Horrible Bosses, Hilarious Movie
In classic film noir fashion, we see a scatterbrained plan from three knuckleheads (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis) quickly spiral out of control before they realize they’re in way over their heads. And as with any good noir, it’s a hell of a lot of fun to watch.
The film’s buildup serves its purpose in getting us to hate the trio of easily detestable bosses. Kevin Spacey delivers his usual Swimming with Sharks schtick as the “Total Fucking Asshole,” title that pops up in big bold letters after his character’s introduction. A brunette Jennifer Aniston is the femme fatale sex fiend, aka “Evil Crazy Bitch, D.D.S.” Colin Farrell gets the short end of the stick in terms of screen time as the comb-over and fat suit wearing “Dipshit Cokehead Son” of Sudeikis’s boss, Donald Sutherland.
All three bosses are suitable villains, but the fun really begins after after their employees take some advice from a murder consultant named Motherfucker Jones (Jamie Foxx) and decide to murder one another’s bosses. The comedy comes at you from all angles as Sudeikis delivers the frat boy humor, Bateman brings his trademark dry sarcastic wit, and Day is consistently loud, crazy and out of control. Their three personalities compliment one another incredibly well. The film is also smarter than most mainstream Hollywood comedies and it’s filled with clever little nuances, such as an elevator music rendition of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” playing at Aniston’s dental office.
Now, I’m sure plenty of you are thinking “these ungrateful bastards, they should be lucky to have jobs in this economy!” But that’s kind of the point. They hate their bosses, but they can’t just quit and get another job. They’re trapped. For the record, I don’t support killing your boss. But if these characters had that same sense, we wouldn’t have these 93 minutes of rapid-fire, laugh your ass off, comedy.
In the film’s end credits gag reel, Sudeikis remarks “I’d like to bend her over a barrel and show her the 50 states,” claiming it’s a line from a movie. Bateman has no idea what that the hell that means and replies “I don’t think so,” to which Sudeikis replies “now it is.” He’s right. And there’s a lot more where that one came from. When there are this many great comedic actors involved, it’s hard to know whether to credit the writers or the actors,who no doubt improvised many of their lines. So I’ll just say good job to everyone involved.