Friday, July 8, 2011

MOVIE REVIEW: Horrible Bosses

Guest blogger Liz Parker is back from an advance screening of "Horrible Bosses" with an all star cast.  Is this a waste of good Hollywood talent or a meeting of great minds?  Let's read what Liz thinks...

I had high expectations for this movie, because along with a big cast of A-listers, the trailer looked hilarious. Although my expectations weren't fully met, Horrible Bosses did have many funny scenes, and I would still recommend seeing it.

Nick (Jason Bateman, "The Switch"), Dale (Charlie Day, TV's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"), and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis, "Hall Pass") all have a problem: they hate their bosses. Like really, REALLY hate them ... so much so that they consider killing their bosses just to make their lives easier. Of course, they know nothing about the business of killing, and so they drive to the seediest bar they can find to find themselves a killer for hire, where they meet Motherf**cker Jones (Jamie Foxx, "Due Date"), who agrees to be their "murder consultant." The guys agree with him that the least conspicuous way of going about this would be for each of them to kill one of the other's bosses, so that it would be harder to trace back to them. Unfortunately, while they are in the "recon" stage of the plans, an unexpected twist puts a wrench in their plans and forces the guys to tweak them a bit.

Horrible Bosses is another case of the trailer being funnier than the overall movie, but there were definitely some hilarious scenes in the movie. Jennifer Aniston ("Just Go With It") plays the sexually deviant dentist who is Day's boss, and she is constantly hitting on him and saying inappropriate things at work; Colin Farrell ("Crazy Heart") is Sudeikis's cocaine-snorting, womanizer, slacker boss, who only becomes the boss after his father (Donald Sutherland, "The Eagle") dies; and Kevin Spacey ("Casino Jack") plays Bateman's boss, who may be the worst one of all, or at least the most insane. Spacey has a bigger role than Aniston and Farrell, and I wish we could have seen more of them, but at the same time he definitely steals the show.

Yes, see this movie. Be aware that it's definitely rated "R" for a reason (one of the character's names, as you recall, is Motherf**cker Jones, if that gives you any indication), but it's a raunchy comedy that younger people will like. Even though it wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be, it's still very entertaining, and it is fun to see these disgruntled employees fumble with the "easy" job of killing their bosses; one of the film's strengths is that the three main employees have no idea what they are doing when they decide to murder their superiors, and it definitely gets them into a few strange and bizarre situations.

Horrible Bosses is in theaters today, July 8th.

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Liz Parker is a 2009 graduate of the University of Michigan. She currently works as an Assistant Medical Editor for a pathology website. Visit her at her movie blog Yes/No Films
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