Carrie Tong studied the Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) at the University of Sydney, and is currently seeking employment.
Published September 12th 2011
It's a bit of an awkward premise for a film. Even if your boss was a "psycho", a "nympho" or a "tool", would you really want to kill them? Murder them? Really? Awkward premise aside, the film was a comedic, if rather rude, delight to watch. It's always great to see something that stars Jason Bateman and Charlie Day in particular, not to mention the awesomeness of the cast in general. In case you don't know who else is in the film, there are some heavyweights in Hollywood, for sure: Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston, and Jamie Foxx included. The film also stars Jason Sudeikis, who hasn't been in anything incredibly groundbreaking, but who looks incredibly familiar all the same.
The story revolves around three characters who are friends, Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day), and Kurt (Sudeikis), who are being dragged to lower and lower depths because of their bosses. Nick is manipulated by his boss Dave (Spacey) into becoming a slave for his company. Dale, who is happily engaged and loves his own woman more than anything else, is continually sexually harrassed by his boss Julia (Aniston). Although, I'm sure if you're a guy and you've watched the film, and paid close attention to the scene where Julia is wearing pretty much just a lab coat, it doesn't sound all bad. For Dale, his dilemma is weakly contextualised by his voice-over at the start of the film, where he talks about how much he just wants to be a husband. The last character in the trio is Kurt, whose old boss treated him like his own son. Unfortunately, the old boss has a heart attack and dies in a freak accident. The company is taken over by the son of the old boss, Bobby (Farrell), who is hedonistic and corrupt.
What I love about this film is that it's a little offbeat. You don't see black comedies very much in the cinemas nowadays, and in this way, Horrible Bosses is definitely refreshing. A highlight of this film for me personally is Charlie Day. I'm crazy about It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and it's fantastic to watch him play a big part in a big movie. His character in Horrible Bosses is a lot less stupid than his character in Philadelphia for sure, but Dale in Horrible Bosses definitely has the same awkwardness that Charlie in Philadelphia has about him.
One of my favourite scenes with Charlie Day in particular is one where he makes a very insecure speech directed at detectives who are interrogating the three friends regarding a murder. In an incredibly flustered yet heroic stance, Dale frees him and his friends from the confines of the police station. Another highlight of this film for me is the character that Jamie Foxx plays. When his character first appears, both the trio and the audience are fooled into thinking that he really is all that. There's a great comedic twist about this character that you just have to see for yourselves, because I don't want to spoil too much for you.
To conclude, if you love Arrested Development or It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, you must watch this film. Horrible Bosses not only stars some of your favourite actors, but it's also a great offbeat and alternative comedy that is blacker and ruder than most.
Yeah Dave's voice over about wanting to be a husband is contrived and unnecessary, maybe they thought just regular love and commitment wasnt enough to explain avoiding Jennifer Aniston's advances.
You didn't mention the banter between characters! That was a highlight of the film for me.
By Chris - senior reviewer Tuesday, 13th of September @ 02:09 am
I loved this movie so very much. Jason Bateman is amazing and everything he is in seems to be pure gold. Jennifer Aniston says things that the fans of Friends would cringe when they hear. I agree with your statement about Arrested Development, and I truly believe Bateman has gone from strength to strength since. Great review and equally entertaining movie.