What kind of a name is Horrible Bosses? Bad Bosses would have been bad enough, but at least it’s alliterative; Rachael-from-Friends-Dyes-Her-Hair-Brown-and-is-Now-a-Totally-Believable-Bad-Guy even has a better ring to it than Horrible Bosses. Come on movie execs, what were you thinking?
The name may be bad, but this film definitely does what it says on the tin. A bit like Snakes on a Plane, it doesn’t disappoint with the content – the bosses are definitely horrible, just as there were certainly snakes on the plane.
Other than the truly appalling name, there really isn’t much to love or hate about this run-of-the-mill Friday night comedy. The cast is okay. Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, and the hilarious Colin Farrell who definitely steals the show, are the ruthless employers of the film’s three protagonists. There are moments of pure comedy gold, though they might be few and far between, and the plot is original enough. The idea is that apparently most people will have fantasised about killing their bosses, (hopefully the latest winner of The Apprentice won’t be getting any ideas.)
This being said, as there are thousands of people worldwide struggling with unemployment, many of them may find it hard to sympathise with these disgruntled employees – at least they have jobs. They will feel especially annoyed that the on-screen personas of Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis fruitlessly throw around thousands of pounds worth of kit to eradicate their bosses, while they themselves are wedged in cramped cinemas, clutching their discount tickets and a bag of Sainsbury’s own-brand onion rings, ahh the high life.
This film is yet another example of the Seth Rogen legacy – awkward, self-conscious comedy interspersed with high-octane car chases and lots and lots of drugs. Although hilarious in places, it may struggle to hold your attention for the whole 98 minutes. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself wondering what you’ll be having for tea when you get home and if you locked the front door… only to be snapped out of it by images of a very foxy looking Ms Aniston.
Horrible Bosses okay, but it’s definitely nothing to write home, or even anonymously to your boss, about. One thing’s for sure, if you do have a job, you’ll be a lot more appreciative of your boss come Monday morning.