Horrible Bosses

Synopsis: For Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day), the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few too many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con, the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers…permanently. There’s only one problem: even the best-laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them.

Horrible Bosses 7.5

Once in a while you want to watch something that’s not too challenging: ideally, it should provide a few laughs along the way; if you’re lucky, it’ll be dumb enough to lose your mind and smart enough to lose yourself.

‘Horrible Bosses’ is such a film.

It’s not great cinema, none of it is anything outstanding, really, and you won’t clamour for a sequel. But it had its moments, if you can get beyond a couple sticking points:

Firstly, you have to be able to laugh at others’ discomfort: the three leads have bosses that make you wince with discomfort (even if it can be funny in a twisted way). Also, you have to have a high threshold for un-PC humour: I was astounded that the potential of rape can be considered good for a laugh (presumably because, in this case, it applies to men instead of women). Thirdly, you have to enjoy the notion of revenge: after all, if you have any qualms about characters seeking to eradicate their bosses, you shouldn’t be watching this.

The cast is decent enough, and their characters’ motivations are mostly within the realms of the believable. Even Jennifer Aniston’s outrageously improper boss was credible, when one understands her victim’s legal constraints (it still doesn’t explain his appeal, however). And, while there are plenty of times when things could go down a more logical route, suspension of disbelief isn’t particularly required – especially given the context. The direction is pretty plain, but nothing to complain about – it is a comedy, after all, not ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. Overall, it’s a decent quality film.

‘Horrible Bosses’ may not be a class act, fine art or an award winner, but it is certainly not a horrible film. The audience seemed to enjoy itself, in any case.

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