Horrible Bosses

"Good"

Horrible Bosses Review


More amusing than hilarious, this silly comedy at least has moments that make us laugh out loud as its plot gets increasingly ridiculous. And the solid cast members really throw themselves into each scene.

Nick, Kurt and Dale (Bateman, Sudeikis and Day) are three friends who like their jobs but are tormented by their evil bosses (Spacey, Farrell and Aniston, respectively). When they decide they can't take any more abuse, they decide to do something drastic, hiring an inner-city hitman (Foxx) with an unprintable name and then trying to find key information about their bosses that they can use to bump them off. And of course nothing goes to even their pathetic attempt at a plan.

Clearly the cast is having a lot of fun here, and the mood is infectious. Of the three bosses, Spacey's aggressive back-stabber is the most convincing, while Aniston's sexual predator and Farrell's coke-fiend are more humorously cartoonish. But all of them are so, yes, horrible that we can see why these hapless guys are at the end of their rope. We sympathise with their frustration and even their persistent ineptness, although the lack of any real character definition keeps them from properly engaging our interest.

That said, director Gordon brings some sequences together with a sharp sense of physical slapstick and subtle comical touches. The caper-style scenes are deeply contrived, but packed with funny jokes that catch us off-guard. And there's a strong sense of camaraderie between Bateman, Sudeikis and Day that gives the film a solid centre even as it continually goes for cheap laughs, random throwaway punchlines and corny plot turns.

But the real problem is the complete lack of irony. The premise is ripe for black humour and cynical wit, and yet the script and direction resolutely remain on the surface, afraid to really confront the omnipresent violence or sex while dodging any real sense of what's at stake for these three guys. It wouldn't have been too difficult to add some shadings to the bosses or to stir in some earthy subtext. But clearly the filmmakers weren't interested in challenging their audience; they just wanted to make us laugh.



Horrible Bosses

Facts and Figures

Genre: Comedies

Run time: 98 mins

In Theaters: Friday 8th July 2011

Box Office USA: $117.5M

Box Office Worldwide: 117

Budget: $35M

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

Production compaines: New Line Cinema, Rat Entertainment

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 69%
Fresh: 142 Rotten: 64

IMDB: 6.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Dr. Julia Harris, as Nick Hendricks, as Dale Arbus, as Kurt Buckman, as Bobby Pellitt, as Motherfucker Jones, as Jack Pellit, as Stacey, as Carter, as Dave Harken, as Rhonda Harken, as Jamie, Steve Wiebe as Thomas, Head of Security, as Mr. Anderton, Jennifer Hasty as Kurt's Co-Worker, as Kurt's Co-Worker, George Back as Kurt's Co-Worker, as Kurt's Co-Worker, as Jack Pellit, Celia Finkelstein as Margie Emerman

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

The Party Movie Review

The Party Movie Review

Comedies don't get much darker than this pitch-black British movie, written and directed by Sally...

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Movie Review

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Movie Review

Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha) is on his way to becoming the new Woody Allen, which...

6 Below Movie Review

6 Below Movie Review

Based on an astonishing true survival story, this film is subtitled "Miracle on the Mountain",...

Mother Movie Review

Mother Movie Review

Darren Aronofsky doesn't make fluffy movies, and has only had one genuine misfire (2014's Noah)....

Blade Runner 2049 Movie Review

Blade Runner 2049 Movie Review

It's been 35 years since Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi classic, which was set in 2019....

On the Road Movie Review

On the Road Movie Review

Wolf Alice fans are likely to be rather disappointed by this hybrid documentary-drama about the...

Borg/McEnroe Movie Review

Borg/McEnroe Movie Review

Skilfully made by Swedish filmmaker Janus Metz (the award-winning Armadillo), this film is essentially a...

Advertisement
The Glass Castle Movie Review

The Glass Castle Movie Review

There are quite a few terrific moments in this true story, based on the memoir...

Home Again Movie Review

Home Again Movie Review

Reese Witherspoon is so likeable that she can carry even the most hackneyed of romantic...

Brimstone Movie Review

Brimstone Movie Review

An unnerving Western with a sharp female perspective, this film is a series of gruesome...

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Movie Review

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Movie Review

Two years ago, Kingsman: The Secret Service seemed to come out of nowhere, ruffling feathers...

Goodbye Christopher Robin Movie Review

Goodbye Christopher Robin Movie Review

This biopic about Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne may look like the usual lushly...

Wind River Movie Review

Wind River Movie Review

After writing the superb Sicario and Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan moves back into...

The Vault Movie Review

The Vault Movie Review

Filmmakers Dan Bush and Conal Byrne attempt a mash-up of a frantic heist movie with...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.