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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE
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"...
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missed The Spot
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...
Published on 22 Nov. 2011 by Northern Warrior


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE, 10 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Horrible Bosses [DVD] [2011] (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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4.0 out of 5 stars Rude, crude & very funny, 28 Nov. 2011
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This review is from: Horrible Bosses [DVD] [2011] (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. My favorite was obviously the scenes with the gorgeous Jennifer Aniston throwing herself smuttily at Charlie Day , who can certainly compete against Cameron Diaz (Bad Teacher) in playing against type, and really, really, delightfully. Cameo appearances from Jamie Foxx (Ray), Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four) & Donald Sutherland add to the all star cast.

In conclusion, Horrible Bosses adheres you to the plight each character suffers under their respected boss from hell. It has some really funny moments in it & gets more right than it gets wrong. If you like smutty, silly humor it's worth considering. Contains strong language & mature themes. Recommended.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missed The Spot, 22 Nov. 2011
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Chemistry, Horrible Script, 3 Sept. 2012
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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.

Like with many comedy films, BluRay is not really required to enjoy the film. The highlight of the extras is some of the glimpses of the three central comedians getting along and building the chemistry that works so well in the film.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Bosses, 14 April 2015
This review is from: Horrible Bosses [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
As you probably guessed the plot is about three friends with employers who are making their lives hell and as a consequence, set about formulating a plan to kill them.

This film is one to watch when you want to turn off your brain and not think. As a result, you will probably enjoy the film more by not over analysing it. It has a decent cast which helps and it was surprisingly funny in parts and was better then I was expecting after hearing differing opinions on the film.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Wasted Opportunity, 6 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Horrible Bosses [DVD] [2011] (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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad, 4 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Horrible Bosses [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
The basic premise of the film is good and the horrible bosses are amusing stereotypes. There's some good moments, and Jennifer Anniston plays a different role to normal. However, there's an odd moment near the end when the heroes are about to be arrested and could evade it by landing one of their three enemies in the sticky stuff, but inexplicably they don't. The excessive use of bad language is pretty boring after a while and suggests the scriptwriters' limited vocabulary. Buy a theasaurus, chaps! Not too many laughs for a comesy either. Overall a reasonable way to pass the time but not brilliant.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 14.22, 5 Dec. 2014
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14.22
The number of minutes i stuck this out for. Had it not been free to stream on Prime, i guess i would have felt duty bound to continue, but it was and i don't so i didn't.
In that time there were maybe two funny lines but the rest of it was making me cringe too hard.
I think by this point we have met all the characters and i couldn't give a monkey's about any of them.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange film, 2 Feb. 2013
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chemical Romance, 3 Sept. 2012
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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.

Like with many comedy films, BluRay is not really required to enjoy the film. The highlight of the extras is some of the glimpses of the three central comedians getting along and building the chemistry that works so well in the film.
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