Horrible Bosses Movie Review

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Horrible Bosses Review

For those of you who have a job with a terrible boss that makes your life miserable each day, did you ever wish at least once, “Man, I really wish I could get rid of this butthead”. If so, then your dream has been adapted into a film: Horrible Bosses. Horrible Bosses revolves around three friends (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis) who each have intolerable bosses (Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, and Colin Farrell respectively). Having been fed up with their employers’ overbearing antics, the trio decide to murder their abusive bosses with their own convoluted and somewhat foolproof plan. I mean, what else would they do? Jamie Foxx and Julie Bowen also make appearances, with a cameo by President Snow himself, Donald Sutherland. Personally, it was a hit and miss comedy for me, and I’m here to tell you why.

What I liked:

The performances and the chemistry between Bateman, Day, and Sudeikis were awesome. These three work very well together and their simple banter between one another can be some of the funniest scenes in the film. The best part about the film however are the horrible bosses themselves. Spacey as the sadistic corporate magnate; Aniston as the sex-addicted dentist; and Farrell playing the cocaine addicted idiot running a chemical company. It is easy to tell they had so much fun playing some really despicable people.

What I didn’t like:

Many of the jokes fell flat. Although there was a great set of actors and characters, the writing seemed to be lazy at its worst.  Many jokes that didn’t involve the bosses themselves suffered from this.  Most of the humor is pretty crude, which is good in controlled doses, which this film does not have.

All in all, Horrible Bosses was somewhat enjoyable, but it wasn’t really hitting the right beats to be an amazing comedy. Though Bateman, Day, and Sudeikis are good in their roles, they just are not as cool and maniacal as their employers. Many people do love this movie; while at the same time many people seem to hate it.  This is understandable. If you enjoy crude humor and great characters then this is the movie for you. If you want a comedy that is less crude that relies more on its story and jokes, then maybe reconsider Horrible Bosses. See it for the performances at least: all three of those horrible bosses were spectacular in the movie.

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