By: Lawrence Foster
Rating: 9 out of 10
Horrible Bosses is the comedy I have been waiting for. I was the only person in the theater when I watched the movie on a Monday morning, but I was laughing out loud throughout the flick and that is no easy feat, because I rarely laugh out loud when I am by myself.
The film revolves around three main characters, Nick Hendricks (Jason Bateman), Dale Arbus (Charlie Day) and Kurt Buckman (Jason Sudeikis), who all have bosses that make their lives living hells.
Nick’s boss is Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey) who is the worst of the three. Nick has been busting his ass for the past eight years, coming in at 6 a.m. and not leaving until well after the sun has set. He has taken it all in hopes of getting a big promotion that Dave has hinted he will get. In the end, however, Dave picks himself to be the Vice President and when Nick voices his displeasure with the decision, Dave tells him that he will never be able to get another job in the industry if he leaves.
In Kurt’s case, he loves his job and his boss, Jack Pellitt (Donald Sutherland in an extremely brief appearance). The problem is, Jack dies and his drug and sex addicted son, Bobby Pellitt (Colin Farrell in a scene-stealing performance), takes over the family chemical business. Bobby is jealous of the relationship Kurt had with his father and knows nothing of the business.
After both of the above events, the three friends are at a local bar when they bring up how it would be nice to get rid of their bosses. Even though it is a hypothetical at that point, Dale freaks out that they are even discussing it and leaves.
His mind is quickly changed however, when his boss who has been sexually harassing him, take it to the next level. Dale’s boss, Dr. Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston) shows Dale pictures she took of her and Dale while he was under for a procedure. She tells him that if Dale doesn’t sleep with her, she will tell Dale’s fiancé that he slept with her. After this, Dale runs to his friends and announces that he is in.
This is when the humor really picks up. The three obviously have no idea what they are doing or how to go about finding a hit man and their search for one puts them in some truly hilarious situations. After figuring out how to go about snuffing their respective bosses, the antics become funnier as they stake out and infiltrate the houses of their superiors.
The thing that really makes this movie work is the chemistry of all the actors. The three friends seem like they have been close for a long time, which is sometimes hard to believe in a comedy. Each of the three friends’ interactions with their respective bosses is comedic gold as well.
The other contributing factor in the success of this movie is the relatability of what’s going on. Who hasn’t had a boss that they couldn’t stand? We’ve all had that boss who thought their shit didn’t’ stink and let everyone know and whether you want to admit it or not, you undoubtedly thought about how awesome it would be if they weren’t around to make work hell. Well Dale, Nick and Kurt act on those thoughts and even though what they want to do isn’t morally correct the audience roots for them because their bosses are despicable.
The final thing I enjoyed about this film is Bateman. I am a huge Bateman fan and I think a film and roll like this can really put his name out there as a great comedic actor. If you enjoy comedies and can handle the vulgarity of the film, you won’t regret dropping $10 on Horrible Bosses.