seem to go out of their ways to make the guys squirm. Finally having enough the three come up with a plan...kill em!
First off they try to get someone else to do it. They go to a dodgy bar and meet Dean Jones (Jamie Foxx), who agrees to be their murder consultant and he gives the suggestion that to get away with it all the deaths need to look like an accident so off the guys go in search of accidental ways for the bosses to die without it being traced back to them.
Theres lots of running about, breaking into peoples houses and things being lost and police involvement but can the guys go through with murder or will sinister events take hold where things happen to the bosses without their intervention? lol
My Take On It:
I didn't expect to really like this movie when I rented it out from Blockbusters for £3.50 for the night but got it due to a recommendation from an ex boyfriend (I should have known better than to listen to him eh! lol). Ok the acting was good and Jennifer Aniston made me completely laugh out loud with her complete crude and crassness about sex. She is one hell of a nymph and there is a scene of her in this with knickers and no bra on with a white doctors coat almost revealing her breasts and all I can say is what a body I went green with envy! She is looking fabulous and her character is so dislikable! Dean (Jamie Foxx) again was a good choice of actor for his not so gangster role and Kevin Spacey....well I'm sorry and not and never will be a fan. The three actors who played the employees I had never seen before and to be honest I wasn't all that impressed with them and it wasn't until I had watched the film that I realised that Bobby was Colin Farrell who once again put in a good performance. The film never dragged through its 90 minute runtime to be fair to it and the ending surprised me slightly which made a change for a comedy but all in all in my opinion there were very few funny moments and it could of been better.
Ok if theres nothing else on the box to watch and no other film you want to see. Jen is good in it and saves this film with the help of Mr Foxx but if there is anything else on your to view list then watch theat instead.
This film is rated a 15 which in my opinion is right due to its heavy sexual references (thanks to Jen again lol).
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The only reason I had the misfortune of watching this film is that I was forced to choose another film from a rental shop after the film I actually wanted wasn't in stock. Maybe my disappointment of not renting the film I wanted influenced my opinion of Horrible Bosses... or maybe not.
The plot is thoroughly unbelievable, revolving around the idea that three friends all happen to have nightmare-ish bosses that they then decide to murder. This seems like a flawed and unbelievable concept from the start but it still could have promise to be an entertaining film. But the poor direction makes the film appear messy and without any proper story to it. It's like the director decided to include all the Hollywood clichés in one film to try and impress everyone, but it instead impresses very few.
The DVD case promised me a "hilarious" hour or so of entertainment, when really it was a lukewarm attempt at an action comedy. However, the actors do manage to redeem the film a little, with the leads showing signs at times of true comedic acting. Jennifer Aniston in particular is very entertaining in her raunchy role as a predatorial boss.
About the film
Horrible Bosses is a comedy film that was released at the cinema in the UK on 22nd July 2011 and on DVD and Blu Ray on 21st November 2011. The film is rated 15 due to bad language as well as crude and sexual content. Horrible Bosses has a run time of 98 minutes.
Nick hates his boss. Dale hates his boss. Kurt... well, he likes his boss just fine until he dies and his psychopath son takes over. Each of these three men hates their bosses for different reasons whether it is unwelcome sexual advances or being expected to work ridiculous hours. With different reasons to not be able to quit, Nick, Dale and Kurt are stuck working for the bosses from hell. Instead of quitting, they discuss how to kill their bosses, eliminating the problem. Quickly, they realise that they've managed to hire someone to murder their bosses and get rid of their problems once and for all.
Jason Bateman as Nick Hendricks
Charlie Day as Dale Arbus
Jason Sudeikis as Kurt Buckman
Jennifer Aniston as Dr. Julia Harris, D.D.S
Colin Farrell as Bobby Pellitt
Kevin Spacey as Dave Harken
Jamie Foxx as Dean "Motherfucker" Jones
What I thought
It's getting round to exam time at university now and I actually can't revise in silence. Because of this, I've been putting films on while I write up my notes and Horrible Bosses was just another one on the list.
When it comes to the cast of a film, this one has it all slightly backwards. The three main men in this are played by Jason Bateman (Nick), Charlie Day (Dale) and Jason Sudeikis (Kurt). Normally, these three actors should steal the show and probably be some of the best things about the film. Nick, Dale and Kurt are all likeable guys but they all have terrible bosses. In this sense, I think most people will be able to relate to them as I'm sure we've all felt like killing our bosses at some point or another. While each of their performances is good and funny at the same time, they are definitely outshined by the rest of the cast.
