Horrible Bosses 2011

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(164) IMDb 6.9/10
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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 Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy P on 6 April 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Having read several reviews that said the film wasn't up too much, my wife and I weren't expecting it to be very good, but thought we'd give it a try because of the high quality cast, and we were both very pleasantly surprised! I tend to think that comedies are the hardest films to produce - it isn't easy to have a story, script or acting that produces laughs, but this film did it. It may not have succeeded in giving us belly laughs, but we would definitely recommend the film as one that is very amusing, extremely well acted and well scripted with a quirky story line.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. James W. Nash on 2 Feb 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
One of those films you watch uncomfortably for most of the time.
Has some funny moments, but not a laugh out loud film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Oct 2012
Format: DVD
This is certainly not 9 to 5 in which the horrible boss was skewered by his three employees. It lacked the believability and acting ability of the earlier film. The three horrible bosses were very well played but I found the three leads weak, and the high-pitched one a total pain. Indeed, the quality of the supporting cast really shows up the leads. I can see the attempt to be like Hangover (one serious, one Lothario, and one nutter) but the plan failed in the execution. What saves matters is that this becomes a comedy of excruciation. Our heroes cannot do anything without it rebounding in the most horrible fashion possible.
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8 of 10 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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Any film with Kevin Spacey is set to be pretty amazing! He clearly was having the time of his life filming this as he is able to be as outrageous as he wants! Jason Bateman was also great fun to watch with some fantastic line delivery! The film isn't all too clever but it doesn't need to be. It's extremely funny in places and has a self referencing vibe throughout. The ending raps things up nicely, removing the problems and small potential plot holes that may not have been addressed otherwise. If you want a funny film, with some great characters to sit back and not think about, this film does just that.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carol on 9 July 2013
Format: DVD
It's an okay film. Not the best I've seen and I certainly wouldn't give it 5 stars as a lot of people have but maybe that's just my preference. It had a few good laughs but mostly it wasn't very funny. All in all it's watchable. You see Jennifer Aniston in a different role normally she plays romcom type films and she has come away from that aspect of her career in this film. The casting is good but I wasn't fond of the story line. That's my opinion any way.
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7 of 9 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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