Here’s the Official Synopsis:
For Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day), the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few too many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con, the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers…permanently. There’s only one problem: even the best-laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them.
Directed By: Seth Gordon
Written By: John Francis Daley • Jonathon M. Goldstein • Michael Markowitz
Cast: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day
I didn’t get the chance to see Horrible Bosses in theaters this Summer, so I jumped at the chance when WB offered to send it to me for review. I have to say now, that I’m very sorry I didn’t catch this in theaters.
Truthfully I only saw one R-rated comedy this past Summer and that was Hangover II….and we all know how that went: terrible. I definitely should have picked this instead. Horrible Bosses starts off kind of slow and uses way over the top caricatures of ‘bad’ bosses, but it immediately grabs your attention.
Seriously, the bosses were so over the top they could have been cartoons, but that’s not exactly a bad thing. It makes for a funnier situation and actually gives some sort of justification for the trio’s (Jason Sudeikis, Jason Batemen, and ) later actions in trying to kill them. If anyone of you actually has a boss that acts like this, I’d love to hear it.
I think the best part of this film are the three main characters. You really get the sense that these guys have known each other for a long time and are good friends. Never once did their witty banter feel forced. In fact, most times the conversations felt like they naturally progressed from the situations. This is likely a combination of great writing and the ability to perform it.
This will definitely have you laughing for a variety of reasons. Some of the gags border on the slapstick, while others are way more subtle (a goofy and deliberately placed portrait on the wall in one scene had me cracking up), so there are many forms of comedy in here for people to enjoy.
There are a couple downsides. The beginning is pretty slow, and there are a few times were the antics get so hyper-active, they go from funny to annoying. Fortunately those moments are incredibly brief and the proper pacing gets back on track.
My only other problem with this film had nothing to do with the story, the script, or the direction: it’s Jason Sudeikis. For the life of me I cannot find this guy funny. I just don’t like him, and I can’t pinpoint exactly why. His character was funny in this movie, but part of me still wanted to see someone else in the role.
I really didn’t care for the other R-rated comedy he was in this year (Hall Pass), though that wasn’t entirely his fault. One of the biggest issues I had with Hall Pass was it’s indecisiveness. At most points it felt like a PG-13 comedy, and the R-rated parts felt unnatural and tacked on. Fortunately Horrible Bosses fully commits to it’s rating the entire time through, making the whole movie feel consistent.
It’s got quite a few special features on the disc as well, but they only total about 30 minutes, and I couldn’t in good conscience tell you it’s worth it. They aren’t bad, but not exactly memorable either. Still it’s more work on a blu-ray than most comedies put into it.
Don’t skip out on this movie. If you didn’t check it out in theaters, this is well worth your time and one of the funniest movies this year has produced.
Horrible Bosses gets a 8 out of 10.