[Film Review] Horrible Bosses (2011)

Horrible Bosses poster

Title: Horrible Bosses
Year: 2011
Language: English
Country: USA
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Director: Seth Gordon
Michael Markowitz
John Francis
Jonathan M. Goldstein
Music: Christopher Lennertz
Cinematography: David Hennings
Jason Bateman
Charlie Day
Jason Sudeikis
Jennifer Aniston
Kevin Spacey
Colin Farrell
Jamie Foxx
P.J. Byrne
Donald Sutherland
Julie Bowen
Lindsay Sloane
Rating: 5.3/10

Too raunchy to be applauded and appreciated, this slapstick ragbag squeezes a whiff of middling laughters while all its characters are in deficit of credibility (compared with BRIDESMAIDS 2011). The film typifies that while possessing an engrossing notion, it falls short of imagination and practical measures to present it into a gleeful feature-length work, a filmmaker’s block? Surely it is.

The glistening cast presents a leading-star-playing-wacky-supporting-role pattern, passably attracts their most loyal groupies and also intrigues many non-comedy cinema-goers to witness the fervently hyped overturn of these stars. Quite a cunning move and ostensibly it has functioned (a worldwide gross $209,638,559 is purely stunning). Plot-wise, Jennifer Aniston’s section is too weak to be taken for granted, particularly for a hamster-ishly squeaky Charlie Day (she’s way out of his league, right?), nevertheless, this part is most laughable and refreshing. Kevin Spacey practically plays a main villain in it, 12 years after AMERICAN BEAUTY 1999, his second spring woefully has arrived yet, a full-out one-dimensional asshole simply cannot pay his dues. As for Colin Farrell, one should chuckle that he doesn’t own much screen time, his outfit is tellingly steals his thunder.

The film could have been more authentic (e.g. replace Aniston with some eye-broccoli cypher, excise the unfunny gags with ass-brush or anything relates the organ, don’t make Jason Sudeikis’s character a moronic sex-addict etc….), but pitifully the markets crammed with run-of-the-mill pictures (check the top 10 of the northern American box office at the rotten tomatoes last week, no single film was able to procure a fresh status, an after-awards-season syndrome?), which targets different audiences, even though for people who only looks for shallow laughter in the cinema, the film faintly undercuts its audience, mercifully not much. Should we expect a sequel? simply because of its ultra-appealing fodder, since we all aware that horrible bosses are ubiquitous among our species.

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