25 July 2011
HORRIBLE BOSSES- Review
Nick, Kurt and Dale are three blokes who can't afford to quit their jobs, and yet find their lives gradually being ruined by their heinous employers. Nick's boss is a manipulative sadist, Kurt finds his idyllic employment wrecked by the sudden death of his boss and subsequent ascension of his cokehead son, and Dale is being sexually harrassed by the dentist he assists. Seeing no other way out, the three of them decide to pull off the perfect crime by murdering each other's bosses.
As a "big comedy", the posters for the film haven't exactly pushed its strongest quality. Instead, the poster for Horrible Bosses features Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell front and centre, as the titular bosses. They are all, to varying extents, bankable stars, especially as compared to the three leads- Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day, and its their camaraderie that is the film's strongest quality, rather than their enmity with any of their A-list bosses.
Instead, the three leads make it quite a likeable comedy, particularly Charlie Day. In what I suspect will be a star-making turn for him on the big screen, he's earnest and well-meaning, rather than being a giant naive baby. It's only in this respect that his harassment at the groping hands of Jennifer Aniston could work, cynically designed as it is to get the male audience laughing with the film, rather than putting them out of their comfort zone. Aniston may never have been more sexy than she is here, but it's really beside the point.
In many ways, that shows up how safe Horrible Bosses really is. Colin Farrell, giving a fun performance as the horriblest boss by far, gets the least screentime. There could have been much more made of his character's bizarre drug-addled behaviour, but he largely serves as an after-thought. Kevin Spacey is in OTT mode, which doesn't jar with the tone, but neither does it allow for a lot more than a reprise of Buddy Ackerman. Crucially, as a "big summer comedy", it never spends enough time in the shadows, and so it can't exploit the blackly comic premise to its fullest.
Horrible Bosses is now showing in cinemas nationwide.
If you've seen Horrible Bosses, why not share your comments below? The highlight for me? The name of Jame Foxx's character. If you don't know what it is yet, avoid spoilers at all costs- I laughed a lot at that scene.
I'm Mark the mad prophet, and until next time, don't watch anything I wouldn't watch.