Horrible Bosses

Rated R 100 min. 2011

I’ve been sitting here trying to think of what, exactly, to say about Seth Gordon’s Horrible Bosses. On one hand, there’s no amazing filmmaking going on here, and the material is standard at best. Give it a few months and I’ll forget I ever watched this movie. Regardless of all that, I was never bored and consistently entertained. And in a year where I’ve been habitually underwhelmed with new releases, and constantly waiting for something — anything — to wow me, you know what? I’ll take perfectly fine and entertaining. What works about the film is what’s been working for a lot of recent comedies: the cast. It’s the chemistry of Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and James Sudeikis that keeps Horrible Bosses chugging along, even through its weak opening reels, with its fits and spurts of adolescent sex humor and a real difficulty finding its stride. Once the movie gets to the plot proper, and about the time Jamie Foxx shows up as a supposedly hardened criminal and “murder consultant,” the film becomes entertaining. But, with this kind of movie, the bottom line is if it’s funny. For the most part, yes, in an R-rated kind of way, that, again, is less a product of the material and more the people on screen, since, as an ensemble piece, this isn’t a film conducive to loud-mouthed antics. As black comedy, it’s pretty toothless and benign, and never approaches anything truly edgy, but the film never acts like it really wants to.

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Official Site: horriblebossesmovie.warnerbros.com/index.html

Director: Seth Gordon

Writer: John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein

Producer: Brett Ratner and Jay Stern

Cast: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland and Julie Bowen

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