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Horrible Bosses
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Reviewed on 2011-07-08
Received[1.5]  out of 4 stars
Television sitcom stars Jennifer Aniston ("Friends") and Jason Bateman ("Arrested Development") headline the cast of yet another raunchy dark comedy. The first word of the catchy title tells in a nutshell everything you need to know about this movie. The story is about three friends with different bosses who make their daily lives miserable.

Nick Hendricks (Bateman) has been working his tail off for the past eight years. He believes the 12-hour days are only temporary until he lands the promotion promised to him by his slave-driving, psychotic supervisor, Dave Harken (two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey from "American Beauty" and "The Usual Suspects.") At a staff meeting, Nick realizes advancement within the company is never going to happen.

Dale Arbus (Charlie Day from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"), a dental assistant, has been struggling to maintain his self-respect against the relentless sexual advances of man-eating nymphomaniac Julia Harris, D.D.S. (Aniston in a dark wig). She has suddenly turned up the heat in an effort to get Dale in the sack before his impending nuptials.

Kurt Buckman (Shawnee Mission West grad Jason Sudeikis from "Saturday Night Live") loves his job as an accountant at a family-owned chemical company. When his sweet boss, Jack Pellit (Donald Sutherland), dies from a sudden heart attack, the management of the company falls into the hands of Jack's sleazy, coke-snorting son, Bobby (a nearly unrecognizable Colin Farrell from "Miami Vice" and "Minority Report" sporting a potbelly and comb-over). Kurt now has to deal directly with this idiot, who wants to squeeze every dollar of profits out of the company even if it means disposing of toxic waste directly into the environment, jeopardizing the health of an unsuspecting population. Bobby also wants to trim payroll by firing all the fat and handicapped employees.

Nick, Dale and Kurt meet at a bar and commiserate over beers. Since the job market is terrible, they determine that quitting is not an option. They talk hypothetically about how their lives would be so much easier if their bosses were in the ground.

"It's not murder if it's justified," Kurt says.

They get advice on how to knock off their superiors from Dean Jones (Oscar winner Jamie Foxx from "Ray," "Law Abiding Citizen" and "Dreamgirls"), a "murder consultant" currently on probation after serving 10 years in prison. His crime, when finally revealed, will catch you by surprise. His unprintable nickname "M.F." is repeated ad nauseum.

The remainder of the movie is about how they stake out their victims and gather information about various habits and weaknesses in an effort to carry out their convoluted and supposedly foolproof plan. Their goal is to make the deaths look like accidents and to be far away from the crime scenes.

The movie definitely crosses the line of good taste. It is crude, gross and disgusting. Anyone who thinks this is funny has a sick and demented mind. It turns into a chore to sit through this insufferable and totally offensive movie. The pervasive X-rated trash talk belongs in a locker room. Your best bet is to avoid this like the plague.

The people who walked out of the free advance screening after the first 15 minutes were the smart ones in a packed auditorium.

The actors associated with this movie should be embarrassed by what they were willing to do for a paycheck.

The biggest disgrace is Aniston, who steps outside her comfort zone and tarnishes her "good girl" image by playing against type. She degrades herself by flashing her hot figure and talking dirty. It is unrealistic for her character to risk a promising career along with all the education and training just to satisfy a sexual itch. With her looks and personality, she can land any man outside the workplace.

Bateman, Sudeikis and Day come across as morons. Everything they have to say is instantly forgettable. They don't garner either our respect or sympathy, leaving us without anyone worth pulling for in this production.

Spacey is over-the-top and steals every scene. He seems the most comfortable walking in the shoes of the proverbial boss from hell and a jealous husband to boot. He suspects that his wife, Rhonda (Julie Bowen from "Modern Family" and "Boston Legal"), is cheating on him with every man that she meets.

After watching this trio of bumbling schemers get in and out of trouble with a series of crazy shenanigans and listening to the filthy dialogue, you will feel like taking a long, hot shower to wash away any recollection of sitting through this garbage.

This movie is a missed opportunity that could have offered groups of co-workers a chance to relax, bond and air their gripes about authority figures controlling their daily activities.

Review By:
Keith Cohen "The Movie Guy"


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