Release year: 2011
Director: Seth Gordon
Screenwriter: Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein
Starring: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Lindsay Sloane
Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) are best friends and all have absolutely horrible bosses. Nick’s boss Mr. Harken (Kevin Spacey) works him hard with promise of a promotion that never comes, Kurt actually likes his boss, untill he dies and his insane coke-sniffing son (Colin Farrell) takes over and Dale’s (Charlie Day) boss Dr. Harris (Jennifer Aniston) makes constant sexual advances towards him. One drunken evening the men gets to disussing, both how Dale’s boss doesn’t sound horrible to the others, but also how great it would be to kill their bosses and get rid of them once and for all.
Three horrible bosses and three men whose life are constantly made miserable by them. A great concept with obvious underdogs to root for, but where Horrible Bosses stand out the most is in it’s great cast. On the ‘good’ side we have Sudeikis (We’re the Millers, 2013), Bateman (The Switch, 2010) and Day (Pacific Rim, 2013) none of whom are strangers to comedy and who all easily create everyday guys with an ability to throw of lines with a straight face. But then on the ‘bad’ side we have Aniston (The Bounty Hunter, 2010), Farrell (In Bruges, 2008) and Spacey (American Beauty, 1999) who all clearly enjoy playing sleazy, mean and, well, horrible bosses making watching them a joy. You may not agree that being a terrible leader means you deserve to die, but watching the three hapless dudes attempt a life as criminals is entertaining anyway. With great characters like this, it is no wonder it spawned a sequel with Horrible Bosses 2 (2014).
To promote this film, Warner Bros. Pictures Canada set up a 12-foot Voodoo doll resembling a corporate boss in downtown Montreal. People were given the chance to vent their office frustrations on the doll by stabbing and hitting it with large needles. They were also encouraged to share their best/worst boss story for the chance of winning passes to an advance screening of the film.
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