Horrible Bosses

17 07 2011

Have you ever disliked your boss so much that you wanted that person to die? That’s the premise behind Horrible Bosses, which features the hilarious struggles of three different men against their awful jobs.

Each of these bosses is outlandishly funny. Nick’s boss, for example, offers to share a glass of scotch at 8:30 in the morning. While Nick initially declines, his boss Dave (Kevin Spacey) insists that it would be rude not to have a drink with him. Since Nick (Jason Bateman) is hoping for a promotion, he begrudgingly accepts.

Then, Dave pours his unfinished drink into Nick’s glass, calls him an alcoholic, and forces him to drink the scotch if he wants his promotion. For the rest of the day, his boss frequently brings up Nick’s ‘problem’, and derides Nick’s alcoholism for no other reason than to publicly embarrass him. Nick just stares at him, and fantasizes about throwing him out of a window.

Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) has a more unique problem with his boss, Bobby (Colin Farrel). After inheriting the company from his father, Bobby spends most of his time at work ordering hookers and doing lines of cocaine off his desk.

Meanwhile, Dale (Charlie Day) is being sexually harassed by his attractive boss, Julia (Jennifer Aniston). For many men, this wouldn’t be much of a problem. Unfortunately, Dale is engaged, and doesn’t want to ruin his relationship. In one scene, Julia calls Dale into her office, locks the door with a remote switch, and then watches him squirm uncomfortably as she struts around him, half-naked.

For various reasons, none of these men can quit their jobs. Faced with spending the rest of their lives with their horrible bosses, they come up with a plan: they’re going to hire a hit man.

Horrible Bosses is surprisingly funny. In movies with multiple funny actors sharing each scene, it’s easy for the plot and characters to fall by the wayside. Fortunately, Bateman, Sudeikis and Day all have great on-screen chemistry.

According to this movie, getting your ear licked by Jennifer Aniston is a bad thing.

Instead of feeling staged, it feels like we’re watching the hilarious outcome of three normal guys who decided, after several beers, to murder their bosses. None of them know how to answer questions like, where do we hire a hit man? Or, how do we do this without being caught?

Like a good comedy movie, humor is in every scene. Car rides, for example, are punctuated by hilarious dialogue between Kurt and his Indian “On-Star” assistant. Even Jennifer Aniston is delightfully crazy as Dale’s sexy boss.

Led by a cast of strong characters, Horrible Bosses stands right behind Bridesmaids as the funniest film of the year. The only question is: when are these three actors going to make another movie with each other?