Ever felt like running over your boss in the parking lot after work and blaming it on faulty brakes? “Accidentally” drop that huge CTR monitor on top of his head while he’s bending over to pick up a penny next to your cubicle? Well join the club. Everyone’s had horrible bosses in their career, or in my case, a couple of horrible bosses. Which is why the idea behind Seth Gordon’s “Horrible Bosses” is so cool. You can now indulge in your own boss killing fantasies in the comforts of your couch because as of today “Horrible Bosses” is available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download from Warner Bros.
For Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale Charlie Day), the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few too many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con, the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers…permanently. There’s only one problem: even the best-laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them.
Working sucks. Working for bosses that are either evil, a sexual predator, or a paranoid cokehead is even worse. Those are the three horrible bosses of Seth Gordon’s movie, as played by Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, and Colin Farrell, respectively. The three schmucks who must put up with them, the heroes of our tale, are Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, and Charlie Day. Of the three, you gotta figure that having a sexual predator in the form of Jennifer Aniston as your boss is probably the least offensive, but maybe that’s just the warm-blooded American male in me talking.
“Horrible Bosses” has a pretty simple premise — three guys, unable to tolerate their work circumstances any longer, decide to murder their respective bosses. To this end, they acquire the consultation of the very colorful Dean “MF” Jones (Jamie Foxx). I don’t suppose I have to tell you what “MF” stands for, do I? Mister MF’s advice? Kill each other’s bosses so no one will know it was them, since all three would fall under suspicion if they were to do the deeds themselves. It was in a movie once, after all, so it has to be fool-proof, right? That’s good enough for these guys.
“Horrible Bosses” has the premise and the actors to pull off a hilarious, raunchy comedy, and for the most part it comes dangerously close to being pretty good. Bateman, Sudeikis, and Day are all hilarious, three comedic actors that stroke most of their scenes. The script certainly gives them a lot to do, and the wacky situations they find themselves in are all appropriately outrageous. The bosses themselves are hit and miss. Farrell, with the addition of a faux gut and bad comb-over, is probably the most memorable of the trio, with Kevin Spacey as a dickhead exec falling most flat (probably because I know someone like this guy, so he wasn’t nearly cartoonishly evil enough for me) and Aniston’s “there goes my good girl image!” turn as Day’s sexually inclined boss so over-the-top that it’s hard to really take too seriously. Then again, watching Aniston get all potty mouth and deepthroating fruits in the comforts of her living room is certainly something you don’t see everyday. Reminded me a bit of Cameron Diaz’s raunchy turn in “Bad Teacher”, actually.
The Blu-ray Combo Pack arrives boasting a “Totally Inappropriate Edition” edition within, and offers you the theatrical version and an extended version that has 8 additional minutes. As with most comedies, the extra footage won’t change your opinion of the movie either way, and will either be 8 extra minutes of Tomfoolery to laugh with (if you liked the movie) or avoid (if you didn’t). You also get about 25 minutes of featurettes featuring mostly interviews with the cast and crew and 10 minutes worth of deleted scenes.