Horrible Bosses 2011

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Management candidate Nick Hendricks has been logging 12-hour days and eating everything his twisted supervisor Dave Harken dishes out, only to find he's never getting promoted. Meanwhile, dental assistant Dale Arbus has been struggling to maintain his self-respect against the relentless X-rated advances of Dr. Julia Harris, D.D.S. And accountant Kurt Buckman has just learned that his company's ...

Starring:
Jason Sudeikis,Jennifer Aniston
Runtime:
1 hour, 37 minutes

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Horrible Bosses

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Seth Gordon
Starring Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston
Supporting actors Colin Farrell, Jason Bateman, Jamie Foxx, Charlie Day
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Sept. 2013
Format: DVD
Three friends have horrible bosses. For one reason or another they are stuck at their jobs. Nick works for Kevin Spacey who is a ridiculous driver and badgers Nick when he is 2 minutes late. Kurt works a chemical company. His new boss is a coke head who sees the business as an ATM machine and wants to run it into the ground. When he says he wants to "trim the fat" that means he wants to fire fat people. Dale, who is engaged, is a dental assistant to Jennifer Aniston, who wants to have sex with him. Even his close friends have trouble believing that is a problem.

Kurt claims killing his boss, who wants to dump waste on the proverbial poor Bolivians would save lives and that they have a moral duty to kill their boss. Jennifer Aniston develops a comical potty mouth in this film, one that makes Madonna sound like Mother Teresa.

After some very brief soul searching our trio decides life would be better without their bosses. However getting to that point is not easy. The movie takes some unexpected twists. The role of Dale (Charlie Day) was clearly written with Zach Galifianakis in mind. In spite of that, this was still an excellent movie. Good laughs, and an enjoyment to see Aniston as "R" rated.

F-bomb, crude sex talk (mostly by Aniston)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Makistrak on 6 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD
I can't shake the feeling that this film could have been properly hilarious and am still slightly irritated that it was as mediocre as it turned out to be.

The story goes, three mates are suffering at work due to the horrendous bosses that they work under. Having had enough, they decide to take matters into their own hands and have them 'bumped off' with hilarious results...apparently.

As mentioned before, this film could have been great if only the writers had put a bit more thought into it. The story feels lazy and by the numbers. Whilst some characters are pretty entertaining (ie Spacey's psycho and Farrel's sleazebag), others felt like filler. Aniston was more cringe worthy than funny, relying on simple smut rather than actual humour. It's like the writer has spent his life fantasising about her and thought it was a great opportunity to vent his deviancy all in the name of comedy.

As for the three main characters played by Bateman, Sudeikis and Day, they have moments of brilliance but all too often lapse into the standard gross out/shock tactics that seem to be the American comedy standard at the moment. I mean as soon as one of them started wiping his a*se with his bosses toothbrush I thought the script was grasping at straws a bit.

Also, why have they cast an oscar winning actor like Foxx in a part where he not only isn't funny, but isn't even interesting?

I know the film isn't meant to be high brow or anything and I wasn't expecting it to be, but why can't comedy writers just think a bit more about what might get a belly laugh rather than a smirk? As I said, lazy and by the numbers.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Northern Warrior on 22 Nov. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
The premise of this movie was quite good, as most of us have had days at work when we have been taken to the "attitude clinic" or a run in with the manager and feel like murdering them! The movie had the potential to be a much darker version of "Office Space" but unfortunately failed to deliver.

Part of the problem is the characterisation. Of the bosses, only Kevin Spacey's "bullyboy" manager really hit true. Jennifer Aniston's cougar act as a female dentist preying on male staff and customers alike was just too OTT, as was Colin Farrell's Les Grossman alike. The most irritating part was however Charlie Day's hyper and chatty dental assistant, he just ruined the film for me. It became apparent fairly early on that the bulk of the movie was going to be all talk, with very little action or progression towards actually bumping off the antagonists.

As other reviewers have mentioned, the movie is quite crude in places. I'm no prude but it seemed to me whenever the plot was sagging a bit, they gave Jennifer Anniston a few dirty lines or F-bombs to titillate male viewers used to seeing her in more demure roles.

On reflection it was probably worth a rental but not a permanent place in the collection.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 3 Sept. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
The modern gross out comedy has lost its identity. It appears that hiring Jason Bateman alone is enough for you to get the green light. This must have been the case with `Horrible Bosses', as it wasn't the script. Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis play three friends all being harassed by their bosses. They plot in a half-hearted way to kill each other's bosses `Strangers on a Train' style. This is the basic outline of the plot and it does not deviate much.

`Horrible Bosses' is less a film about narrative and more about comedic performances. Out of the 6 lead parts only Bateman is a straight man, the rest of the cast get something a little barmy to do. Day and Sudeikis have great chemistry together, as `Going the Distance' already showed, add in Bateman and you have a trio of comedians who can patter all day. These three are the backbone of the movie, but it is Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell who steal the limelight with their turns as horrible bosses. As much as I enjoyed their evil side, it is only Farrell who actually shows a side of his acting not seen before.

The issues with `Horrible Bosses' are not down to the casting, but the paper thin plotting. None of the characters are really developed enough to you to sympathise with their plans to murder. When they do go about their nasty deeds the film seems to lose direction and flies off at random. The close knit comedic trio are split and the highlight of the film dissipates. `Horrible Bosses' is by no means the worst adult comedy of recent years, but it is far from being the best (see something like '21 Jump Street' for a better example). It all feels like a bunch of comedic performers, directors and writers getting a pay cheque.
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