Horrible Bosses

How many people hate their jobs? I’m sure many of you either raised your hand like an imbecile or slyly nodded your head. You may be dissatisfied, but does your boss make you do an absurd amount of work only to take the accolades for himself like Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey). Maybe he is a product of nepotism and a drug-addicted jackass hell-bent on running the company into the ground like Bobby Pellitt (Colin Farrell). Or maybe, just maybe, you have an obscenely attractive boss like Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston) who routinely sexually harasses you knowing full well you are out of options at other companies. If you do, then I feel bad for you because they are Horrible Bosses.


Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) have the aforementioned bosses, respectively, and they are tired of being pushed around by these sadistic sociopaths, so they hatch a plan to murder each other’s bosses under the guidance of Dean “Mother F*cker” Jones (Jamie Foxx).

The similarities to Strangers on a Train is not lost on the writers of the film – they even mention it in the film – but I’m willing to bet this version is much more crude and vulgar. I don’t know how director, Seth Gordon, got Aniston to let loose, but whatever it was clearly had an effect on her. The things that come out of her mouth are just insanely dirty and reserved for most pornography. That being said, it is hilarious seeing someone so typically reserved throw all inhibition to the wind and go for it. Then, her absurdity is matched in full by Spacey.

Spacey’s Harken is psychotic. There is really no other way to put it. He is arrogant, rude, self-serving, jealous and maniacal and who else would you cast other than Spacey? The combination of Spacey, Aniston and to a lesser extent Farrell provides Bosses with the little extra spark it needed to make it a worthwhile film. They encapsulate everything you hear about terrible workplace leaders across a wide range of companies.

Bateman, Sudeikis and Day are great in their own right, as well. They don’t do anything especially extraordinary, but they do portray three normal guys embarking on a dangerous journey and having no idea where to begin. It’s three intelligent men trying to plan a crime and only having fantastical movies as their guides. Apart from the bosses, the best scenes are the recon missions performed by Nick, Kurt and Dale. Instead of actually gathering information, they become more interested in how their targets live, which is exactly what a normal person would do in that situation.

Of the three, Day definitely serves as the glue and excitement considering Bateman has perfected the uptight office worker and Sudeikis is still making a name for himself. With Day’s hilarious Charlie on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, fans already knew what he was capable of and Bosses gives him a chance to broaden his audience.

If you can handle vulgar language and immature humor, you will no doubt enjoy Horrible Bosses. The mix of established actors and newcomers provides a solid group of styles and allows for a broader relatability to the characters. I’d suggest a viewing, but make sure the kids have mastered “earmuffs”.

  1. Definitely one of the more cohesive adult comedies of the past few years. Great review!

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