*Horrible Bosses (R)
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At some point, your boss is bound to do something unfair, incompetent, lazy or just stupid. We've all been there, and director Seth Gordon and the makers of Horrible Bosses knew this when they tapped into our collective resentment for higher-ups with this bawdy, outrageous comedy.
You decide who has it worse: Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) works at a chemical company for a cokehead lunatic (Colin Farrell) who hates him and doesn't care about poisoning people with toxic waste; Nick (Jason Bateman) works for a passive-aggressive, psychotic manipulator (Kevin Spacey) who makes him work 12-hour days and hints at a promotion he never intends to give; and Dale (Charlie Day) is a dental assistant for Julia (Jennifer Aniston), who sexually harasses him every chance she gets.
Quitting is not an option, as the recession has made finding another job unlikely. So, on the strength of a few too many drinks and some dubious advice from an ex-con (Jamie Foxx), the guys devise a plan to kill their employers.
Why any guy in his right mind would deny Jennifer Aniston's advances I don't know, but damn if Dale doesn't pull it off. He's engaged, but also convincingly shows us how uncomfortable the unwanted advances make him. For her part, Aniston says and does some foul and disgusting things that are a welcomed far cry from her "Rachel" mode.
Farrell plays the most odious and peculiar person you can imagine, but even his character looks halfway decent when compared to Spacey's, who's simply a mean-spirited, nasty individual. All three villains are completely over the top, and played perfectly.
Bateman, Sudeikis and Day's chemistry is strong, with fun, easy banter, helping make Horrible Bosses a rarity in that the story holds together throughout while just about every joke, quip, one-liner and physical gag works. Contrary to the film's quiet buzz, it could be summer's surprise hit.