Horrible Bosses

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Horrible Bosses

Directed by Seth Gordon

Starring: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell

There are moments when we all say things like “I wish they were dead” or “I could just kill them”. Horrible Bosses shows us what happens when words become actions. This is the first feature film for director Seth Gordon since Four Christmases in 2008. The film stars a number of great actors including Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Kevin Spacey, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell.

So what happens when your boss makes life a living hell? Not just a rough day at the office, but a day filled with fear and frustration. Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day), and Kurt (Sudeikis) can all relate. The three friends are all living their own unique nightmares thanks to their bosses.

Nick has spent years slaving away for a promotion he just realized isn’t coming thanks to his evil boss Dave Harken (Spacey).

Dale is engaged, but his boss Dr. Harris (Aniston) has him in her sights and will stop at nothing to have her way with him.

Kurt just lost his wonderful boss and now faces his drug addict son Bobby (Farrell) who has taken over the company as his personal piggy bank.

As the three stew over their lives they find themselves considering a permanent solution to their problems. These thoughts lead them on a series of adventures into the underbelly of society as they seek out someone to help them carry out their plans. Along the way they find themselves in the company of some memorable characters.

This movies pushes every limit and does it without feeling like The Hangover has been cloned. Although it doesn’t succeed at every moment the film has plenty of great moments and great performances from the stars. Each of the bosses bring a great element to the film. All three of these great actors seemed to really buy into their roles. The acting of Bateman, Day and Sudeikis seem to blend seamlessly into an awkward childish band of idiots. This is exactly what the film needed to work.

If you like some irreverent comedy then this is the film for you. This isn’t classic timeless comedy but it has enough laughs to recommend to people who have enjoyed The Hangover and Superbad. The film has a lot of content that makes it a grown-up movie not for your kids. I give this one a 3 out of 5 stars.

Rating: R

Running Time: 98 minutes

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