Reviewed: Horrible Bosses (2011)

horrible-bosses-20110620004753908Here’s a film that I never wanted to see. The preview made it look like the worst, most unfunny pile of crap imaginable. Turns out, it’s not that bad.

Starring a handful of people that at first glance make you think, “what the hell is going on with this cast?” the story is about three friends who have their own versions of… well, horrible bosses.

Our protagonists are Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis). All have their flaws; Nick’s a brown-noser to Dave (Kevin Spacey) who exploits Nick with an evil not seen since his role in Se7en (note that I wrote it the cool way that if read, makes it sound like you have a speech impediment).

Dale has a criminal record for something that sounds much worse than the situation he was charged for which Dr Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston) uses to her advantage and Kurt has a great boss (Donald Sutherland) that he gets along fine with until he dies unexpectedly (spoiler, but not really) and his no good son Bobby (Colin Farrell) takes over the company.

The three collude to do away with said bosses and so head to a seedy bar where they meet Dean ‘MF’ Jones played perfectly by Jamie Foxx from whom they seek council for such deeds.

If this doesn’t sound like your kind of thing, just watch it anyway. The casting is perfect and there is a great chemistry between everyone involved. The writers and director all have a huge TV sitcom history where they’ve honed their chops and this movie is the collaborative effort of a bunch of guys that really know what they’re doing.

Enjoy it with relish. Or jam. …whatever your favourite condiment might be.

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