I Saw A Film Today… Horrible Bosses

To start this review off with complaints about my boss would be too easy and ignorant on my part. I mean, that is how people end up on the local news complaining about how they don’t have a job anymore because they posted something on a social media site about their employer. I will say that I have some great managers, and that is more of a relief than anything. But the guys in Horrible Bosses truly have some horrible bosses. Well, two of them for sure.


Nick Hendricks (Jason Bateman) and Dale Arbus (Charlie Day) have horrible bosses. Nick’s boss  has been leading him on for months with a promotion, only to then give it to himself so that he can have a bigger office and bigger paycheck. Dale’s boss is Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston), a dentist who is sexually aggressive towards Dale even though he is recently engaged. Although I still don’t think I would complain if Aniston were my boss and interested in me. Only saying.

The third member of this trio of friends is Kurt (Jason Sudeikis), and he is the only one who actually likes his boss. That is until his boss dies. Now the company is run by the boss’s cokehead son, Bobby (Colin Farrell), who has no idea how to run the company.

While over drinks one night the boys come up with a crazy idea:  What if we killed our bosses? What starts off as a silly, drunken idea comes to fruition as a full-fledged plan. At the recommendation of their “murder consultant”, the boys decide to kill each others bosses so that there is no connection to each of the crimes. But when the three finally decide to do it, are they in over their heads?

Surprisingly, I found Horrible Bosses quite enjoyable. I thought that is was going to be another so-called raunch-fest comedy that has no plot. This film on the other hand actually takes time to develop characters and lets the comedy come from the story. But not to stay that they stick to the story all the time. There are a few times they stray away from it for some reason. And every once in there is a plot hole to dodge.

Since the main focus of the film is a group of three friends, you need a good group of guys for these roles and in this they succeeded. Bateman, Day, and Sudeikis take the cliché of the boy-men subgenre and make it into something childish and believable at the same time. But not to be outdone, the supporting cast brought their best as well.

Kevin Spacey was cast brilliantly for his role as a bully. Surprisingly, Colin Farrell is hilarious in his role as a cocaine addict with a comb-over a pot belly.  I knew he could do comedy well from In Bruges but did not know he could do it so outlandishly. But the biggest surprise by far was miss Jennifer Aniston. In this she is raunchy, dirty, sexually aggressive, and oh so good. She really branched out for this role and it pays off.

There are a few speed bumps in this film, but I haven’t laughed this much since Bridesmaids.

Verdict: SEE IT!

Comments? Opinions? leave them below.


2 Responses to “I Saw A Film Today… Horrible Bosses”

  1. I was kind of meh towards it — it wasn’t that funny and it’s super forgettable. The bosses were for sure the best part.

  2. Very good review there, I’ve just written one of my own up, would appreciate a read, thankyou! http://conordcfc.wordpress.com/2011/11/24/film-review-horrible-bosses/

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