Playing two of the horrible bosses are Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey. Aniston plays a nymphomaniac dentist while Spacey is a control freak head of a department. Aniston's crazy antics were hilarious and I loved her role the most out of any other in this film. The role of Julia is something completely different for Aniston and a role I have definitely never seen her play before. She did an amazing job and I loved her in this film. Spacey was also great as Dave. He plays the role with a lot of intensity and was actually quite scary. Both character's scripts were the best in the film and they are also given a lot of funny things to do.
Everyone that I know who had already seen this told me that it was hilarious so I went into watching it with quite high hopes. The idea of the film was a good one and something that I thought would be really funny if done well. For the most part, this was a funny film but far from hilarious. As I said before, Aniston and Spacey play the best and funniest characters so this is where I found myself laughing the most. The main three men do go through some quite strange and weird situations when trying to figure out what to do with their bosses but I thought some of it was quite lame. Nothing they did was insanely funny but I did laugh a little bit. I really wish that this film had been a lot funnier as the hype had built it up a lot.
The plot idea was something new and different for a comedy and I liked this aspect of the film. The scriptwriters have obviously tried to keep an insane idea as normal as possible with a tamed down script in places. I think that this was a good thing though as it means that people can still relate to what is going on. Yes, there are still times when things happen and are said that probably never would be but a lot of the film is kept as realistic as possible. Horrible Bosses was entertaining from beginning to end and I really enjoyed watching people's relationships and thoughts change over the course of the film.
I was glad that I never paid to go and see this at the cinema and while I enjoyed it, it wasn't worth paying that much money for. I'm glad I borrowed it from my flatmate.
I enjoyed this film and one of the benefits is that it is a film you can watch again and still have a god giggle at. There are three situations at play, the psycho, the nympho and the tool. Three friends deal with one of these each, sharing their troubles with each other as all working people do! The psycho, played by Kevin Spacey, torments his employee played by Jason Bateman, by convincing him to do inappropriate things at work and then using it against him. The tool played by Colin Farrell, a nasty shallow man (who I must say, plays an ugly weirdo quite well and is nice to see him doing something other than brood!) is made owner of his lovely fathers business after his death, he torments Jason Sudeikis after realising his father much prefered his employee to his own son! And finally my favourite, Jennifer Aniston, the sex-obsessed dentist who is constantly harassing her dental assistant, Charlie Day. Charlie is in a happy relationship, and much to the dismay of his friends, refuses to sleep with beautiful and hilarious dentist. After some deliberation, they decide to kill each others bosses, as they won't be linked and they'll get away with it, after much trouble and mayhem all's well that ends well and without giving too much away is truly a funny film you will enjoy watching!
The cast of 'Horrible Bosses' is what originally drew me to this film, as I was dubious about how a film about murder could be funny and tasteful. I was so wrong! This is one of the most genuinely amusing comedies that Hollywood has churned out over the past 10 years and I'm very glad that I gave it a chance.
There is no weak link in the cast, with the lesser known actors being just as good as the bigger stars such as Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston. 'Arrested Development' and 'Juno' star Jason Bateman is hilarious as Nick, a man who is driven insane by his boss, played by Kevin Spacey. Charlie Day and Jason Sudekis star as Dale and Kurt, respectively, men in similar positions to Nick. Colin Farrell was pleasantly surprising as Kurt's outlandish and morally weak boss with a cocaine addiction and affinity for kung fu. Even Jennifer Aniston, who has done very few films of a high quality in my opinion, provides many laughs as the raunchy boss of Charlie Day who will stop at nothing to ruin his relationship with former Sabrina the Teenage Witch actress Lindsay Sloane (it was nice seeing her in something since Sabrina!).
The plot is relatively simple: three men whose lives have been ruined by their troublesome bosses hire a 'murder consultant' (played by Jamie Foxx) to help them kill off their bosses. The film was quick paced in my opinion and although some jokes fell flat, the great comedic performances made up for it. It also didn't feel too long which is the sign of a good film for me as there's nothing worse than being bored out of your mind and stuck in a cinema. The standout star of the film for me was Charlie Day who had me shrieking with laughter at multiple moments. I won't ruin it for anyone that has yet to watch this film but all I'll say is: That's Not My Name! Give it a watch, hopefully you'll enjoy it as much as I did.
