Horrible Bosses: Refreshing & Intelligent Comedy
are often dragged down by predictable plots that can be figured out a few
minutes in or by the cast’s exaggerated acting that make them easily forgettable.
So when a new comedy combines an interesting story with a genuinely funny cast,
you should probably ignore those odds and take your chance. Fortunately, Horrible
Bosses doesn’t disappoint. The film
focuses on three friends (Bateman, Sudeikis, and Day) who all suffer from intolerable
bosses (Spacey, Farrell, and Aniston) and decide to hire a professional hit man
to kill their respective bosses. When that doesn’t go according to plan, they
decide to take matters into their own hands. Of course, their plans get complicated as they encounter unexpected twists and turns that are refreshingly hilarious.
producers of Horrible Bosses have
succeeded in seamlessly combining comedy, action and crime, except for a few scenes
when those elements feel a bit chaotic; most notably the ending, which ends on
an abrupt and far too familiar note.
This may be an anti-climax to audiences, as the film kicks off to a very strong
start and is thoroughly entertaining up until the end. Furthermore, Spacey, Farrell
and Bateman’s characters don’t give them enough space to show off their acting
can be forgiven given the shining performance of the whole cast. Everyone pretty
much hits a home-run with their role, both in their comic timing and the
intelligent ways in which they all portray their respective characters. The material is pretty straightforward with
little complications or elaborate plot elements, and so it is left to the
devices of the actors to work their magic; it all actually seems very natural. The
film also includes a brief but hilarious cameo by Jamie Foxx as the
professional hit man hired by the friends.
As far as
comedies go, Horrible Bosses may well be one of the best comedies
of 2011 so far. It definitely deserves a chance, especially since Anniston
shuns her goody-two-shoes image and sinks her teeth into the role of a villain. Aside
from making you laugh out loud, Horrible
Bosses may also have employers everywhere reconsidering their relationships
with their employees.