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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
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My Least Favorite Career
Surviving A Horrible Boss
Being Mean Is So Much Fun
Making of the Horrible Bosses soundtrack
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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 "R" rating for this movie is for real, and is about the language in particular (when you have a character whose very name can't be mentioned in the trailers and reviews you know you're in that territory). Many qualities of this movie (including the screenplay, the directing and editing, and the superb original score) had to come together for it to be as good as it is -- and they do.
This movie is Hilarious. I don't know anything more to say than, if you have not seen this movie you really need to. Especially if you have a Boss who is a Butt.
First the Bosses: We've seen Kevin Spacey already as a horrible boss (Swimming With Sharks), so that character wasn't new, but still entertaining. Colin Farrell was absolutely hysterical as a coked out, nasty, balding, POS with absolutely NO redeeming qualities. Jennifer Aniston is starting to play outside her cookie cutter comedy roles (as she did in "We're The Millers") and becoming a bit more convincing. She still has a ways to go before she is able to completely shed the "girl next door" persona that you get the moment you look at her. In this she plays a nymphomaniac dentist.
The Employees: Charlie Day's character (Dale Arbus) is a slightly annoying character and the most unrealistic character of them all (not like there weren't some others). So, a red-blooded, heterosexual male is going to be "annoyed" and ward off the advances (with NO INDICATION of temptation mind you) of a sexed up Jennifer Aniston??? Jennifer Aniston never did it for me personally, and I'm a happily married guy who takes his vows seriously, but I would be hard pressed to resist this one. Even if I could, it would be quite the internal moral battle! Jason Bateman is always... well... Jason Bateman. I never found him funny (and still don't in this movie) and that's probably because after playing the weak, emasculated, insecure, push-over again and again and again, you just want to see some, how should one say.... balls! It seems he always plays this character.
Then there's Jason Sudeikis. This is the second movie I have ever seen him in (The first being "We're The Millers"), and I'm not sure if he just gets all the good lines, or he just turns all of his lines into comedy gold. My guess would probably be a little of both. He is the comedy gem in this movie and once again some of the lines that come out of his mouth (often quick asides) are just hysterical!
I usually don't like talking about plots in reviews because you can get a storyline on any movie in 1000 different places. But if you like comedy, this movie will definitely get some laughs out of you and in the quantity that warrants a rental.