MOVIE REVIEW: Horrible Bosses
The summer's big comedy
Talking heads have commented that the Casey Anthony trial was won the day the jury was selected. The same thing was said about the OJ Simpson trial. That same logic can apply to Horrible Bosses; it will be a huge hit because of how the film was cast.
The three best friends have wonderful chemistry and some funny lines. Jason Bateman continues to play the nice guy. I think Bateman was so much funnier as the boss, in Mike Judge’s underrated Extract from last year, and even with Jennifer Aniston previously in The Switch. It got bad reviews, but was a decent comedy.
Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live), who played a weasel in Hall Pass, plays a similar version of that character here. And Charlie Day (It’s Always Funny in Philadelphia) has a voice you’ll either love, or will sound like fingernails on a chalkboard. His voice worked great as he’s trying to stop from being sexually harassed by Jennifer Aniston. The problem was – his lines were horribly written. So were Aniston’s. How can you not smile when Aniston is sucking on Day’s ear. It was a funny visual. The problem was that all her other scenes weren’t funny.
Casting Kevin Spacey as one of the horrible bosses would’ve been more intriguing, had his performance not been like a similar character he played in Swimming with Sharks.
Colin Farrell is another horrible boss, after his dad (played by Donald Sutherland) dies. It would’ve been funnier seeing Farrell with the bald head/bad comb over, had we not laughed at Tom Cruise's similar character in Tropic Thunder. And, if the rest of his scenes lived up to the fun the first time we got to hear him talking about “trimming the fat” at the work place.
Jamie Foxx stole every scene he was in. The problem was he only had three scenes.
Director Seth Gordon made a splash with his first feature film – a documentary called King of Kong – A Fistful of Quarters. It’s one of the best documentaries ever. He went on to direct Four Christmases, which had only a few funny scenes. While this movie has about 10 more funny scenes, it’s just not enough.
A perfect example of why this film doesn’t work is when they meet at Applebee’s. This is the same place Sudeikis hung out at in Hall Pass. As they discuss how bad their bosses are, we get to see the scene that’s done in way too many films – the fantasy where one character starts to strangle the boss, and throws him out the window.
Horrible Bosses was like watching an SNL skit that had a decent premise but went on too long.
That being said, it’s going to be this summers Hangover. This movie is the male’s answer to Bridesmaids. Oh wait…that was the female answer to Hangover. Whatever you want to call it, I have to recommend it. Most people that see it are going to be glad they did.