Due to having a regular late finish on a Friday night these days it would seem that we more regularly sit down to enjoy a movie on a Friday, rather than going out. Of course we now have a choice between a massive backlog of movies on Sky+ or the current offerings from lovefilm and this week it was lovefilm's turn to provide our Friday evening entertainment. The film in question was Horrible Bosses, a movie that seemed to get good reviews and having seen the trailers looked quite funny. It had a decent cast and mostly positive reviews so we were hopeful.
It's hard to get motivated for work at the best of times but for Nick, Dale and Kurt their bosses make their life hell. Nick having worked harder than he's ever worked before is passed over for a promotion, when his boss decides to take the role himself. Meanwhile Dale is being sexually harassed by his dentist boss and Kurt has to put up with Bobby Pellitt the waster son of the company's original owner. One night the three friends are so ticked off they decide its time to do something about it and hatch a plot to kill each other's bosses.
I'd not come across director Seth Gordon's previous work and so I knew very little about what to expect from Horrible Bosses. He does a pretty good job with each scene and creates a movie, that although is quite slow to begin with actually works quite well. It has plenty of comedy scattered about its, slightly too long, 106 minute runtime. He does create a good background to each of the characters and their motives and seems to ensure that although each story is intertwined that there is plenty of screen time devoted to developing each characters distain for their boss.
The script is a combination effort between 3 writers who count the likes of Ted Danson's doctor sitcom Becker and Crime Drama Bones amongst their writing credits. The concept they have come up with for Horrible Bosses works, afterall, I'm sure everyone has had a boss they wished wasn't around anymore. The only criticism would have is that the film has quite a slow start to it and even the comedy seems to take a little while to kick in, but when it does the combination of a decent script and credible direction make for a reasonable movie.
It would be fair to say that this is a film that contains a lot of big names and I had wondered how the combination of that many stars in one movie would work. The answer is that it works surprisingly well, although I did feel that Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell were massively underused. In the lead roles as Nick, Dale and Kurt the casting of Jason Bateman, Charlie Dale and Jason Sudeikis respectively works really well. The three are convincing as onscreen friends and even show a sufficient amount of determination and then trepidation about what they are planning to do.
There is as always a good performance from Kevin Spacey as Nick's psychopathic boss. As usual he really makes the role his own and really portrays an evil boss with what appears to be very little effort. The more I see Jennifer Aniston recently the more two things crop into my mind. Firstly she is improving as an actress and no longer just appears to be Rachel from Friends and secondly she is looking incredible, particularly when you see her in very little clothing in this film. Rounding off the bosses is Colin Farrell as Bobby Pellitt but sadly his screen time is largely reduced compared to the others.
It is probably fair to say that Horrible Bosses wasn't quite as good as I'd heard it was going to be, but it was still an enjoyable movie. It had plenty of funny moments and a lot of instances that I think most people can relate to with their own boss. I did feel it was a little longer than perhaps it needed to be, but it still worked and had me laughing a lot, admittedly more towards the middle and end of the movie. If you enjoy a comedy with some dark humour, then this is certainly one to look out for. I don't think it was as good as the reviews and hype made out but it was still a good film and for that reason I'd happily give it a 4 star recommendation.
When I saw that there was a film coming out starring both Jason Bateman and Charlie Day, along with Kevin Spacey and, to a lesser extent, Jennifer Aniston, I knew this was a film I had to see. I am a fan of Jason Bateman's from his role in 'Arrested Development' and Charlie Day from 'Always Sunny In Philadelphia' (and Kevin Spacey from his entire career), and so was keen to see this film based on its actors alone. When one of my best friends watched it recently and said it was hilarious, and she usually recommends good comedies, I decided to finally get around to watching it.
== Horrible Bosses ==
Nick, Dale and Kurt hate their bosses. Nick's (Bateman) boss Harken (Spacey) is a massive arsehole who keeps teasing him with the chance of a promotion and mentally tortures him. Dale's (Day) boss constantly tries to blackmail him to sleep with her, which is still unacceptable despite the fact she's played by the very hot Jennifer Aniston. When Kurt's (Jason Sudeikis) boss dies and his cokehead son takes over the business, the job he once loved turns into a living hell. Luckily the three men are old friends and so can take their pain out on each other, although the other two never really take Dale's problem seriously. All their bosses then take things a step too far and the three friends decide that only one thing can be done to make their lives better: they have to kill their bosses. Of course, even such a stellar plan as that is bound to have a few issues, and soon they run into a lot more trouble than they anticipated.
