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Horrible Bosses: Movie Review

Genre: Comedy
Rated: R
Directed by: Seth Gordon

Starring: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Donald Sutherland
Released by: New Line Cinema/Warner Bros.

In Short: Plenty of laughs fuel this three-buddy comedy that feeds on every downtrodden worker's dark fantasy of murdering the boss.

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It's Harder Than It Looks!

There's a lot of funny stuff in "Horrible Bosses," starting with the three loathsome employers that spur the movie's three downtrodden protagonists to contemplate murder.

Kevin Spacey is the craziest boss of the bunch, a ruthless businessman named Dave Harken who routinely crushes his minions' spirits, steals their ideas and even resorts to a bit of nasty blackmail. His employee is Nick Hendricks, the super-hard-working second in command who cannot catch a break. Jason Bateman, who plays Nick, is terrific as usual. 

Colin Farrell, with a paunch and a bad comb-over that makes him almost unrecognizable, is the second bad boss. As Bobby Pellitt, the owner of a small manufacturing company, he's so despicable that we're practically cheering for him to get the ax (literally!) from his good-guy employee Kurt Buckman ("Saturday Night Live" star Jason Sudeikis).

Charlie Day and Jennifer Aniston in Horrible Bosses Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day and Jason Bateman in Horrible Bosses

And a dark-haired Jennifer Aniston plays the third, as Dr. Julia Harris, a filthy-mouthed and completely inappropriate dentist who relentlessly sexually harasses her assistant Dale Arbus (Charlie Day, from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'). She's really awful and very funny in every scene she's in, and we guarantee you may never let a dentist use gas on you ever again after seeing her shenanigans.

The set-ups of the three twisted boss-employee relationships are filled with funny moments, but when high-school pals Hendricks, Buckman and Arbus reach their collective wits' end and decide to murder their tormentors, the laughs come on strong. Jamie Foxx gives a great turn as the possible hit man they try to hire, and the three bumbling would-be killers propel the homicidal action merrily, at times with a nod to "The Three Stooges," at others with the comic feel of "The Hangover."

"Horrible Bosses" is the kind of summer escape that will make you snicker, chuckle and laugh out loud. Most importantly, by the time the credits roll you'll feel a wash of relief that your boss is nowhere near as bad as the three that propel the action in this enjoyable comedy caper.


Reviewed by Jenny Peters


(Updated: 07/08/11 CT)

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