Everyone has or has had that one boss that drives you crazy just because they can. Everyone with that kind of boss has fantasized ways of getting revenge either spitting in their morning coffee or quitting with a dramatic speech about how terrible they are but would you go as far as killing them? Nick Hendricks (Jason Bateman), Kurt Buckman (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale Arbus (Charlie Day) have all reached that point to murdering their bosses. Nick’s boss, Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey), takes a promotion promised for Nick as his own. Kurt’s boss, Bobby Pellit (Collin Farrell), is a drug addict and is running his father’s business to the ground. Last, Dale’s boss, Dr. Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston), sexually harasses him on a daily basis threatening his relationship with his fiancée. The three try to hire a hit man and find a bald tattoo headed psycho in a bar named Dean MF Jones (Jamie Fox). Jones wants to be hired to teach them how to kill their bosses rather than do it himself. Now the three have to figure out ways on how to do it. Are they driven and angry enough to pull it off? Will they get caught? Will one of the bosses them using self-defense?
I enjoyed this film very much. The way the three men try to kill each other’s bosses is so stupid it’s comical and accidentally clever. I thought the bosses did a great job at being an unlikable person, especially Kurt’s boss Bobby. Not only is Bobby a drug addict but he has terrible ideas on how to get money for himself using his father’s company as a cash bank. I think Jason Bateman should only do comedies; he is so much more enjoyable to watch. Whenever he plays a character in anything other than comedy like Smokin Aces is like a puzzle that doesn’t fit. I just laugh at the sound of Charlie’s voice and laugh harder when his octave rises during stressful situations in the film. Jason, I just like saying his last name. Jamie’s character is sort of dangerous but he’s more smart than dangerous in the way he manipulates the three desperate men. The film is all around fun and laughter. All in all, I will see this film again.