Steen: Laugh out loud at Horrible Bosses

Horrible Bosses

It’s my habit to write notes when watching the movies that I review—hard to do with Horrible Bosses as tears were running down my face, I was laughing so hard.

And by the sounds of it, so were many in the theatre.

This is not going to be for everyone, but if you’re a bit quirky, don’t mind some WAY off-color humour, like to LOL, and have had a least one (if fleeting) thought about wishing your boss would just disappear, this one’s for you.

The cast list reads like a who’s who (although maybe not the A list): Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Colin Farrel, Kevin Spacey, Charlie Day, Jamie Foxx, Seth Gordon and Michael Markowitz. And they all work so well together.

Can’t help but wonder just how long the filming took, because I can’t see any of these folks not laughing all the way through this. Look for at least one interesting cameo as well, and stay for the outtakes as the credits roll.

The three inept, but loveable characters, Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day) and Kurt (Sudeikis) try hard to eliminate their horrible bosses, until the absurd hilarity reaches it’s peak. Colin Farrel is brilliant as the coke head Bobby Pellitt and Spacey is perfect as Dave Harlen—probably the worst boss ever.

Jennifer Aniston, as the sex-crazed, cougar dentist with a potty mouth, is a hoot in a big departure from her usual bland roles.

Jamie Foxx, whose character name cannot even be printed here, is particularly good, and the list goes on. Everyone in the movie is crazy and we know it from the opening scene and that’s what makes it fun to watch.

There are too many laugh out loud scenes to mention, but the Hitman scene is one of the best.

One of the best movie quotes (and there were many): “You know, yours doesn’t sound that bad.”

So if you’re open to raunchy but not uncomfortably offensive humour, this is the one to see this week. Go with a few comedy loving friends and if you or they are working for less than stellar bosses, so much the better.

I’m giving this movie 4 reels. Bring Kleenex, it’s that funny.


Coming up and looking interesting:  Crazy Stupid Love, Another Earth (July 29) and for those of us who like our comic book characters on the big screen, Captain America July 22.

Please let me know if you have any preferences in what you would like me to see—and say hi if you see me at the movies.



Susan Steen is a movie buff in Kelowna.





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