A review - by Shlomoh Sherman

Director: Seth Gordon
Writers: Michael Markowitz (screenplay), John Francis Daley (screenplay)
Stars: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis
Taglines:  Is your boss a slave-driving psycho?
Genres:  Comedy - Crime
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA): Rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language and some drug material
Country: USA
Language: English
Release Date:  8 July 2011 (USA)
Filming Locations: Glendale, California, USA
Production Co: New Line Cinema, Rat Entertainment
Runtime:  USA: 98 min

Plot: Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness.

Goofs: Continuity: When the 3 guys talk to Dean 'MF' Jones the latches on the briefcase with the money are open then closed then open again.

Cindy told me that she had seen what must be the sleeper of the year, an overthetop cynical comedy called HORRIBLE BOSSES. After looking it up on the old trustworthy Internet and seeing some of the trailers, I decided to see it for myself.

This film is so devastatingly funny, it sends chills up your spine; ok, maybe just my spine.

Three friends each work for 3 sadistic, nasty, mean-spirited, and abusive bosses. Things become so drastic that the friends come to the conclusion that the only way to find relief is to kill their bosses. Of course, in this economy they just can't simply quit.

Traveling to the the worst and most dangerous bar in town, they encounter a self-styled "hitman" named Motherfucker Jones. MF turns out to be a "hitman advisor" rather than an actual hitman himself. He suggests to the three how to carry out the dirty deeds so our three hapless heros are on their own.

Things heat up as the friends become embroiled in in an overly elaborate scheme to "off the pigs" and barely escape arrest when the killings begin.

I won't be a spoiler. The movie is great fun and worth seeing if you want a good dirty laugh. :)

This is the second time I have seen Kevin Spacey play a horrible boss. The first was the 1994 classic "Swimming With Sharks" He is a wonderful actor who first enchanted me in THE USUAL SUSPECTS. To me, Kevin will always be KEYSER ZOSEY more than Bobby Darin

Jennifer Aniston will always be to me a beautiful, talented actress with a wide range. Seeing her as a meany, yet funny, sexually harrasing boss is terrific.

Goodness, I didn't even recognize Colin Farrell as one of the horrible bosses because of the makeup he had on.

The film mkers could not have chosen a better bad blackman than Jamie Foxx who pushes the stereotype of the ghetto thug to the limit. It's obvious that he was having fun playing the role.

Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis are almost after-thoughts as the three oppressed anti-heros when compared with Spacey, Anniston, Farrell, Foxx, and Donald Sutherland. They are effective but their roles could have been played by many other actors.

Euclid, OH
August 23, 2011

Cast overview, first billed only:

P.J. Byrne ... Kenny Sommerfeld
Kevin Spacey ... Dave Harken
Colin Farrell ... Bobby Pellitt
Steve Wiebe ... Thomas, Head of Security
Jennifer Aniston ... Dr. Julia Harris, D.D.S.
Jason Bateman ... Nick Hendricks
Charlie Day ... Dale Arbus
Lindsay Sloane ... Stacy
Michael Albala ... Mr. Anderton
Jason Sudeikis ... Kurt Buckman
Reginald Ballard ... Kurt's Co-Worker
George Back ... Kurt's Co-Worker
Barry Livingston ... Kurt's Co-Worker
Meghan Markle ... Jamie
Donald Sutherland ... Jack Pellit
Jamie Foxx ... Motherfucker Jones

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