This summer has its usual amount of popcorn blockbuster sequels, superheroes and science fiction, but it could also be called the Summer of Bad.
We have already seen bad Bridesmaids, bad Hangovers and even a Bad Teacher but now we go from bad to horrible.
Horrible Bosses sees Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell as the title characters and Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis as the employees who are mad as hell and just can’t take it anymore.
Bateman’s boss (Spacey) is a manipulative and underhanded executive, Day’s boss (Aniston) is a sexually aggressive dentist and Sudeikis’ boss (Farrell) is an amoral cocaine-addicted chemical company manager. The three friends conspire to murder their disrespectful bosses and even hire a murder consultant (Jamie Foxx) to help them commit the deed. However, the result is nothing less than disastrous.
Directed by Seth Gordon (Four Christmases), Horrible Bosses is rated 14A with a warning of coarse and sexual language.
And the summer of bad behaviour is not done yet. Bad Teacher is still going strong in theatres (it was No. 3 last weekend and opens at the Capitol in West Kelowna this weekend).
Coming soon, Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis play Friends with Benefits on July 22; Bateman stars with Ryan Reynolds in the body-switching crude comedy The Change-Up on Aug. 5 and Paul Rudd is Our Idiot Brother coming on Aug. 26.
If you are looking for silly slapstick that is a little more family friendly (with talking animals), check out Zookeeper. Kevin James is an amiable but lonely zookeeper who has always been more comfortable with a lion than a lady. When he decides to get a life and leave the zoo, the animals decide to break their code of silence and reveal their biggest secret—they can talk. Now they won’t shut up and are giving him dating tips to help him win the girl of his dream and keep him as part of the zoo.
James co-produces with friend Adam Sandler, who also lends his voice to a Capuchin Monkey. Other voices include Sylvester Stallone, Nick Nolte, Don Rickles and Cher. The live actors include Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb, Donnie Wahlberg and Ken Jeong. Directed by Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy and Click), Zookeeper is rated General with no warning.
For movie buffs lamenting the dearth of westerns, The Mountie may be your kind of summer movie. Filmed in Whitehorse, it is the story of a lone member of the North West Mounted Police who is sent to a northern outpost to clean up the crime and corruption. He soon learns of the extent of illegal activity and prepares to take the perpetrators down one by one in the most vicious showdown the town has ever seen.
Rated PG with a warning of violence and drug use, check it out this week at the Paramount Theatre.
Rick Davis is the manager of the Capitol Theatre in West Kelowna.