Horrible Bosses (2011): Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses after which all hell breaks loose.
This movie is fucking hilarious. How's that for an opening line? Having Charlie Day, who in my opinion is the funniest man on the screen right now, always helps, as well as one of my all-time favorite actors in Kevin Spacey playing the charismatic yet diabolical character that I love seeing him play again and again. Additionally the chemistry between Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis is amazing, which honestly is probably the primary reason that a sequel is in the works. I would not mind seeing a Wolf Pack series with these three actors. I'm sure someone in Hollywood is salivating over the undeniable chemistry these three have and will follow through with that. Just make sure that their humor is unscripted. You can tell (thanks in part to the bloopers in the credits) that a large part of the humor is improvised, which definitely helps them bounce ideas off of each other.
Now each of our three protagonists has their own terrible boss, and while Sudeikis' man isn't really fleshed out (Colin Farrell is completely outmatched here anyway) the other two are. And boy are they great. I don't think anyone other than Charlie Day could sell the thought of Jennifer Anniston lusting unsuccessfully after any man, married or not, but MAN does he sell it! This is 100% attributed to Charlie Day and nothing else. He plays the awkward guy who is totally uncomfortable with his situation so well. This movie is also smart because there are several rape jokes within these two character's interactions, but they put the woman in the position of power and have the other two guys even say things like "Ya yours doesn't sound so bad." Whenever Day complains about it. Meanwhile Spacey's character is terrifying. Man is he evil. However this is a double-edged sword because as a result he doesn't have that much humor to add to this comedy. I'm still waiting for Spacey to make me really laugh but I am very ok with his charismatic and evil side. He is the best in the business at that without a doubt.
The story does start out as believable, but man by the third act it is absolutely ridiculous. One of my favorite moments comes here when our three protagonists are on the run from Spacey's character while simultaneously Charlie Day is on the phone with Anniston's telling her about all the nasty things he's going to do to her. While she fingers herself naked in a bath tub. Almost forgot to add that part. So much respect gained for Anniston to be willing to do this role. You don't see anything but regardless, she really puts herself out here with no shame attached. But still, the story is very shallow. However I've said it a million times and I'll say it again: as long as it makes me laugh, I will forgive a lot. And man did it have me cracking up at many points throughout.
I think this is going to be a shorter review because I don't really know what else to talk about. Oh! The humor itself is mostly crude. Definitely not safe which is nice, but there's also a lot of humor that is created out of the interactions of Day, Bateman, and Sudeikis. They play off of each other and will even take some screw ups with their own lines and just run with it. Those are the primary points of humor. Crude, physical, and one-liners. Mixed together well and man does it go down smoothly.
The Critique: a fun buddy movie with an absolutely crazy premise. But absolutely hilarious.
The Recommendation: definitely for those under 45, but man will people with ridiculous bosses love this movie.
The Verdict: 8/10 Great
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