Director: Seth Gordon
Writers: Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein
Principal cast: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Fox
Release date: 22nd July 2011.
Aggrieved employees Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis plan the ultimate revenge against their overbearing managers by hiring hit man and self titled murder consultant Jamie Fox to train them in the dark art of homicidal revenge.
Seth Gordon’s very black and adult orientated comedy arrives as a welcome change amidst the current barrage of blockbusters and revolves around a revenge plot that allows for some very borderline humour (albeit how the film passed for a 15 certificate is a wonder given some of the explicit verbal content).
The villainous trio of abusive bosses come in the form of Kevin Spacey’s shark like sales director (surely now carving out an alternative career for himself by playing steely and unlikeable pantomime villains), Jennifer Aniston’s sexually predatory dentist and Colin Farrell’s politically incorrect and brilliantly named Bobby Pellitt (complete with sleazy combover and beard).
Thrown into the mix is a darkly comedic take on Hitchcock’s seminal thriller Strangers on a Train (1951) as each of the friends agree to bump off their opposite number’s boss with some hilarious repercussions.
Some critics have already panned the comedy based on artistic merit and narrative, but let’s face it, Horrible Bosses is first and foremost a revenge comedy based at creating laughs whilst releasing that pent up emotion of the workplace that everyone has felt at least once in their life.
And witnessing the constant laughter provoked throughout the screening at which I attended, the film certainly provides the comedy.
Extremely black, adult and sharp in it’s humour, Horrible Bosses simply accomplishes what it set out to do, provide some classy razor sharp comedy and enjoyable entertainment.
But let’s just hope it does not induce a copycat craze in real life. Recommended.