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03 November 2011

Horrible Bosses (2011)


Directed by: Seth Gordon
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 97 Minutes
Far from original, and it pretty much is a generic comedy, but at the same time, you cannot help but enjoy the senseless plot. Taking the idea of having hard-ass bosses and the desire to kill them is interesting and although many of the things we see are not original, the film is still cleverly put together. Seth Gordon, the director knew what he was doing here partially and the film while you won’t find the meaning of life, is still a pretty fun comedy.


For Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day), the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses (Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston) into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few-too-many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con (Jamie Foxx), the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly fool proof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers... permanently.

Although I have not yet entered the world of work, I can understand what they mean by ‘horrible’ bosses. Older people will find this film even funnier if they do and their possible ideas of killing their boss (or hurting them) will be reminded to them when watching this film. It takes this rational idea and throws in three rather idiotic men who clearly don’t have what it takes to murder. The film will not bore you with all the action happening and as a comedy it does have a few good laughs that would be good to watch with friends.

However, the film is painfully unoriginal featuring stereotypes and a pop culture kind of style. Some of the stereotypes are just annoying, but a lot of them here are very funny. The three main stereotypes are the bosses. One boss is old, grouchy and a real hard ass. Another is very young, uncaring for his work and completely irresponsible, whose father died which was why he is now the boss of that company. In addition, he is a cokehead. The third boss is probably the biggest stereotype- an attractive and perverted female dentist. Strange how women are depicted in films these days, but who said it was not funny? For once, we see a woman sexually harassing someone and that turn around was very amusing.

I think it is the choice of actors used that makes the film even more amusing, giving it a bit of premise. The one I am most familiar with is Kevin Spacey as the boss Harken. Spacey was great as John Doe in David Fincher’s “Seven”. Bateman has starred in many films, recently “Juno” and Jennifer Aniston (the female boss) has starred in films like “Marley and Me” and “Bruce Almighty”. So, this variety of casting was doubtfully interesting even if they are not brilliant actors.

The three people Kurt, Nick and Dale are a simple cast but have little personalities, which thankfully do not make them incredibly boring on screen. “Horrible Bosses” is a reasonably fun film with good comedy, an unoriginal but cleverly assembled idea and it makes for one fun show. This is the kind of film to watch with friends and doing so will probably make it funnier.
My Rating: 7/10

2 comments:

  1. I'll give this one a watch when it comes to DVD, great review Tom

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  2. I really want to see this one. great review as always!

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