Tuesday 15 November 2011

Today's Review: Horrible Bosses

Heeey, the poster we've got at work has "Nympho" written over Jennifer Aniston's face. Apparently that's an acceptable word to display on a five foot cardboard cutout.

Anyway, Horrible Bosses is a bit of a different movie. First off the premise is actually pretty dark. Our intrepid heroic trio, played by Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis, are fed up with their shitty bosses, played by Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, and a somewhat unrecognisable Colin Farrell. So they decide to hire someone to kill them. Unfortunately, it turns out the hitman they decide on, played by Jamie Foxx, isn't going to follow through, so they decide to kill each others' bosses, and hilarity ensues.

Sure, it's quite a dark plot in a way, but on paper I must admit it doesn't sound too much like a great movie. But Horrible Bosses more than makes up for it with some great acting work and a hell of a lot of foul dialogue. Aniston in particular is surprisingly dirty, with her constant demands for sex and compromising sexual positions. It's a far cry from many other roles she has played recently. Kevin Spacey is as brilliant as always, practically every line he says makes you want to punch him in the mouth.Bateman, Day and Sudeikis play off each other perfectly, each bringing their unique character traits to the table in order to help each other out, but more often than not hinder each other on their quest of murder.

There certainly is a lot of comedy injected into this movie. Be it sex jokes, slapstick or just plain random dialogue, there's something there to entertain everyone, and I found myself laughing quite a lot throughout the movie. Some of the situations do get a bit silly, but never completely over the top. There is a clear direction that the plot is headed in, but perhaps a little too much time was spent on introducing the characters, as everything seems a little bit rushed to be wrapped up at the end. Jamie Foxx's character seems a little unnecessary too, he doesn't bring much to the table, but thankfully he doesn't get too much screen time either.

If you're a fan of The Hangover, or any Apatow style movies, then Horrible Bosses should be right up your street. It's another of these good comedies that have come out recently that is raising the bar away from juvenile spoofs or movies where Adam Sandler says thing in a stupid voice. Horrible Bosses is certainly not perfect, but I certainly really enjoyed it.

My rating: 4/5

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