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Horrible Bosses (SE)
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10.24.2011 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Seth Gordon

Actors:
Jason Bateman
Jason Sudeikis
Charlie Day

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Three friends who hate their bosses decide their lives would be better off if they murder each other’s employers.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
HORRIBLE BOSSES is funny, no question, and definitely worth watching. But if you’re looking for the next classic dark comedy like the marketing suggested, this unfortunately isn’t it.

A comedic takeoff of STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (or THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN, as humorously referenced in the film), BOSSES strength lies in its cast. The three leads, anchored by proven funnyman Jason Bateman, have outstanding chemistry and effortlessly carry the movie regardless of its story. Bateman does what he does best here, playing the straight man with a side of sarcastic wit. Jason Sudeikis also holds his own, doing a similar version of his horndog character from this year’s HALL PASS. The film’s breakout star, however, is Charlie Day. Fans of “It’s Always Sunny” will be glad to know that Day plays the same shrill, stupid and hilarious character from Paddy’s Pub. Together, the trio have a natural back and forth rapport and similar comedic style that make the non-stop jokes enjoyable, even when they don’t necessarily equal a home run.

The supporting players steal the scene, however, with some awesome, off-the-cuff performances. Kevin Spacey plays the psycho dirtbag once again, a close cousin to his character from SWIMMING WITH SHARKS. Colin Farrell goes sleazy, both mentally and physically, with a revolting combover and fat suit as the coke-fueled Bobby Pellitt. But Jennifer Aniston joins Charlie Day in the “awesome” category, going out on a serious limb playing a sex-crazed dentist with a very vulgar mouth. Some of the crass things the former “Friends” star says might scar fans of her romantic comedies, which makes it insanely fun to watch. Oh, and Jamie Foxx also gets to be funny once again as a thug with the best name since Gaylord Focker. (The specific reason he went to jail makes me giggle when I think about it.) All these actors are so good in their respective roles, it makes me wish they were in the film more, especially Farrell.

There’s plenty to love about HORRIBLE BOSSES—laugh out loud lines, memorable surprises and hilarious cameos by everyone from Ioan Gruffudd to Bob Newhart. However, the film really doesn’t really play out as a black comedy. The laughs and setup are there but the script, by “Freaks and Geeks” star John Francis Daley, seems afraid to really go dark and embrace its premise. By the end, it kind of chickens out with convenient character turns and plot twists. The laughs still continue full on, but my expectations were set and I felt a little cheated by what amounted to be a funny, but fairly straightforward comedy.
THE EXTRAS
The Blu-Ray set comes with the Theatrical Version as well as the uncut Totally Inappropriate Edition which adds in an extra 8 minutes. Like with most comedies, the uncut version drags a bit more, with extra dialogue and scenes that, while maybe worth a couple laughs, were rightfully cut in the first place. I would suggest watching the Theatrical Version again.

Aside from that, the set comes with mostly worthless, surface-level special features.

Deleted Scenes (10:22): Most of this is two alternate openings, one that features random people working their jobs and is a little depressing and another with different narration. The rest are brief exta bits with the FedEx girl, Donald Sutherland, Spacey getting impaled and Colin Farrell at the pharmacy.

My Least Favorite Career (5:01): Director Seth Gordon and pretty much the whole cast discuss the worst boss/job they had before hitting it big. Most are pretty innocuous, except for Jason Bateman who admits he’s never had a real job.

Surviving a Horrible Boss (6:26): This quick behind the scenes documentary is a little unfocused and thrown together. Typical cast and crew interviews cover the making of the film, while Gordon also throws in a bit about the stunt work with Spacey’s character getting thrown out the window.

Being Mean is So Much Fun (7:07): The three bosses talk about how great it is to be “horrible” and live out their fantasies of abusing people. Spacey likens Harken as being a brother to his character from SWIMMING WITH SHARKS. Aniston discuss how much she enjoys doing a raunchy character and finding it “bizarrely comfortable.” Colin Farrell meanwhile uses the role as a license to be as “f*cked up as he wants.”

Making of the Soundtrack (5:20): I thought the music worked, but wasn’t terribly memorable—only to find out that the score was done by a supergroup of random musicians, including Money Mark form the Beastie Boys and members of Dave Matthews Band, Jane’s Addiction, Pearl Jam and Beck. A pretty cool featurette.

Ultraviolet Digital Copy: I know we’re all moving to “The Cloud,” but I’m not so sure about this new Ultraviolet format. It forces you to create a Flixter account and then stream the movie when you want to watch it, which isn’t 100% reliable. If I pay for a movie, having a true digital copy would be nice.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
HORRIBLE BOSSES works really well thanks to a great cast firing on all cylinders, even if it doesn’t totally deliver as a black comedy.

Extra Tidbit: Sarah Jessica Parker almost played Julia. Bullet dodged.
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9:55AM on 10/24/2011
I didn't know Sweets wrote this? Anyhoo, this film cracks me up. I have a "Horrible Boss"...completely incompetent and lazy. Whe he actually DOES show up to work and act like he does anything or even knows what is going on...all he does is annoy and piss everyone off. If his daddy didn't give him this business he'd be living in a refridgerator box by now. I tend to watch this on the days he shows up.
I didn't know Sweets wrote this? Anyhoo, this film cracks me up. I have a "Horrible Boss"...completely incompetent and lazy. Whe he actually DOES show up to work and act like he does anything or even knows what is going on...all he does is annoy and piss everyone off. If his daddy didn't give him this business he'd be living in a refridgerator box by now. I tend to watch this on the days he shows up.
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