You know, with all the comedies that come out, the glut of which have so much low brow humor, it’s refreshing when you see one tha you enjoy. Not to say there isn’t some low brow humor in Horrible Bosses, but thankfully, it’s actually FUNNY.
You know, with all the comedies that come out, the glut of which have so much low brow humor, it’s refreshing when you see one that you enjoy. Not to say there isn’t some low brow humor in Horrible Bosses, but thankfully, it’s actually FUNNY.
Ah yes, I think everyone’s had at least one of those bosses you wish you could eliminate. You know the one; he/she is a raving lunatic and expects the impossible, belittles you in front of other people and/or sexually harasses you daily. I had a lunatic for a boss once. I quit and moved across the country. So there, psycho! But not everyone has that option. Some people are trapped. So they decide to kill their insane boss. And that’s what Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale, (Charlie Day), and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) have decided to do after they joke about it while having drinks one night.
Nick’s boss is insane, plays mind games and blatantly has stated that he “owns” Nick. Sounds like Kevin Spacey, and it is. Dale’s a dental assistant and his boss won’t stop sexually harassing him. It’s Jennifer Aniston, so I’m not sure what guy is turning her down, but ale has a fiance’ and his fed up with the advances. Kurt’s cokehead boss is a sleaze bag that wants to bleed the company dry and get out ever since he inherited it after his dad died.
These guys decide to hire someone to do the jobs, but ultimately they choose to murder each other’s bosses, because hey, it’s expensive. They take a dark premise and things go terribly awry. I suppose it’s no surprise that things spiral out of control, but these three actors manage to work well together on screen.
You know, at first this seemed like a movie that wouldn’t go anywhere and I really didn’t have much faith in it. But to my surprise, Horrible Bosses is a pretty funny film. Everyone plays their role admirably. Bateman, Sudeikis and Day are almost a form of Three Stooges – well, mostly Charlie Day. But he’s a likable stand-up guy.
Jamie Fox plays the so-called ‘gun-for-hire’. Donald Sutherland plays the boss that loves Kurt, but leaves his business to sleazy Colin Farrell. Sutherland seems to be making quite a career of character roles in his later years. He’s a pro so he’s great, but all of these little parts are so small I get the feeling this is his idea of retirement.
Is there some raunchy humor? Sure, but not so much like fart jokes. It’s not 14 year old boy stuff. In fact, this rated R stuff. Those fans of the show Friends should beware. Jennifer Aniston is funny here, but she ain’t your cute little Rachel Green. She’s got a mouth like a porn star so buckle up, kids. That being said, it’s pretty funny seeing her be as filthy as she is in this. They certainly didn’t go soft on the dialogue (rimshot, please).
Even though some of the humor is low brow, like The Hangover 2, Horrible Bosses manages to be more entertaining because it’s not a sequel, and for simply being funnier without resorting to gross-out humor. The thought of a Hangover 3 does not bode well at all. And frankly, if they make a sequel of Horrible Bosses, I will be made sad. They better just leave enough alone.
I’m definitely surprised by Horrible Bosses. I’m giving it a solid 3 and a half kittenhands. It’s much funnier than I expected and I had a good time watching a comedy in the theater for what seems like a long time.
~ Neil T. Weakley, your average movie-goer, feeling a little optimistic about film right now. A little.