== What I Thought ==
While I knew this was never going to be a film that I adored and would want to watch again and again, I did imagine it would be a good laugh that would be an entertaining way to spend an hour and a half. On that note, 'Horrible Bosses' lived up to expectations and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was funny, well acted and cleverly written in a way that was not too serious yet also not unbelievable.
== Acting ==
Since I knew Bateman and Day from their roles in two of my favourite American comedies, I had relatively high hopes for their performances in this film. Although they didn't seem to have drifted massively far from their characters in said TV shows, they acted their parts well and were very funny to watch. I wasn't familiar with the third main actor, Jason Sudeikis, but I thought that he was good in this role and is a good comedy actor. The show was definitely stolen by Spacey and Anniston, however, with the former being up to his usual brilliant standard and with the latter pulling off the sexy nympho act with aplomb. There were some other good performances here, such as Jamie Foxx as Dean 'Motherf***er' Jones. I wouldn't say that anyone deserves any awards for their acting here but it was all good enough for this film.
== Story and Script ==
Despite being a slightly silly plot for a comedy film, everything was written in such a way that it was all believable enough within the context of the film. There were lots of witty lines and funny situations and this film worked very well as a comedy. Despite a few clichés, 'Horrible Bosses' did not feel like a rehash of many films I've seen before, which is often the case with other sitcom films which have little in the way of original material.
== Conclusion ==
I had fairly high hopes for this film, based on its actors and story, and it fortunately lived up to it. 'Horrible Bosses' was a great comedy that was brilliant for a laugh and was an hour and a half well spent, in my view. I would be happy to see it again in the future but doubt I would buy it on DVD. As it currently costs about £9, having been released only a month or so ago, it's also not massively worth purchasing yet as the price will inevitably go down in a few months. I would, however, recommend buying it when it's a bit cheaper if you haven't seen it yet, as it is a very enjoyable American comedy film.
I wasn't keen on the thought of watching this at first thinking it would probably be some cheesy, almost romcom kind of thing. Having been convinced to go along, I was actually pleasantly surprised because it was better than I had expected.
The film really is what it says in the title, as this is all about Horrible Bosses. We're introduced to three ordinary guys: Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis), and their bosses respectively: Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey), Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston) and Bobby Pellitt (Colin Farrell). All the guys have one thing in common - their work lives are being made a misery by their somewhat psychotic, always irritating, bosses.
But what can these guys do when quitting isn't on the cards when there's bills to pay? Hatch a plan to kill their bosses of course. What goes from a drunken idea to play with soon becomes more real as they embark on hiring a consultant for murder (Jamie Foxx) to kill each other's bosses.
What I really liked about this film is that these guys are very normal. They don't know what they're doing, they're unprofessional, they're a bit stupid, and they're in the same position a lot of people are with disliking their superiors at work! The film does get a little crazy and unbelievable, but it's entertaining and comical in a way that's not too overdone so as to be slapstick funny. It seemed to get the balance right here, between being fairly realistic and still being outrageous enough so as to be funny.
I didn't necessarily find this a laugh out loud film, but it was easy enough to watch and there were moments that I found quite amusing. I'm not usually one for comedies because I find they can go either way, but this was enjoyable . Granted, it won't win comedy of the year, but there are far worse comedy flicks out there! It did have the downside, as I had guessed before watching, of being a bit predictable and even slightly awkward in parts, so there's nothing groundbreaking really done in this film in terms of cast or comedy value. This is really why I've rated it the way I have, because it was just ok - yes it was better than I had anticipated, but then again I had thought it would be too boring and stupid to watch even 5 minutes of it.
What was also good was the cast, despite me thinking a film with Aniston in wouldn't be up to much (again, me thinking a cheesy, romcom affair). The characters were actually all played pretty well and were brought to life with vivid colour by the cast, the three employees in particular.
Overall, I would recommend this. It was actually a film that I found myself thinking about a few days after watching it, which doesn't happen that often. This is an easy and entertaining watch, and so you may be pleasantly surprised by it like I was.
