Monday, 25 July 2011

Horrible Bosses.

Horrible Bosses poster.

It's odd to think that this is hasn't been made into a film before. We've all had these sadistic thoughts; about how our lives would be easier without that knob who's in charge. That's the idea of this film - off the guy in charge who's making your life miserable. In this day and age with fingerprints, DNA, motive and too much CSI on the TV, it's a bit hard to actually get away with it.

Cast: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx. Directed by Seth Gordon.

Nick Hendricks's (Jason Bateman) boss, Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey), works him to death, berates him for being two minutes late, tricks him into having a drink at eight in the morning and dangles a promotion in front of his face. Instead of giving it to the worthy Nick, he gives it to himself (only 85% of the wage though - self-sacrifice and all that). He claims it was a way to motivate him and that if Nick leaves, he'll make sure he never works in the industry again.

Dale Arbus's (Charlie Day) boss, Dr. Julia Harris D.D.S (the outstanding Jennifer Aniston), is a nymphomaniac who is constantly harassing Dale and pressuring him into having sex with her. At one point, she knocks him out and takes incriminating photo and half-rapes him ("you weren't even hard!"). Unfortunately, Dale is on the sex offender list for peeing in a children's playground in the middle of the night and Julia is the only dentist who's willing to hire him.

Plot: Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness.

Kurt Buckman (Jason Sudeikis) loves his boss (Donald Sutherland) and loves his job. What he doesn't love is his boss's cocaine addicted son, Bobby Pellit (Colin Farrell). In an unfortunate incidence, Kurt's beloved Jack Pellit dies from a heart attack leaving the cocaine-addicted mentalist in charge. Kurt's cushy job is now insanely awkward as he's asked to fire a fat person and a disabled man.

They joke around in a bar with a few drinks about how their lives would be easier without their bosses then they realise that they'd be doing "justifiable homicide" and come to the conclusion that they should hire professional help. The first professional who is hired to do the "wetwork" (Ioan Gruffudd) is a different professional so they have to look again. They go to the area with the most car-jackings and shout their business in a bar and end up enlisting an awesomely named Motherfucker Jones (Jamie Foxx).

Dean "Motherfucker" Jones is their murder consultant and gives them the idea to kill each others bosses so they'll be swapping murders - a basis in Strangers on a Train and Throw Momma From the Train, which are both mentioned as if to avoid people claiming they "stole" the idea. This leads to recon which leads to planning which means joke after joke after joke with hijink after hijink. There are hilarious moments and moments that make you smile but not all of them are truly remarkable.

Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Matthew McConaughey, Dax Shepard, Ashton Kutcher, Paul Rudd, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeff Bridges, and Tom Cruise were all rumored for roles at some point.

For example, Charlie Day's voice starts to grate after half of the film so maybe he should stick to It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia as it's only half an hour long - that could be too much though. His grating voice could be the worst thing about this film and although he's funny at first and his character is quite funny, you can't quite get over that voice.

Jennifer Aniston may steal the entire film with the an entirely new role that shows she can change her character, can be versatile and still remain liked. Her sexual suggestions are all brilliant. Another good change is Colin Farrell's Tom Cruise like make-under with his combover and beer belly. He makes some hilarious jokes but he's pretty short-lived and not given enough time. Kevin Spacey is ever reliable and gives you laughs and real acting as massively cruel and hated boss.

This star-filled cast makes you laugh out loud and you come out entertained but it seems like a short film even though its running time is average (ninety-eight minutes) but it could have been a lot funnier and maybe have a better storyline. You'll be entertained but you might be left wanting something a little more memorable considering it's one of the original comedies of the year.

★★★