Who among us hasn’t wished a boss was dead? Life would be easier, you might enjoy going to work in the morning and it might make you feel like you did humanity a favor. It is for these reasons and more that Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis decide to kill their bosses in Horrible Bosses.
Bateman plays Nick Hendricks, a hard worker for a financial firm run by Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey). Bateman doesn’t stray to far from his usual on-screen persona as an every-guy with an exceptional abundance of dry humor and wit but that’s alright because he does it so perfectly. As for Spacey, he’s almost too good as a psychotic sociopath who seems to make it his personal mission in life to be a dick to everyone around him.
Sudeikis plays Kurt Buckman, a financial manager for a chemical company run by Bobby Pellitt (Colin Farrell). Sudeikis plays an every-guy as well, not much different from the one he played in Hall Pass. His chemistry with Bateman and Day was one of the best parts of Horrible Bosses; Sudeikis has lined himself up as valuable addition to any comedic ensemble. Farrell was fun to watch in this movie as he clearly had a lot fun with role of Bobby. With his atrocious combover and potbelly (and obsession with gold dragons and cocaine), you can’t help laugh at and simultaneously be creeped out by Bobby.
Day plays Dale Arbus, a dental assistant who works for Dr. Julia Harris, a sexually aggressive dentist. Day, like Bateman, doesn’t stray to far from the role he’s usually cast in: that of a hilarious man-child who seems to skate by on the minimal amount of charm he posseses. Day has been perfecting this role on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia for years now and he’s a pro; he’s easily one of the best parts of that show and in Horrible Bosses. The role of Julia is unlike anything Aniston has done before and it’s easy to see she just dove right in and chewed up the scenery and dialogue like there’s no tomorrow. Saying Julia is sexually aggressive almost feels like an understatement after witnessing the lengths she went to to try and get Dale to have sex with her. She could be an editor for Penthouse Forum.
As a whole, Horrible Bosses wasn’t quite as funny as the previews made it out to be. There were portions of the film where it felt like it was dragging and it didn’t know where to go next. However, there were enough hilarious moments and dialogue to keep the viewer sustained. The performances by the excellent cast are the real champion of this film and made it what it is. Horrible Bosses is now playing in Cinemagic in Merrimack and Hooksett.