Entertaining comedy: crude and dark with extremely graphic dialogue

2011-07-25 00:00

THE premise of Horrible Bosses is fairly simple: three best friends conspire to kill their respective psychotic, drug-addicted and abusive bosses in the style of Strangers on a Train. The film follows their unsuccessful attempt to find a hit-man and disastrous missions of reconnaissance after they decide to do the job themselves.

Great actors from television comedy form the principal cast — Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live), Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Jason Bateman (Arrested Development). The film also features a wealth of talent in its supporting cast of Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Foxx, all of whom turn in wonderful performances in roles quite different from what one has come to expect from them.

Aniston takes a hilarious dark turn as a man-eater who sexually harasses her assistant. The star of the film is undoubtedly Day, a relatively unknown actor who has a bright future ahead of him after this performance.

While Horrible Bosses is in the same mould as The Hangover and Bridesmaids, the film goes above and beyond, possibly becoming the front-runner of this type of genre. A constant stream of comedy and solid characters make the film seemingly fly by, to the credit of a well-paced script that keeps you riveted with its many twists and turns in the plot.

Horrible Bosses is crude. It’s a dark comedy whose moral compass definitely does not point north. The film does not make use of innuendo and double entendres — instead the dialogue is extremely graphic, warranting its 16 age restriction.

The combination of a deplorable premise and an irreverent tone results in an incredibly entertaining film.

If I may offer a piece of advice, I suggest you watch Horrible Bosses with a group of friends and enjoy some good laughs. Don’t watch it with your parents, grandparents or worse — your in-laws — you’re just asking for death by cringe. ****

 

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