93 minutes running time, rated certificate 15
Due for DVD release November 2011, pre-order at Amazon for £9.99.
Three guys who hate their bosses (Bateman, Day and Sudeikis) hatch a bizarre plot with the help of Jamie Foxx to kill their bosses (Spacey, Farrell and Aniston).
The first part of the film establishes the protagonists and antagonists. Bateman's character is an easygoing charmer and is quite likeable. Sudeikis does a great job conveying years of pent-up aggression with his scrunchy face, his character has some great moments and is more believable than Charlie Day who plays a dental assistant, who basically acts like an immature wimp and whines constantly.
Spacey is fantastic as usual, especially at the beginning, and really seems to enjoy playing a horrible boss quite realistically. On the other end of the spectrum Farrell is a comic-book character, holding orgies at the office and doing mounds of coke.
It was hard for me to judge Jennifer Aniston and her interpretation of her nymphomaniac dentist boss character. In every scene she is either extremely scantily-clad or is yelling filthy and rather detailed sexual demands to Day, so it was a bit hard to concentrate. I remember thinking that her character was unrealistic, but at the same time sincerely wishing that she was my boss in real life.
Jamie Foxx is in there as well, playing a 'murder consultant' but just seems to be there to pad out the film. You could have removed him entirely and it wouldn't have affected the plot.
I found myself thinking of The Hangover whilst watching it, as the main character archetypes are very close (borderline retard, laid back guy, highly-strung guy) but it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the film.
The plot revolves around the three friends coming up with a scheme to murder their bosses but takes some quite amusing twists and turns. There are a few funny moments but Horrible Bosses just isn't as funny as it thinks it is - the 'bro' humour that two of the three have seems forced and Day's character is just annoying. So very, very annoying.
There's enough here to keep you entertained, I was smiling most of the way through it but there weren't any huge laughs to make this film stand out.
I have no idea why I decided to watch this movie; maybe because there are just no good films on at the moment and this seems like the best option...? It's not amazing, but it certainly did kill time.
~~~THOUGHTS ON PLOT~~~
Dale (Charlie Day), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Nick (Jason Bateman) hates their bosses Julia (Jennifer Aniston), Bobby (Colin Farrell) and Dave (Kevin Spacey) respectively. They plot to kill them. I don't know what else to say- that IS actually what the plot is about!
Here's a little background. Julia drives Dale insane by constantly making highly inappropriate sexual advances as he's engaged, Bobby does not care for company his father built which Kurt has worked long and hard for and Dave led Nick to believe he was getting a promotion only to absorb that promotion himself.
With the advice of assumed hit man Dean Jones (Jamie Foxx), the three friends plot to kill their bosses with a not so elaborate scheme.
The three story lines are not completely believable and highly exaggerated, though definitely the catalyst for the humour. I thought the most hilarious one was Julia and Dale's outrageous working relationship. The plot was supposedly straightforward but I thought the execution was a bit of a mess- there was some sort of structure but it fell through about halfway and then it became slightly predictable what would happen.
The beginning and the end was well structured but there was a lot of mess in between. I can't actually remember a lot of what happened or the order in which it happened even though I just watched it! That said, there were several humorous bits dotted throughout the movie. I liked the scene with the 'wetwork man' with Ioan Gruffudd in a cameo role- it was predictable he wasn't actually a hit man but it was hilarious nonetheless.
Talking of the ending, which was also predictable, it was snappy and short and it did leave you wanting for a bit more. The film did build it up to be a big climax but didn't really follow through- though it was acceptable how each of the three storylines got tied.
Kevin Spacey- Dave Harken
Colin Farrell- Bobby Pellitt
Jennifer Aniston- Dr Julia Harris
Jason Bateman- Nick Hendricks
Charlie Day- Dale Arbus
Jason Sudeikis- Kurt Buckman
Jamie Foxx- Dean Jones
Ioan Gruffudd- Wetwork Man
With such a large cast, it was quite difficult to see them all shine. The three male leads did a good job at showcasing their individual character's personality, and bonded well together. Jennifer Aniston was her typical film self. Jamie Foxx also eluded a mysterious style that he carries in his movies.
'Horrible Bosses' isn't anything new in the movie world, nor is it a must see, though for fans of any of the actors here, or just want a mindless time killer, this could be for you. I wouldn't watch it again unless I was completely bored- there are MUCH better films out there!