MOVIE REVIEW: “Horrible Bosses” stars Jason Bateman (Bad Words, This is Where I Leave You), Jason Sudeikis (Colossal, Masterminds), Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia [TV series], Pacific Rim), Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects, Baby Driver), Jennifer Anniston (Office Space, Friends [TV series]), Colin Farrell (Total Recall , In Bruges), Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained, Collateral), Julie Bowen (Happy Gilmore, Modern Family [TV series]), Lindsay Sloane (The Other Guys, Bring It On), and Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Pride & Prejudice ). It is directed by Seth Gordon (Identity Thief, Baywatch ) and written by Michael Markowitz (Becker [TV series], Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man [TV series]), John Francis Daley (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Vacation ), and Jonathan Goldstein (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2). Three friends conspire to kill their terrible bosses after being constantly mistreated and harassed.
After watching the epic franchise that is “The Godfather,” it was nice to take a break from the serious and dip back into the funny with “Horrible Bosses,” a short, comedic feature from 2011 that gained quite a following (enough to warrant a sequel, albeit a poorly received one). Its raunchy humor is recognizable, as well as the all-star cast that make up this wacky story of three pals wanting to make their lives better by offing their, well, horrible bosses. Of course, with talent like this, you’re at least due a laugh or two. The chemistry between our leading three is fantastic. Sure, they are pretty much playing their usual character types (except for Day, who will never not remind me of Charlie from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), but they work well together, and provided for some quality comedic moments. Also, their bosses are fun too: Spacey, Anniston, and Farrell. Boy, are they awful. Really, there’s no redemption for them because of how evil they are portrayed. Because of the over-the-top comedy, the bosses are downright caricatures (which can both work for the style of this film, but also get annoying from time to time), and you can’t help but root for our loser leads. Not to mention their mentor, Dean Jones (nickname I cannot write in full for this review), played by the great Jamie Foxx. He’s an awesome addition, though a small one. Really, this is your typical lowbrow comedy with strong acting/comedic timing to bolster the story. It’s an entertaining, easy ride that even has a twist (in terms of how their plan to kill their bosses go). I laughed at it more than I thought I would and was surprised at how short and sweet it was. Granted, having just watched a string of three-hour-plus features, it doesn’t shock me how an hour-and-a-half comedy just blows by. “Horrible Bosses” offers enough fun and originality to craft an enjoyable experience. While the leads play into usual archetypes and the humor is your typical raunchy 2000’s comedy, it still manages to make me laugh. FINAL SCORE: 80%= Juicy Popcorn
Here is the trailer: