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Horrible Bosses

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Jeff Nelson

Horrible Bosses has plenty of laughs and is worth checking out if you enjoy crude humor.

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Most people have had issues with authority at some point. Whether it be a teacher, a parent, or a boss. Horrible Bosses displays the extreme of insane bosses. Director Seth Gordon has also been behind the camera for Four Christmases. Thankfully, Horrible Bosses is miles better than the disaster known as Four Christmases. However, it could have ended up being just as much of a failure, although it pulled through.

Disgruntled buddies Nick, Kurt, and Dale can't leave their miserable jobs, so they cook up a creative strategy for eliminating each other's micromanaging and maniacal employers. Peculiar advice from con artist Motherf**ker Jones gets the scheme in motion, but the pals can't keep the wheels from flying off. The reason why there aren't very many hysterical comedies nowadays is due to the fact that a well-written script is actually needed. Good special effects cannot makeup for bad comedy in this genre. Horrible Bosses continues along the path of crude and dirty jokes, similar to successful movies such as Bridesmaids and The Hangover. A variety of opinions are sure to be expressed about the different bosses. Each of the three bosses has a different style of comedy that may or may not be appreciated by all. There are some scenes where the film drags a bit and the jokes aren't as consistent. For the most part though, Horrible Bosses has plenty of lines that are sure to make audiences laugh out loud.

The cast is actually quite good. The central actors are Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis. Even Jamie Foxx appears in a smaller role. Spacey is Dave Harken, the most psychotic boss of the trio, and does fine with the role. Farrell performs Bobby Pellitt, an insensitive tool. I didn't even recognize him at first, but delivers a great performance. Aniston is entertaining as Dr. Julia Harris and conveys one of her better performances over the past few years, although that isn't saying very much. The trio Bateman, Day, and Sudeikis all are decent. There aren't any ground-breaking performances, but they are acceptable and generally stronger than the majority of the comedies currently being released.

Oh, how I'm glad that R-rated comedies are still being released. Horrible Bosses isn't the strongest comedy to come out in the past few years, but offers several scenes that are memorable. I was entertained from start to finish as I fully enjoyed the film. The humor is hit and miss, but enough of it is spot on to deserve the rating I'm giving it. Horrible Bosses has plenty of laughs and is worth checking out if you enjoy crude humor.

My Rating = Four Stars

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