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A breath of fresh air to the R-rated comedy genre,
This review is from: Horrible Bosses (DVD)
There have been quite a few R-rated comedies this year, but they've all left something to be desired. Your Highness collapsed under being nothing but improvised toilet humor, The Hangover Part II was a complete rehash of the original, Hall Pass was just a disappointing attempt by the Farrelly brothers, and Bad Teacher was too tame to really be called "bad" at all. Paul and Bridesmaids were both pretty decent, but Paul wasn't nearly as good as the movies Simon Pegg and Nick Frost collaborated with Edgar Wright on and Bridesmaids pretty much played out like every other Judd Apatow movie out there. It was beginning to feel like every R-rated comedy from here on out would be so similar to everything before it that the laughs it tried to provide wouldn't be very funny at all. Thankfully, Horrible Bosses came along to prove that theory wrong.
What's interesting is that Horrible Bosses kind of follows the same formula as The Hangover; three guys getting themselves into a really terrible situation but roofies are replaced with a crazy scheme to kill their bosses. The funniest aspect of the movie lies within three guys, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day), and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis), obviously having no idea what they're getting themselves into and dealing with the situation in the worst way imaginable. Things get really crazy really fast and only get more hectic as the movie jogs along. That's essentially the movie's charm. While the formulas to the two movies are similar, Horrible Bosses does seem to offer quite a bit more than The Hangover.
The cast may be the strongest factor of the movie though as nearly everybody involved makes the most of their screen time and manages to get a laugh or two in no matter if they're a recognized name or a new face. Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, and Jennifer Aniston play the three bosses and they're all fantastic in their roles. Spacey just goes out of his way to be the most despicable person anyone could really come across while Farrell, despite being selfish and greedy, still manages to toss in a few pretty hysterical one-liners. Aniston will probably be the one that sticks out the most since she makes the biggest impact by being rather forward with her sexual desires for Dale. It's just such a different role from what Aniston has played in the past. The chemistry between Bateman, Day, and Sudeikis is really spot-on, as well. Their conversations, fighting amongst each other and interactions just make you really believe that these three have known each other for years. Even though his role is a little small, Jamie Foxx deserves a mention as well. Dean Jones turns out to just be a really entertaining character overall.
It's difficult to point out any sort of problems this comedy really has, if there are any at all. The film is extremely vulgar, but doesn't really feel entirely too crude or include any gross out gags like many R-rated comedies seem to fall victim to. None of the cast drags the movie down as they all do their part to drive the movie forward. I feel like it won't be as successful as some would think though and will be overshadowed by other comedies that aren't nearly as solid or as funny as Horrible Bosses is. That's really the only complaint anyone could possibly have.
Horrible Bosses is easily the most hilarious R-rated comedy of the summer. The strong cast, amusing dialogue, and entertaining banter between Nick, Dale, and Kurt is more than enough to sky rocket Horrible Bosses to the top of the list of comedies released this year. Charlie Day will have you laughing right from the start. Luckily, Horrible Bosses came along to inject some much needed hilarity into mainstream comedy this season.
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Initial post: Jul 10, 2011, 11:18:12 AM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
I loved Horrible Bosses. Great acting, realistic episodes, perfect casting. I left the theater wanting to see it again. Jason Bateman is the hottest.
Posted on Oct 13, 2011, 6:38:46 AM PDT
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Posted on Nov 25, 2011, 5:35:34 AM PST
Mark O. Avery says:
Spot on review and to my mind you're rightfully at the front for
positive input. Charlie Day, Aniston & Spacey led the way for this
clever, funny film. I concur with your entire review. Good job!
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2011, 9:34:27 PM PST
C. Sawin says:
Thanks a lot, Mark. Glad you enjoyed the film.
Posted on May 11, 2012, 9:53:30 AM PDT
I'm Right says:
Agreed 100%, I was still laughing during the drive home
Posted on Dec 21, 2012, 8:58:26 PM PST
movie lover says:
The only fresh air in this film is if the audiance is blind folded like in the Fabreeze commercials and they are setting in a dumpster full of garbage. Oh that kind of fresh air masking the stink.
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012, 9:22:34 PM PST
I'm Right says:
DOHOHOHO GOOD ONE!!1! SO FUNNE!!
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