Director: Seth Gordon
Studio: New Line Cinema
The week’s obligatory R-rated (for raunchy) comedy, Horrible Bosses, brings the funny. Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day play friends stuck with such despicable bosses (slimeball Kevin Spacey, cokehead Colin Farrell and predatory sexpot Jennifer Aniston, respectively) that they consult an ex-con hitman (Jaimie Foxx, in a funny cameo) to exterminate them before deciding to "swap murders" and do the dirty deeds for each other.
The movie, directed for snap and belly laughs by Seth Gordon from a script by Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, throws into a Cuisinart a bit of Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train, some Nine to Five and a whole lot of The Hangover. Nobody in the talented, likeable cast—not even Farrell with a bald cap and a comb-over—busts out into whole-new comic territory, although Day and Aniston (looking ridiculously hot as the predatory dentist) are especially good.
Still, the movie is enjoyably, predictably raucous and rude and the none-too-swift Bateman-Sudeikis-Day trio get a great, improvisational group buzz going, so, believe it, you’re going to hear some of these lines of dialogue repeated. Often. With its comic chemistry and salty humor, Horrible Bosses is a good mid-summer time-waster and heat-buster.
About the Author
Playboy Contributing Editor Stephen Rebello has written many Playboy Interview and 20 Questions features. He is the author of such books as the notorious Bad Movies We Love (with Edward Margulies) and Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, the latter of which has inspired a dramatic feature film set for production in 2011. His most recent Playboy Interviews include Josh Brolin and Cameron Diaz.