In a simple phrase… “HORRIBLE BOSSES is HILARIOUS” – and with only 5 months remaining in the year, I highly doubt ANY movie can challenge this one for Best Comedy honors. From the opening scene, the plot began to build, so there was not a single lull in action throughout the movie. It’s an incredibly successful mix of comedic devices and every character lives up to their role.
We all have had them – a boss that we thought was absolutely “the worst” person in the world and made us hate to go to work. In HORRIBLE BOSSES,
three friends (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Sudeikis) all work for first class, Type A bosses (Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell and Kevin Spacey) that make their respective lives unbearable at work. When it begins to spill over into their personal lives, they “kinda” decide (over drinks) that it would be much better for them all if their bosses weren’t around anymore. They enlist the help of a “murder consultant” (Jamie Foxx) to help rid them of their problem and the plan quickly becomes an incredibly funny caper.
In each progression of the story line, the movie becomes funnier. Although each member of the cast performs their role well, Day steals the show with his awkward and bumbling character whose whole life has been a disaster. I’d venture to say the movie would only be funny (instead of hilarious) without him.
I highly recommend you see this movie; albeit, it more than earns it’s R rating. So, if you have sensitive ears you have a decision to make. It’s non-stop laughter mixed with random moments of shock and surprise to equal a perfect mix. On a scale of 1-5, HORRIBLE BOSSES definitely gets 5 toothbrushes from me… Go see the movie and you’ll know exactly what I mean. 🙂 See more photos from the pre-screening under event highlights at Aspire Online Magazine.
-Jay Young is Director of Photography for AOM and The “HIGH UP”.
For Nick, Kurt and Dale, the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few-too-many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con, the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers…permanently.
There’s only one problem: even the best laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them. Jason Bateman (“Couples Retreat”), Charlie Day (“Going the Distance”) and Jason Sudeikis (“Hall Pass”) star as the three hapless workers, with Jennifer Aniston (“He’s Just Not That Into You”), Colin Farrell (“Crazy Heart”) and two-time Oscar® winner Kevin Spacey (“American Beauty,” “The Usual Suspects”), as their unbearable bosses. Oscar® winner Jamie Foxx (“Ray”) stars as the plotters’ unlikely mentor, whose street cred is priced on a sliding scale. The main cast also includes veteran actor Donald Sutherland and Julie Bowen (TV’s “Modern Family”).
“Horrible Bosses” is directed by Seth Gordon (“Four Christmases,” “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters”) and produced by Brett Ratner and Jay Stern. The screenplay is by Michael Markowitz and John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein, story by Markowitz. Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Michael Disco, Samuel J. Brown and Diana Pokorny serve as executive producers, with John Rickard as co-producer.
The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography David Hennings; production designer Shepherd Frankel, editor Peter Teschner and costume designer Carol Ramsey. The music is composed by Christopher Lennertz.
“Horrible Bosses” opens nationwide on Friday, July 8, 2011. A New Line Cinema presentation of a Rat Entertainment Production, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. This film is not yet rated.