Horrible Bosses

Film, Comedy
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(11user reviews)
Anti-globalisation theses on the behavioural tropes of corporations and the jacked-up, fist-pumping assholes that work for them are (unofficially) repackaged as glossy, blackly comic pop-culture vaudeville in Seth Gordon’s ‘Horrible Bosses’. It sees a trio of genial, middle-rung clock-punchers take a flailing punt at achieving the American Dream by planning to ritually slaughter their respective bosses.

And you sympathise with them, too: Jason Bateman (still Hollywood’s most sympathetic screen presence) has Kevin Spacey’s manipulative and psychotically paranoid CEO obstructing his path to promotion. Goofy dental assistant Charlie Day is forced to spend his days furiously fending off the sexual advances of his superior, Jennifer Aniston. And office nice guy Jason Sudeikis has to suffer the coke-fuelled fury of Colin Farrell sporting a greasy comb-over and a penchant for customised black satin furnishings – a character clearly modelled on Billy Mitchell, the deplorable ‘Donkey Kong’ champ in Gordon’s 2007 doc ‘The King of Kong’.

It’s familiar stuff; this could’ve been called ‘Man, I Love You Swimming With Old School Hall Passes’. But Gordon knows what works and what doesn’t, pushing the leads’ chummy chemistry to the fore while allowing the schematic and, frankly, highly unlikely murder plot to sink into the background. The colourful digressions are actually the best bits, including an apropos-of-nothing conversation between Sudeikis and Bateman as to who would be more ‘rapeable’ in prison, and their run-in with a film-stealing Jamie Foxx as a hot-tempered ‘murder consultant’ named Motherfucker Jones.


Release details

Release date:
Friday July 22 2011
100 mins

Cast and crew

Seth Gordon
Donald Sutherland
Charlie Day
Jason Sudeikis
Colin Farrell
Jamie Foxx
Jason Bateman
Jennifer Aniston

Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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I enjoyed this film, it was fun and Jennifer Aniston plays the part very well. It was entertaining and definetly worth watching!

I went to this film on a rainy afternoon, so as to escape the most dreary & depressing summer weather in Holland for a couple of hours (we are currently having the wettest summer ever in Dutch history since 1906!) and was not disappointed: the highlight of this quite funny film for me was seeing Jennifer Aniston playing a *bad* character for a change: it was eye-opening & most of all refreshing! It has quite a while seeing Kevin Spacey in an interesting role which matches his talents and he did not disappoint as well in his supporting role in this movie.

Brilliant film! Many laugh out loud moments. Even if it did have the feel of the Hangover, it was still different enough to be funny. I don't know what people are talking about when they say the funniest parts are during the adverts, as that is very untrue. This film shouldn't be missed!

Brilliant film! Many laugh out loud moments. Even if it did have the feel of the Hangover, it was still different enough to be funny. I don't know what people are talking about when they say the funniest parts are during the adverts, as that is very untrue. This film shouldn't be missed!

A definate must see film! If your in the age bracket 15-30 you'll love this film, although I can understand the criticism from those that seem older who might find some of the language innapropriate for a film classed as a 15. It's definately worth a see if your looking for a good, piss yourselves laughing flick in the evening, and definately one of the better films out at the moment if you've already seen HP and want to see something else!

Three unlikely mates are having major problems with their bosses and decide they must be rubbed out. The first guy is wrung out to dry on the promise of a vapour ware promotion, number two has a great boss who kicks off to the great boardroom in the sky leaving a viral pest of a scion in charge, and the third is a wimp who won't s*** his shapely boss - never have that problem.

Dont listen to those who say the best bits are in the adverts. this is a good all round movie. ok so there are a few rough edges-i wouldve liked more from colin farrell as they have put more into his appearance than his storyline. When does J.aniston ever talk dirty or do things on screen that lets the male(or female) imagination go MMMMmmmm.So enjoy it,its just abit of fun not perverted.Even she wrote in paper she enjoyed playing that as she has abit of that role play in her in real life. the 3 main 'employees' had good parts aswell as kevin spacey. 4 star****

This film is the funniest i've seen for some time. colin farrel made me laugh with his comed over hair & his funny dancing in his apartment. & jennifer Aniston was funny the way she was sexual harrassing that guy. theres so much in this film that made me laugh out loud. really this film is not to b missed.

Let down by low grade humour and lots of locker room swearing, but it's a job for the Hollywood blocks of wood. Save your money, only worth going to hear Jennifer Aniston talk dirty and that doesn't deliver either

First film iv'e seen in my local for over 3 weeks (thanks to Bay's and Potter's frustrating domination).......and it wasn't great. Yes, a fair amount of "good" undone by the awful Charlie Day - That act was taken by the fella in Police Academy 25 years back you annoying git! - but enough here to make it cinema worthy. Was going to add producers may like to move on from the penis, vagina & lots of f word's staple of these types of "naughty comedy's", but howling laughter from the other viewers void's my wishes for the foreseeable future. 6/10

Saw this as a special preview yesterday, have to say it was a bit of a disappointment. It just wasn't as funny as I expected it to be. Quite entertaining though, just don't expect many laugh out loud moments, the best bits were show in the adverts unfortunately.