‘Horrible Bosses’ is Killer Funny
Sometimes its great to see a bunch of talented actors simply enjoy themselves. That is what Horrible Bosses is all about. Seeing award winning actors like Kevin Spacey and Colin Farrell take a break from their usual territory to do a comedy is a nice treat as this summer movie season slowly winds down.
Before I go on to praise all of the great things about Horrible Bosses, first I have to get the negatives out of the way. The overall plot is a little hard to swallow in a realistic sense, but the movie ends up being so much fun that you will rarely be reminded of the ridiculousness of it all. Also, Jason Bateman practically phones in his performance and seems rather bored throughout the whole thing. This is a big disappointment since everyone else in the cast seems to thoroughly enjoy themselves.
Phew, okay, moving on. Horrible Bosses is extremely enjoyable and consistently funny. The problem with most comedies is that they turn off the laughs for the last 20 minutes to wrap up the story. Bosses manages to remain funny, while tying up all of its loose ends. The script is great as well giving even Bateman’s wooden performance a few decent lines.
However, it is the cast that makes Horrible Bosses as great as it is. You can see why Charlie Day was cast in the film as it plays like a super-long episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Day is hysterical and is the best of the main trio. Jason Sudeikis also enjoys himself and has some great lines. Jaime Foxx has a small yet scene-stealing role.
Yet most of the credit goes to the title characters played by Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, and Jennifer Aniston. All 3 of them enjoy themselves so much, particularly Spacey who seems to be having the most fun he has ever had on the screen. Its also worthy to note how great it is to see Aniston unleash her darker side, and she seems to love doing it. Its a miracle that any takes were completed without her bursting into laughter.
Audiences will have as much fun watching Horrible Bosses as its stars did making it (aside from Bateman). This is an enjoyable comedy and one of the better movies of the summer. (*** out of 4)