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Horrible Bosses (2011)

Director:
Seth Gordon
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Comedy
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Horrible Bosses
RUNNING TIME
98 minutes
Producer:
Brett Ratner
Jay Stern
Screenwriter:
Michael Markowitz
John Francis Daley
Jonathan Goldstein


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Nick Hendricks Jason Bateman
Dale Arbus Charlie Day
Kurt Buckman Jason Sudeikis
Dr. Julia Harris, D.D.S. Jennifer Aniston
Bobby Pellitt Colin Farrell
Dave Harken Kevin Spacey
Dean "Motherfucker" Jones Jamie Foxx

 

Review

I can appreciate the basic premise of Horrible Bosses, in which three seemingly sympathetic guys decide to put their heads together in order to get rid of their wildly unreasonable and borderline evil superiors, but the writing lacks edge and the jokes are anything but subtle. Banal, puerile ass-humour is about the best this film can do, adding a wildly dirty-talking Jennifer Aniston for good measure. The fact that her character's reverse sexism and objectification is the cream of the crop when it comes to the film's comedy, says it all about the script's level. And as if that wasn't enough, the lead characters don't have the depth required for us to empathize with them, and the antagonists are far too one-dimensional to be effective. The film is like a simplified comic book story without soul, moral or heroes. Considering it tries so relentlessly, you might get one or two laughs out of Horrible Bosses, perhaps at the comments of the increasingly uncomfortable Jason Bateman who seems to regret agreeing to do the film as much as his character seems to regret agreeing to his friends' scheme. Even for a film in the low-brow sex-comedy subgenre, this is remarkably bad.

Copyright 19.2.2012 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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