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Horrible Bosses - Film Review

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by Chris Sutton (subscribe)
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Published August 28th 2011
What would you do?

This movie is simply hilarious. In the same category as films such as The Hangover and Superbad, Horrible Bosses uses black comedy to illuminate a predicament many people find themselves within every day: stuck with a boss that makes life dreadful. While such people don't take it to this extreme, the movie draws humour from situational comedy of the highest order. Guaranteed laughs are contained, all revolving around sex, drugs and violence.

The film begins with scenes that reveal the three main characters attempting to deal with confronting superiors. Nick (Jason Bateman) is aiming for promotion in an office run by Dave Harken (an extremely aggravated Kevin Spacey), Dale (Charlie Day) is an assisting dentist to a nymphomaniac (a seductive Jennifer Aniston) while Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) contends with a drug fuelled party animal (Colin Farrell with energy). Each example throws confronting actions and conversations towards the viewer, making us sympathise, but the fun truly starts when the three friends discuss each individual problem, left with one main thought: murder.

Every actor in this film evokes comedy, be it Sudeikis with his random lines, Aniston with her uncharacteristic mannerisms or Day with his high pitched voice. Take note of Charlie Day, as he is a scene stealer of the highest order, doing for the film what Zach Galifianakis did for The Hangover. Amongst A-Grade stars of the genre, Day draws a laugh on almost every occasion he appears on screen, with an accidental dose of drugs creating some of the most memorable scenes.

Complete with an enjoyable score, a perfect runtime (98 minutes) and supporting cast members that poke and prod to perfection, Horrible Bosses is the most enjoyable comedic effort this year. Where other attempts have fallen short, it is refreshing to watch a movie that surpasses all expectations. Be prepared to giggle uncontrollably for the entire journey home.


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