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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 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, the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers...permanently. There’s only one problem: even the best-laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them.
Over the top? Ridiculous? Yes, indeed. But Horrible Bosses is actually a truly hilarious movie that wings along on the strength of its leading actors and their amazing chemistry--and on its great high-concept premise. Three friends, Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis), and Dale (Charlie Day), commiserate about their three respective Horrible Bosses. And yes, each is the worst kind of HR nightmare. Nick's boss is Dave (Kevin Spacey, terrific), a control-freak megalomaniac. Kurt's is Bobby (an almost unrecognizable Colin Farrell), a skeevy cokehead. And Dale's is Julia (Jennifer Aniston, having so much fun it's contagious), a sexual harasser who never misses an opportunity to prey (or swear). Suddenly, there's a Hitchcockian twist: What if each of the miserable workers could make one of the others' worst nightmares go away? But Horrible Bosses is no Strangers on a Train. Instead, it's a rollicking romp of bad-intentions-gone-even-worse, with the chemistry of all of the actors keeping things moving along crisply. The supporting cast is also great, including Donald Sutherland and Jamie Foxx, a tough hood whom the trio has the very bad sense to get "hit tips" from. Spacey hasn't been in his element like this in years, and it's great to see him back in top form. Farrell should be appreciated as a comic genius after this performance (splendidly directed, it should be pointed out, by veteran TV sitcom director Seth Gordon). And Horrible Bosses gives Aniston a meaty role she was born to play--assertive, moral-less, vengeful, petty. And all of it hilarious. For anyone who's ever had a bad boss, and even fleetingly played with the dark notion that's played here for laughs, Horrible Bosses is the best kind of revenge--served with laughs. --A.T. Hurley
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : NEWL1000208271DVD
- Director : Seth Gordon
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 38 minutes
- Release date : October 11, 2011
- Actors : Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish
- Studio : Warner Bros. Pictures
- ASIN : B004EPZ084
- Number of discs : 1
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- #7,502 in Comedy (Movies & TV)
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The gist of the story, three regular guys think they can become killers. That’s the basis of the comedy because they have no idea what they’re doing. The comedy comes from how incompetent they all are. It has some really good writing and low brow humor thrown in as well.
A very talented movie.
The ability of the main characters is undeniable. Charlie Day is SO flexible and so 'on point' in his scenes. He is a quick study as an actor. Jason Bateman delivers a very intimately emotional performance in his character. [ I won't continue with the other excellent actors.]
This movie is simply FUNNY. The acting is so well placed, so accurate. Jennifer Aniston is VERY funny.... They are ALL very funny.. Kevin Spacey is very, VERY believable, as a psychopathic boss. ALL the actors are totally believable, and their timing is impeccable (due to editing, or NOT).
A VERY funny movie.
If you think you might like this movie? JUST GET IT. You won't be disappointed.
PS - I am still trying to find Jennifer Aniston's Dental Office....
The acting is all too frequently way over the top. The dialogue ranges from acceptable to horribly cliche. The movie is a mess.
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Vor allem die kleinen Nebenrollen, die eigentlich mit den größeren Namen besetzt sind, wie Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell als glatzköpfiger, koksender Junior-Chef (erinnert mich irgendwie an Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder) oder Jamie Foxx als Klein-Gangster, machen das Tolle an dem Film aus, aber natürlich auch die Hauptdarsteller, die authentisch, aber vor allem sehr witzig herüberkommen...