DIRECTED BY: Seth Gordon
WRITTEN BY: Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
STARRING: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx.
RATING: 4 stars
It's refreshing to see a film that isn't a remake or relies on gimmicks like 3D technology to entertain audiences. Horrible Bosses has a plot, is smart, funny and unpredictable. It is exactly what a raunchy comedy should be. In many ways, Horrible Bosses reminded me of Pineapple Express and The Hangover – two equally good comedies.
Nick (Jason Bateman) hates his boss Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey) because he overworks him, denies him a well-deserved promotion and then blackmails him so he can't quit. Dale (Charlie Day) hates his boss Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston) because she makes unwelcome sexual advances towards him while he's engaged to be married, but he can't quit because he's a registered sex offender for peeing at a children's playground. Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) likes his boss until his boss dies and is replaced by his cocaine-addicted son Bobby Pellitt (Colin Farrell). On a drunk night out, Nick, Dale and Kurt “hypothetically” discuss how to kill their bosses to make their jobs and lives easier. Soon, they decide to hire a murder consultant (Jamie Foxx) to help them pull off the three murders.
Director Seth Gordon allowed the cast to improvise with what was already a great script, and there is not one bad performance from the actors in this film. Bateman, Day and Sudeikis have great chemistry and comedic timing playing the inept criminals. Spacey is always fantastic and Farrell was almost unrecognisable with his balding hair and beer-gut. Aniston also gives a sexy performance as a sex-crazed dentist in a rare occasion where she isn't just playing Rachel Green from Friends. Ioan Gruffudd provides a hilarious cameo, while Foxx also has a memorable, though small, role as murder consultant Motherfucker Jones. Yes, that's his name. You can imagine the jokes that it generates in the film. In fact, the film is full of provocative, lewd and borderline-offensive jokes and one-liners that audiences will be laughing through most of the film. Oh, and I guarantee you that men will be saying, “I'd like to bend her over a barrel and show her the fifty states” after watching this film. Go see the film; then you'll understand.