Black Comedy Goes Bawdy in Horrible Bosses
- Friday, July 08, 2011
DVD Release Date: October 11, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: July 8, 2011
Rating: R (for crude and sexual content, pervasive language and some drug content)
Run Time: 100 min.
Director: Seth Gordon
Actors: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, P.J. Byrne
Much like the 1999 cult classic Office Space, Horrible Bosses taps into the universal angst of anyone who’s ever dealt with a truly dreadful boss.
But instead of taking a few well-placed jabs at the pratfalls of corporate culture (cue that iconic beat down of that perpetually uncooperative copy machine) and dreaming up ways to steal from the company without anyone noticing like Ron Livingston (Going the Distance) and his pals did back in the late ‘90s, the trio of authority-haters in Horrible Bosses decide to seriously up the ante by eliminating their respective nemeses altogether.
Naturally, the idea starts out as nothing more than that—a deliciously awful idea. But with the booze flowing freely and their collective agitation reaching a fever pitch, three friends decide enough is enough and hatch a haphazard plan to kill their truly horrible bosses. Trouble is, three guys from the ‘burbs don’t know the first thing about pulling off a successful murder, let alone three of them…
Incidentally, “horrible” doesn’t even begin to describe how heinous these guys’ bosses actually are. A better description? Try an HR department’s worst nightmare. Both conniving and abusive, Nick’s (Jason Bateman, The Switch) superior Dave Harkin (Kevin Spacey, The Men Who Stare at Goats) not only dangles promotions like catnip, but he tricks Nick into drinking vintage scotch at 8:15 a.m.
Of course, Nick wouldn’t have downed it if his boss hadn’t insisted, but it gives Dave the perfect opportunity to label him an “alcoholic” later on when Nick loses his temper. See, rather than doing the right thing and promoting Nick after eight looong years at a company where he’s still being reprimanded for starting his 6:00 a.m. work day two minutes late, Dave decides to promote himself instead. And when Nick tries to resign? Well, Dave viciously assures him that no one else will ever hire him.
Meanwhile, Kurt (Jason Sudeikis, Hall Pass) pretty much had the perfect employee/employer relationship until his boss Jack Pellit (Donald Sutherland, The Mechanic) unexpectedly dies of a heart attack. For reasons that are pretty much unfathomable, Jack left the company to his son, Bobby (a virtually unrecognizable Colin Farrell, The Way Back) who’s not only addicted to cocaine and uses his dad’s business as his personal ATM, but doesn’t have a problem with having hookers entertain him at work. Worse yet, he doesn’t have much regard for human life either. When Kurt reminds him that his dad always paid more for safe chemical disposal, Bobby could care less if it endangered people’s lives in Bolivia, where a risky but cheaper alternative was offered.
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