In a more than dry summer release at Hollywood, amidst the vast number of summer failures only a handful, literally only a handful of movies of 2011 summer will remain with us as entertainment for the masses. Clearly almost on Par with Todd Phillips is Seth Gordon in his progressive directorial “Horrible Bosses”.
Nick, Charlie & Kurt ; 3 young men pursuing the real American dream of making a life and leaving behind a legacy for their next generation unfortunately has 3 of the worst possible bosses anyone of us of could dream of. A psycho, A man-eater & a tool in the order of Harken, Dr. Julia & Bobby Pellit. Working for these 3 monsters becomes extremely frustrating and in a drunken state Nick, Charlie & Kurt suggests that killing them would be the only way out of misery. Although they completely treat it as a conversation one would have after a few beers, certain incidents leads them to take it to the next level. The 3 adamant men with the assistance of Gregory (The Navigation system of the VW Kurt drives) set out in search of the meanest bar in the most dangerous part of the city to find a HITMAN!
Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis & Charlie Day, this is the WOLF PACK in this side of town I would say. I am not quite sure how they do it, but they work with each other brilliantly. Bateman who is calm in his (Just as in Arrested Development) Sudeikis with his Alpha male ego & Day in his hyperactive state compliments each other stunningly well. Jamie Foxx clears it over the ropes as the hit man from the dark alleys of town ;) … Kevin Spacey in his aura of vanity, Jennifer Aniston who can still pull off the sexy dentist with a performance that surpasses “Just Go with It” from earlier this year & Colin Farrell as the crack head boss who is fantastic in his support role. My personal overall favorite was Charlie Day, all you readers watch out for this guy, he is pure concentrated laughter with a touch of Steve Carell in his style if I may so without offending Charlie day in any way for his talent.
A great movie is a collaboration of the cast & crew. A director with a vision a writer with the passion and the cast with talent! Every now & then we see these traits together in certain productions, I have personally seen such this summer as I am certain you readers too have. Director Seth Gordon who surprised me with “Horrible Bosses” in making it such a successful comedy has spent more time on TV screens than the wide silver screens of Hollywood. Bringing his experience and sharing his talent and lifting his career through to the next level of directing through this production is wise. So here I have my director with a vision. Now for my writer with a passion Michael Markowitz whose brain child “Horrible Bosses” is, very smart and unique school of thought from all those that we see today. As for the cast with talent you have already met them!
A tough one; the easiest way to pass judgment on this would be to benchmark it with the worldwide hit “The Hangover”. Maybe fall short of 10 spine cracking laughs but clearly and firmly will stand at number 2 for a long time!
Title: Horrible Bosses
Directed by: Seth Gordon
Starring: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell & Jennifer Aniston
Rated: R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language and some drug material