Horibble Bosses movie review
alec96 - wrote on 11/05/11
Horrible Bosses has a great concept for a movie. I mean everyone bitches about there boss, and everyone wants to do something about it. But no one ever really does. Well what if someone did for a change? This is what the movie is about. Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) are tired of being tortured by their bosses(Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston). Quitting is not an option, so with the help of a lot of drinks and some advice from an ex-con named Motherfucker Jones (Jamie Foxx), they devise a plan to kill each others bosses.
I went into this movie expecting a decent comedy, and that's what it turned out to be. Lets start with the acting. The three friends played by Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day play off each other well. These are not brilliant comedic performances, but they still mange to be funny most of the time. Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, and Jennifer Aniston must have had some good fun playing such horrible bosses, and people for that matter. Ferrell looks completely different here, I laughed when I first saw him. It was actually hard to tell if it was him when I first saw him. He has a couple of funny moments, but he is the weakest boss. Aniston took a walk on the wild side. I didn't picture her playing a character that is a man eating sex freak. Somehow she pulls it off, but another actress could have played this character as well. The funniest boss is Kevin Spacey. He is also the best out of the entire cast.
Spacey delivers lines that would have felt to over the top if played by another actor. His scenes with Bateman in the beginning are really funny. Overall the whole cast does a pretty good job. They are limited here, but they do the best with there roles. They are mainly limited do to the script.
The script is average, it is hit and miss. There are some good laughs throughout the movie, but then there are some jokes that don't work. The movie starts off good. Then the movie starts being less funny. This mainly happens in the movies 3rd act.
This is an R rated comedy. R rated comedies where never that big. This is until 2009 when The Hangover came out. It proved that R rated comedies can make just as much many as the PG-13 ones. So ever since Hollywood has been trying to repeat that. There have been movie that have succeeded at this, and ones that have failed. Horrible Bosses has failed in the sense of being just as good as The Hangover. Horrible Bosses still manege's to be a decent comedy.
The movie could also have used a better director. Seth Gordon was just okay. The worst thing about this movie is it had so much more potential. Especially with this plot. With a better script and director, I feel this movie would have been substantial better. Horrible Bosses wasn't the classic I was hoping for, but this movie did make me laugh really hard at times.