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Horrible Bosses

Horrible Bosses

What She said:

She

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 about.

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:

He

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 him.

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.