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Horrible Bosses (2011)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 8 July 2011 (USA)
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Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness.

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Seth Gordon

Writers:

Michael Markowitz (screenplay), John Francis Daley (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Bateman ... Nick Hendricks
Steve Wiebe ... Thomas, Head of Security
Kevin Spacey ... Dave Harken
Charlie Day ... Dale Arbus
Lindsay Sloane ... Stacy
Michael Albala ... Mr. Anderton
Jennifer Aniston ... Dr. Julia Harris, D.D.S.
Jason Sudeikis ... Kurt Buckman
Jennifer Hasty ... Kurt's Co-Worker
Reginald Ballard ... Kurt's Co-Worker
George Back George Back ... Kurt's Co-Worker
Barry Livingston ... Kurt's Co-Worker
Meghan Markle ... Jamie
Donald Sutherland ... Jack Pellit
Celia Finkelstein ... Margie Emerman
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Storyline

Nick hates his boss, mostly because he's expected to work from before sunrise to after sunset and his boss, Mr. Harken, calls him out for being a minute late and blackmails him so he can't quit. Dale hates his boss, Dr. Julia Harris, because she makes unwelcome sexual advances when he's about to get married. But Dale is on that pesky list of child offenders so he can't quit. Kurt actually likes his job and his boss, well, up until his boss dies and the boss's coked-out, psychopathic son takes over. But who would be crazy enough to quit their jobs in such poor economic times? Instead Nick, Dale and Kurt drunkenly and hypothetically discuss how to kill their bosses, and before they know it, they've hired a murder consultant to help them pull off the three deeds. Written by napierslogs

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Ever wish your boss were dead? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language and some drug material | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Horrible Bosses See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,302,165, 10 July 2011

Gross USA:

$117,538,559

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$209,838,559
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| (extended cut)

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Dolby Digital | SDDS | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Trivia

Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston starred together again as fake husband and wife in We're The Millers (2013). See more »

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The rear view mirror has been removed from the Toyota Prius. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nick Hendricks: I get to work before the sun comes up, and I leave long after it's gone down. I haven't had sex in 6 months with someone other than myself. And the only thing in my refrigerator is an old lime. Could be a kiwi, no way to tell.
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That's Not My Name
Written by Jules De Martino (as Julian de Martino) and Katie White
Performed by The Ting Tings
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Unoriginal, but well played and often funny
18 April 2015 | by RicktingSee all my reviews

Horrible Bosses is a dark comedy involving 3 friends who conspire to murder their 3 dreadful bosses. HB doesn't look too out of the ordinary, but surprisingly it works although it's far from perfect. A piece of commentary of the recession, which thankfully doesn't shove this point down your throat and keeps it as a subtle background theme, HB uses dark humour to get its laughs and initially it's difficult to get behind the 3 protagonists, but at the same time they are likable characters and the film goes in a different direction than what you're expecting. As the 3 leads, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis are entertaining and relatable, while Jamie Foxx makes his mark with a small but still memorable role as a criminal adviser. The 3 bosses are fairly 2 dimensional villains; Kevin Spacey is very good and his character is an entertainingly horrible boss, but Jennifer Anniston's character is too exaggerated while Colin Farrell's character is both too exaggerated and wasted. Suffering occasionally from the mean spirited, OTT jokes which often plague adult comedies, HB also occasionally takes plot turns which just don't make any sense.

HB is still funny though, and with a neat running time it's a story you can get invested in without having to pay too much attention. Many of the jokes are funny and a scene involving an assassin who turns out not to be an assassin is very funny. A certain aspect of the ending is illogical, although the conclusion is still satisfying. It's well directed and the screenplay is mostly well written and manages to be funny instead of mean spirited. The Hangover this ain't, but HB is an effective and fitfully nourishing comedy which delivers on the laughs, doesn't run out of steam and manages to keep you guessing about what's going to happen next. It won't cater to all tastes and some will inevitably find offensive. Personally, I think it's pretty offensive at times, but only in a silly, jokey way. Overall, the film is fairly safe and standard in some ways, and doesn't do anything we haven't seen before but not every film needs to be an innovator. Overall, I enjoyed Horrible Bosses. Might try the sequel despite the poor reviews.

7/10


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