Wow, I was not expecting that!
Horrible Bosses is about three friends, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudekis) who are all stuck with awful examples of—all together now—horrible bosses.
Kurt’s new boss is Bobby Pellitt (Colin Farrell), a coke-snorting, paying-for-sex, combover-sporting deadbeat; Dale’s tormentor is Dr. Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston) a sex-crazed dentist who doesn’t care that her coarseness makes him, her dental hygienist, uncomfortable; and finally Nick has to deal with Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey) a psychotic, suspicious, top-rung executive who seems to derive a special pleasure in tormenting Nick.
Crippling insults, disturbing sexual advances and examples of corporate malfeasance start stacking up until one desperate night, fuelled by too much alcohol the three friends plot to kill each others’ employers (Alfred Hitchcock is even name-checked in the dialogue).
Now while none of this material is brand new, the movie works like a charm. An audacious, foul-mouthed charm for sure, but a charm nonetheless. The three leading men are in fine form, especially Mr. Day whose work I was unfamiliar with. As the devoted fiancé forced to endure the extremely inappropriate advances of his female boss he is a total treat to watch.
The movie has a very generous, very delicious sprinkling of really funny dialogue and all the supporting characters seem to have really gotten into the spirit of things with this movie. It is really weird to see an older, tanner version of TV’s Rachel Green saying some of the filthy things that come out of Dr. Harris’s mouth, but it is also kind of fun.
This is the type of movie that can only be adequately described as batshit crazy. In a good way. In the best way possible actually. If you only watch one Jennifer Aniston movie this year, make sure Horrible Bosses is the one. Even if you’re not her biggest fan, and the thought of her in a movie normally discourages you from watching it, make an exception in this case.
That is how much fun I had watching Horrible Bosses.