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Horrible Bosses

A movie directed by Seth Gordon

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Crass, vulgar, immature, and sometimes just down-right nasty; this is one wild and hilarious ride.

  • Dec 5, 2011
*** out of ****

Every awesome movie idea deserves a worthwhile execution; and I'd say it's about time that someone make a film that addresses a common thought that circulates throughout the collective minds within the walls of the workplace: our boss sucks, and we wish we could murder him. Yes, a movie like "Horrible Bosses" was bound to happen one day, and alas, it's all you could have wanted out of a premise that basically suggests it's about three men trying to kill their cruel and widely-despised employers. If that's the movie you want to see, you need not look any further. "Horrible Bosses" makes the best out of its brilliant little idea; while providing a sufficient number of big laughs and talented comic actors to boot. In the end, it's messy and flawed; but at the same time, it's also one of the funniest movies of the year.

Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) are a trio of guy friends who all share one thing in common: they absolutely hate their bosses. Nick must face the nigh sadistic and genuinely mean-spirited Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey); while Dale must live with his forever-horny female boss Julia (Jennifer Aniston); and Kurt is struggling to cope with the coke-addicted son of his former boss (Colin Ferrel); the elder who died as a result of a recent heart-attack.

Each of the friends is fed up. Dale especially is in a tight spot; he's soon to be married to his fiancé, but Julia's everyday sexual harassment often attempts to get in the way. And then there's Kurt; who's just genuinely annoyed by his current boss, who turns out to be the world's biggest asshole, and nothing more. But that's enough to grind one's gears to the point where they lose control all together.

One night, the friends meet at their favorite bar and attempt to drown their sorrows in alcohol. They share shitty boss stories; contemplating their plans for the future if they were to quit, and ultimately reaching a conclusive and brilliant idea; they will find someone to assassinate all three of the big bosses, thus freeing them of their troubles. After some "hard searching", they come across a sleazy underground hit-man named Motherfucka Jones (Jamie Foxx); who initially agrees to kill the evil employers for a high price, but then backs out and instead shares some kind words seemingly ripped out of the assassin's handbook.

And so the grand insanity begins. "Horrible Bosses" is a wild ride through-and-through; in part because the ensemble cast really makes this thing work for the best, and also because it becomes an almost mockingly over-the-top and remarkably dark farce of crime cinema in the third act; which really isn't all that bad, you know, as far as third acts go. When it comes to a movie like this, you'd probably expect something much worse than you'll actually be getting.

I know, I know; if I don't love a movie, then I must suggest that it has flaws. I must also explain those flaws as well as I possibly can. "Horrible Bosses", for one, is not a movie that's going to please all audiences. Its sense of humor consists of crass one-liners and dark, depraved, but outrageous dark fantasies. It could be billed as a dark comedy; because it is, in fact, about killing that boss that just pisses you off to seemingly impossible ends. If that sounds like your kind of comedy, then it probably is. Likewise, if it's a premise that just turns you off by its tone and tasteless nature, then you'd probably want to skip the movie. But there's always a chance that there's a surprise in store.

I openly acknowledge that "Horrible Bosses" is a filthy, dirty comedy of great excess. It goes to some strange places in order to truly earn its R-rating; and even though it's often lewd and excessive, it's still well-written and smartly paced. All I know is that I was entertained, and I laughed a lot. That's enough for me when it comes to most comedies; quite a few of them fail to this one does in the first place. It's a comedy of great ambition, great ideas, and great talent both in front of and behind the camera; I think it's anything but a wasted opportunity. But it's entirely up to you to decide whether "Horrible Bosses" emerges a winner or gets the first part of its title right as far as overly simplistic critical analysis's go. Like I said, it's not for everyone, but if you love a little welcomed and hilarious raunchiness once in a while; it's a damn good time.

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