Horrible Bosses 2011

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

Starring:
Jason Bateman, Charlie Day
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jamie Foxx, Jason Sudeikis, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston
Director Seth Gordon
Genres Comedy
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 19 December 2011
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jamie Foxx, Jason Sudeikis, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston
Director Seth Gordon
Genres Comedy
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 19 December 2011
Main languages English

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY 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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By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
Horrible Bosses follows trio of friends, Nick (Jason Bateman -Arrested Development) , Kurt (Jason Sudeikis -What Happens In Vegas) & Dale (Charlie Day -It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia). Who each have a boss from hell, with their various quirks. one is a psycho, Nick's boss Harken (Kevin Spacey -The Usual Suspects), one is a Coke fiend, Kurt's boss Bobby Pellit (Colin Farrell -Miami Vice) & one is a nympho maniac, Dale's boss Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston -Friends).

For the most part you can sympathize with each on how they hate their bosses so much, although, who wouldn't want Jennifer Aniston talking smutty & seducing them ? So, they decide they have had enough & jokingly over drinks, suggest that they kill their bosses, but things get a bit carried away, and they actually start seriously considering it. But the bumbling trio have difficulty finding someone to do their dirty work, as they have bizarre meetings with what they believe to be underworld persons i.e hitmen. As you'd expect, comedy & mayhem ensue.

Overall i thought it was funny & you could pick & mix your own favorite character & boss to feel more or less kindred.
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13 of 16 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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 3 Sept. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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