Saturday, August 6, 2011
Horrible Bosses (2011)
Most recently I took my 14-year-old cousin to go see a screening of the new dark comedy, Horrible Bosses, in Santa Monica.
The film is a simple and pretty relatable story that almost every depressed employee who hates authority can connect with.
The film centers on three workers who are all friends (Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia). They all meet up at a bar every night after work and do nothing but complain about their bosses (played by Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell and an insanely hot Jennifer Aniston).
When the three workers begin to realize that their bosses are the ones standing in front of their happiness, they decide to, after a big night of heavy drinking, form a plan to off their bosses. But there's a twist. In order to keep the cops off their back and eliminate any motive they all may have, they decide to pull a Strangers on a Train/Throw Momma from the Train scheme and criss cross each other's murders so there's no connection.
But of course when it comes to murder and being an absolute idiot (which these guys obviously are), what CAN go wrong WILL go wrong.
Now I'd be lying if I said I DID NOT laugh out loud a few solid times throughout the viewing of this film, HOWEVER, I also had a huge amount of problems with it. For instance, the boss/assistant scenario with Charlie Day and Jennifer Aniston? She's playing this real aggressive nimphomaniac who is constantly trying to have sex with him? And he continues to refuse because he's engaged? Now ladies and gentlemen... this is JENNIFER ANISTON were talking about here... She, if you didn't know already, is an insanely beautiful woman with an even more insanely beautiful figure. I didn't buy that scenario for a second. A man can only resist for so long.
And Jason Bateman? I honestly do not understand people's fascination with this actor. He had one interesting performance as Michael Bluth in the short lived cult television series, Arrested Development, and ever since then he's done nothing but "walk through" crap. When I use the phrase, "walk through," it basically means an easy role that does not require any preperation, physical labor or any real, true point of view.
Anyway, Bateman has pretty much made a career out of playing the same tiresome character over and over again in every dog shit movie he headlines. Just a middle-aged neurotic man (sometimes married. sometimes not) who is always the 'straight' guy in the ridiculous comedic scenario he gets wrapped up in. That is no different for his role in Horrible Bosses.
Horrible Bosses surely has its strong points, but the whole film is so bloody uneven, it becomes quite annoying. Just when you think your going to start enjoying the film, something absolutely moronic and low brow occurs (i.e. Jason Sudeikis shoving his boss' toiletries up his rectum).
So with this all being said, if your looking for an uneven, sometimes humurous, sometimes ridiculous, kind of entertaining, wild ride of an okay film then... see Horrible Bosses???
"I prefer to think that God is not dead, just drunk."
- John Huston