August 20, 2011

#136: Horrible Bosses

A couple weeks ago for my birthday we decided to visit the cinema to see Horrible Bosses. When I saw the trailer for this movie a few months ago I had high hopes. It looked like it could be the best summer comedy of 2011. I enjoyed Bridesmaids a lot, but I didn't find it all that funny. Hangover 2 seemed like it was a flop. I never saw it, but when it comes out on dvd I will form my own opinion. I was holding out hope for   to come out on top.

The plot is pretty ridiculous. Three friends are all having trouble at work and they decide each of their lives would be much better if their bosses were dead. After a little bit of shopping the assassin market they decide to get the job done themselves. Each one would take another's boss so as to not be traced back to the murder. With sheer stupidity and veiled racism they go about blundering through the whole deal obviously making a mess of everything.

There are a lot of gags in this film that made me laugh. Seeing as laughter is the main goal of any comedy it succeeded in that respect. They spend too much time trying to make the plot work and building to the twist at the end when there was no need. The funny stuff barely moved the plot of the movie on as it was. They should have just kept the stupid gags coming and stopped trying to have it make sense. I rarely say that in a movie, but here I could always feel the awkwardness of moving things forward. Regardless, it is a fun film that is enjoyable to watch and you don't have to think about at all.

The three bosses are played really well by Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, and Colin Ferrell. Seeing as they are the titular characters I would liked to have seen even more of them. The main 3 are good as well. I always like Bateman and Charlie Day is fun. I'm not a fan of Jason Sudeikis though. His acting was fine but something about him creeps me out. I didn't find him likable at all in this film. I also thought his jokes were the weakest.
Horrible Bosses didn't transcend the comedy genre like I might have hoped, but it was still a good time. I don't feel the need to watch it again when it comes out on dvd. I'm not remembering a lot of rewatchablity here. I don't think it would be nearly as funny the second time around. But it is worth seeing.

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