111. Horrible Bosses (2011)

Horrible is a pretty apt description

Directed by: Seth Gordon
Written by: Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley
Starring: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis

The grueling employee-boss relationship is something a lot of people can relate to. For a comedy, this relationship could open up hilarious characters, laugh-out-loud moments and a crazy number of ways to fix the situation for good. Horrible Bosses, however, handles this gold-mine concept like an amateur.

Begging not to be sexed by Jennifer Anniston. Nobody's going to buy that.

Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day) and Kurt (Sudeikis) are three friends who each have horrible bosses. Nick’s boss (Spacey) is an egotistical, power-tripping boss who dangles promotions in front of Nick without actually rewarding him with anything. Dale’s boss (Anniston) sexually harrasses him even though she knows full well that he is completely committed to his wife, while Kurt’s boss (Farrell) sniff cocaine and turns his office into a strip joint.

When confronted with the question: how do we fix this? The three moronic friends decide rather drunkenly that killing their bosses off would be the best option. Even in the sober light of morning, they go with this plan – setting themselves up for a lot of trouble and a horrible movie.

As the film quickly loses steam through a very slow-moving plot that takes illogical steps towards a rather shoddy resolution, Horrible Bosses seems to struggle with deciding what kind of humour it’s going for. Without enough gross-out humor to shock us, no wit to have us admire its cleverness, or any chemistry between the three friends to be idiotically funny, this film relies too heavily on unconvincing extremes and random spurts of Charlie Day.

While Kevin Spacey saves the film to a certain extent with his characterization, it is a shame that Jennifer Anniston and Colin Farrell weren’t given more screen time as their characters seem promising and could have contributed largely to actually making us laugh. Instead, the film is sent packing as just another Hollywood flop.


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