Review: Horrible Bosses
PLOT: Three buddies (Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day) plot to murder their horrible bosses (Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston).
REVIEW: Judging from the reactions the red-band trailer for this has been getting all over the web, its obvious that HORRIBLE BOSSES is one of the most highly anticipated R-rated comedies to come out in a while. Obviously, Warner Bros., by casting a trio solid comedic actors, each of whom seem inches away from hitting superstardom, is hoping that HORRIBLE BOSSES will be another HANGOVER.
But is it?
Not quite, but HORRIBLE BOSSES is still a very funny, entertaining flick, if a bit more uneven than youd think judging by the trailers. The premise is dynamite, and the three leads are perfectly cast, as are their respective bosses. Jason Bateman plays the everyman (ya know- the Ed Helms-role), whos lorded over by psychotic Kevin Spacey, who manages to make the other horrible boss he played, Buddy from SWIMMING WITH SHARKS, look almost saintly by comparison. Spaceys always had a knack for dark comedy, and he steals every scene hes in- and its no surprise than when the premise is twisted in the last third, hes the boss the whole plot ends up revolving around.
Meanwhile, we get Jason Sudeikis as the cool ladies man (the Bradley Cooper role), with Colin Farrell playing his coke-head, comb-over wearing boss. Farrell does a nice job sending up the douchebaggy, wildman persona that he was saddled with eight-or-nine years ago (although Id wager his work has since elevated him), but- compared to the other bosses his screen time seems limited. Oddly, his funniest scene is an outtake that shows up in the end credits. Sudeikis is maybe a bit much to harder to swallow as the cool guy than Cooper was, but nonetheless hes fine here (with this being a much better vehicle for his talents than HALL PASS).
As good as Sudeikis and Bateman are, I think the guy thats going to really break out if HORRIBLE BOSSES does big business is Charlie Day, who plays the Zach Galifianakis role. Well, maybe thats not entirely true, as Days character, a dental assistant sexually harassed by his boss Jennifer Aniston (doesnt sound too bad, right?) is more down to earth than Galifianakis. Hes actually a pretty together guy- complete with a pretty fiancée (Lindsay Sloane), but of course, once the shit hits the fan, hes the crazy guy. Day, who owns on the great ITS ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA is phenomenal, and watching him get coked up with Jason Bateman, or explain how he ended up on the sex registry (a great bit) is a treat. Granted, he pretty much plays the same guy he plays on PHILADELPHIA, but whatever. Its a comic persona, and judging from the audiences reaction every time this guy showed up on screen, it works.
As for Ms. Aniston, shes actually not half-bad as Days sex-crazed boss, although, again, I think a lot of us guys who grew up watching her on FRIENDS wouldnt mind being sexually harassed by her. Also, Aniston looks sexy with dark hair, and a scene where she cavorts around in black lingerie proves that if anything, Aniston is even hotter now that she was on FRIENDS ten years ago. Jamie Foxx also has a nice cameo as a tough guy sporting the awesome name, Motherfucker Jones, who helps the guys plot their bosses demise.
Considering the top-notch cast, and the clever screenplay by FREAKS & GEEKS alum John Francis Daley (along with Michael Markowitz and Jonathan M. Goldstein), its too bad that HORRIBLE BOSSES one flaw is the uneven pacing. Considering that it only runs 100 minutes, the film has more slow gaps than it should. Also, while the premise might suggest that this gets into darker territory, it really doesnt with director Seth Gordon (who's KING OF KONG needs to be immediately Netflix'd if you haven't seen it) chickening out a bit towards the end. Then again, black comedy is notoriously tough to pull off, so maybe thats not such a bad thing after all.
While its not a perfect comedy, and more than a little uneven, I still laughed my ass off through most of the film, and probably had more honest laughs here than I did with THE HANGOVER 2. I should also mention that the preview audience applauded the film once the end credits rolled- and I havent seen that happen at an advance screening for quite a while. If theyre reaction is any indicator, we may be getting an EVEN MORE HORRIBLE BOSSES sometime soon.
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|Extra Tidbit:||I know, I know- I'm giving a lot of 7's lately. Been that kind of month. Lots of "good, but not great" stuff.|