Horrible Bosses

(2011)

Genres: Comedy

Review: Horrible Bosses

Transcript for Review: Horrible Bosses

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
That’s a scene from "Horrible Bosses," about three guys who hate their jobs and want to kill their bosses. And really, who among us hasn't pondered that kind of plan? Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis star as the put-upon employees. Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell play the horrible bosses -- and Spacey in particular thrives in this kind of role.

Clip 6 -- You call your grandmother Gam-Gam?

Because these guys aren't nearly as sophisticated as they pretend to be, they end up hiring someone they think is a hitman, played by Jamie Foxx.

Clip 5 -- Why don't you kill each others' bosses?

Yes, "Horrible Bosses" is essentially Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train," with one extra killing and a couple more jokes about genitalia. Our three would-be murderers bumble and bungle their way from one situation to the next and occasionally get something right -- by accident.

Clip 1 -- I didn't make it in

Director Seth Gordon's film wallows in silliness --  gleefully, and without an ounce of remorse or self-consciousness — and even though you're a grown-up and you should know better, you'll be happy to wallow right along, too. It's a movie that's wildly, brazenly stupid — but also, you know, fun. And if there's a sloppiness to the construction of it -- well, that's just fitting given the subject matter. Thumbs up from me.

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
Sloppiness to the construction is an understatement this movie is a mess. Look when your doing comedy, whether it’s a whole feature film or a knock knock joke; structure, construction, pacing, those are really the things that make comedy, you can tell, you know, a bad joke, but if you tell it well enough it’s funny. I mean, sure, in the beginning you have this fairly good sense of structure. You have these kind of these three guys, and you know, their three bosses are introduced separately, but then, about the halfway point it just starts falling apart, almost unspooling before your eyes.

CHRISTY:
Now there are enough individual weird moments here and individual performances especially from Kevin Spacey whose great in this kind of slick evil role. Collin Farrell doing something totally different with that bad comb over and just being a complete jerk, I laughed enough the whole way through that I could forgive the lags in pacing or logic.

IGNATIY:
The lags in pacing or the fact that it’s almost impossible to believe that these three people are friends.

CHRISTY:
I believe that, if they had grown up together, maybe they’re different guys now. I didn’t have a problem with that, that’s the least of the movies problems.

IGNATIY:
Oh, now you finally admit that…

CHRISTY:
No, it’s fun, but I had a good time, in spite of myself.

IGNATIY:
You know, I have a good time watching a YouTube video of a man stepping on a rake, that doesn’t mean I think it’s a good movie.

CHRISTY:
That is a good movie, that’s a whole movie right there.