What She said:
Let’s level with eachother, we’ve all had bad bosses,
right? People who don’t give a crap about you as they collect
the big paychecks and watch you grind your knuckles to the bone
from the comfort of their extravagantly decorated window
offices. Yeah, we’ve all had them. But Horrible
Bosses show you just how terrible supervisors can be.
Actually, the bosses in Horrible Bosses are so terrible
that they almost seem, well, fictional. But let’s suspend
belief for the sake of some comedic gold.
Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis), and Dale (Charlie
Day) all have rotten bosses. I mean these people make their
lives miserable. Nick’s boss, Harken (Kevin Spacey) is so
evil that he hangs the prospect of a promotion above Nick’s head,
just in an effort to get him to work harder, as if 70 hour weeks
aren’t bad enough. Kurt’s boss, Bobby Pellit, is a glorified
coke-head a-hole, who goes out of his way to make Kurt feel
uncomfortable. And then we have Dale’s boss. Oh poor
Dale. He is a dental assistant to Dr. Julia Harris (Jennifer
Aniston) who is a crazed nympho hell-bent on reinventing the words
sexual harassment. The boys don’t feel as though they have
the option of quitting their jobs and moving on to better
employment, and so they hatch this grand scheme to kill them
instead. Again, believe it for the sake of comedic
enjoyment. With the help of MF Jones (Jamie Foxx), whose full
character name I won’t dare say (you can figure it out), they
follow through on their plan and attempt to bring an end of their
suffering. Of course, things don’t go as originally
hoped. But that’s what raunchy buddy comedies are all
Horrible Bosses comes on the tail of original comedy
classics like The Hangover, and borrows a lot from that
film’s concept. Three guys get put in a lot of rather funny,
but highly unlikely situations. We get to watch them roll
with the punches and scramble to clean up their messes.
Actually, I like to think of this movie as sort of a National
Geographic documentary on people. What happens when good
people do uncharacteristically bad things? There’s lots of
foul language, drugs, and sex stuff. To be frank, it was
somewhat startling to hear Jennifer Aniston say some of the things
she did. She was such a good girl on Friends.
But hey, the guys will like that.
I can’t help but feel like this movie is a second rate version
of Office Space that doesn’t offer much relatable value to
the average working Joe. But it’s got funny moments, and so
it’s fun to watch with your friends. I wish the movie would
have had more of Colin Farrell. He was by far the best
character. Spacey and Batemen were also great to watch.
They are what tip the scales for Horrible Bosses and make
it worthy of a rental.
Thumbs mostly up.
What he said:
This movie reminded me a bit ofHot
Tub Time Machine. There were moments where I laughed my
ass off and others where I felt the jokes fell flat on their faces.
I will say though, I did think this was much more consistent
than Hot Tub Time Machine.
The movie is about exactly what the title suggests. I’m talking
about some genuinely horrible people. They are so bad that the
three main characters go from kidding about wishing their bosses
are dead, to actually planning their demise. In order to this, they
recruit the help of MF Jones, who is portrayed in a most hilarious
way by Jamie Fox. He was really quite funny in this small role.
And speaking of funny in a small role, Colin Farrell was
awesome! I didn’t know this guy had it in him to pull off such a
hilarious performance. Sure the character is a bit over-the-top,
but I can absolutely see elements of him in people I have –
unfortunately – encountered throughout my life. This guy is
the textbook definition of a tool and Farrell injects a nice
balance of absurdity, but also believability into the character.
I give those involved in the creation of this movie a lot of
credit for not only casting these two in roles I could not have
imagined them in, but making the best of some very limited screen
time. The only mistake they made was not focusing on these
characters a little more. I didn’t think Kevn Spacey and Jennifer
Aniston were bad at all, but simply found Farrell so good, I have to
wonder why he was the one horrible boss they chose to focus on the
least. The guy was simply hilarious and I wanted to see more of
Interestingly enough, I found the three main characters to be
the weakest part of the movie. They had some funny moments, but
quite a few of their jokes were simply not funny to me,
particularly Charlie Day. I found him to be almost unwatchable. His
performance was the definition of trying too hard.
Rating: Thumbs half way up.
This movie review was given the He said, She said seal of
approval on October 25, 2011.