Having a good boss is one of the best fortunes that can befall an employee. By the same token, having a bad one can be make your life miserable. Such situations lend themselves to both comedic and dramatic story-telling. In the comedy realm, the 2011 film “Horrible Bosses” showcased what lengths unhappy employees will go to in order to change their workplace environments. Since a sequel is due out later this year, a look at the original is in order.
“Horrible Bosses” stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis as long-time friends are all exceedingly frustrated by their awful bosses. Bateman plays Nick, who works for Dave (played by Kevin Spacey). At the corporation they work for, the thoroughly slimy and manipulative Dave positions himself for a promotion that Nick had earned. Day plays dental assistant Dale, who works for Julia (played by Jennifer Aniston), who repeatedly sexually harasses him; even though she knows he is engaged. Sudeikis plays Kurt, an account manager who works for Bobby (played by Colin Farrell), a cocaine addict who recently inherited his late father’s chemical company. All pushed to their limits, the three decide they want their bosses dead. They go to the mysterious Dean Jones (played by Jamie Foxx), an ex-con who agrees to mentor them on how to commit the murders without getting caught.
“Horrible Bosses” is a very funny movie. The bad guys really steal the show. Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, and Colin Farrell all do fantastic jobs of making their characters over-the-top and evil. Also, it is funny to see the main characters plan their crimes. Since they have no experience with homicide, they are thoroughly inept.
Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis all do effective jobs in the lead roles. They are quite likeable, even though they are planning to kill people. Jamie Foxx is also strong as Dean Jones, who may or may not be a killer.
“Horrible Bosses” is a good choice for fans of dark comedies.