Prepare for a cinematic cross-body! Let it be known that El Jefe de Santo shall take any and all comers on, be it in the squared circle, or the cinema. This week our hero takes on the ensemble comedy "Horrible Bosses". See the bone crunching details inside!
There are few universal truths that resonate more with the everyday consumer of cinema more than a portrayal of a horrific boss. We've all had our experiences with a manager that, well, just isn't what we'd hope for. I've worked for a few in my time, and I've also put more than my share into Indian Death Locks. That's neither here nor there, though.
We have three equally terrible human beings in the role of management and they're doing their level best at making the lives of our heroes, played by Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis respectively, a living nightmare.
The first boss, Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey), is your typical Oxford button down pyscho. He is arrogant, in a high position of power at a trading firm and is just a humongous dick. He's been stringing along Nick (Bateman) for over eight years now with the slim hope of a promotion to senior vice president of sales. Not only do we get to hear this monster lay into Nick for being two minutes late, but also get him to drink a hearty glass of Scotch at 8:15 in the morning.
The second, Dr. Julia Harris (Aniston), is a dentist with a penchant for sexually harassing (to say the least) her dental assistant, Dale. He is a young man who, unfortunately, decided to relieve himself late at night on a playground and is now marked a sex offender. This was the only job he could get, and well, he clings to it despite the fact that Julia is out-and-out trying to rape him at times. I never thought I'd hear Jennifer Aniston say the things she uttered in this movie and frankly they were crass and damn hilarious.
The last boss, Bobby Pellit (Colin Farrell), is a real dumpster fire of a human being in that he not only does cocaine most of the day but is also an awful human being. Kurt (Sudeikis) has been the account manager for Pellit Chemical for years and has always been leary of Bobby. It isn't until an unfortnuate incident involving the senior Pellit that Bobby takes charge. His first task for Kurt? Fire the fat people and also that guy with the special chair with wheels.
The idea is soon introduced that, maybe, these bosses should bite the big one. It's an idea that has been toyed with numerous times in different cofigurations (Throw Momma From The Train, Strangers on a Train, etc) and it still can provide strong laughs.
The script is a bit uneven at times, but overall the supporting roles (Spacey, Aniston, Farrell, Foxx) are well played and each has great dialogue to toss around. It is raunchy and kind of racist, misogynistic, and even a bit homophobic, but honestly it still made me laugh a lot.
I'd say that the goal of the movie was to entertain and it did that well. If you do manage to miss this one in the theaters, though, give it a rent later this year. Well worth the time.