Horrible Bosses - Review

Horrible Bosses

There are few comedy pleasures better suited to the medium of movies than that of watching supposedly normal people behaving terribly. And if those transgressing characters are played by popular movie stars, so much the better. Everything naughty is a little bit nicer with, for instance, Billy Bob Thornton in the title role inBad Santa. To this sweet list of sourball comedies we can now add Horrible Bosses, a bouncy, well-built, delightfully nasty tale of resentment, desperation, and amoral revenge that does for employer-employee relations what Danny DeVito and Bette Midler did for the bonds of matrimony in the great 1986 Zucker brothers comedy Ruthless People.

Each boss is certifiably, HR-violation horrible in this tale of hostile work environments directed (with good pacing honed on episodes of The OfficeModern Family, and Parks and Recreation) by Seth Gordon. Corporate manager Nick (Jason Bateman, the voice of exasperated reason) works for a sadistic control freak (Kevin Spacey, right in his zone); accountant/genial skirt-chaser Bobby (SNL's Jason Sudeikis) reports to a corrupt, coked-up party guy (Colin Farrell, hilarious in his prosthetic transformation) who's running a family business into the ground (and polluting the ground while he's at it); and dental assistant Dale (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Charlie Day, fussing and squeaking impressively) endures outsized sexual harassment from a dentist (Jennifer Aniston, thrilled to talk filthy). Read More...



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