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Horrible Bosses - Movie Review


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4 stars

Horrible Bosses, in my opinion, is the real sequel to The Hangover.  It captures the same loose spirit and outlandish antics of that film and is just as hysterically mental without getting insincere and insulting toward its audience. It’s also a simple concept – three friends try to kill their bosses – that is compounded by a spiraling of cause-and-effect events of one out of control night.  Full of straightforward and incredibly funny performances, Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day’s skewed-logic gets as twisted as a winding road as they try to free themselves from their work-related frustrations.

Spurred on by a drunken conversation, three friends decide the only way to survive in daily life is to kill their annoying bosses. Buttoned-down office slave and executive, Nick Hendricks (Jason Bateman), finds himself out-smarted for a work promotion by his own boss, the tight-assed Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey).  Dorky dental assistant Dale Arbus (Charlie Day) finds himself facing sexual harassment issues on a daily basis thanks to his sexually-overcharged maneater of a boss, Dr. Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston). And womanizer Kurt Buckman (Jason Sudeikis) finds himself insulted by the barrage of ridiculous requests from his new boss, the cocaine-fueled Bobby Pellitt (Colin Farrell).

Desperate and offended, the friends seek out the guidance from their $5,000 murder consultant, one MF Jones (Jamie Foxx), and try to handle the assignation of the pains in their collective asses on their own. While consequences certainly spiral out of control, the story never once loses focus in its goal of making audience members laugh at and laugh with.  The extremes of their adventures aren’t entirely gratuitous, but they are hysterical and, watching Sudekis stick his boss’s toothbrush down his butt crack, not without identifiable merit.

Directed by Seth Gordon (of the underrated Four Christmases) and written by John Francis Daley, Johnathan M. Goldstein and Michael Markowitz, Horrible Bosses works due to its handling of the absurd in daily life. Sure, the bosses become cartoonish by the end of the picture, but the muscled performances from Sudekis, Bateman, and especially Day keep the picture from resting solely upon a predictably moronic, vulgar and juvenile storyline. The chemistry working behind the three leading men (all earned their comedic wings on television by the way) is insanely natural and well-crafted making this film scary in its relatability and a whole lot of popcorn fun.

With frenetic lines harkening back to Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train and scenes of terrific improvisation, Horrible Bosses survives its primal urges to kill thanks to a range of performances that span the gulf between normal and absurd.  It’s not the smartest of comedies and it doesn’t have to be due to those fun performances. You might feel a little drag in the pacing from time to time (and maybe that’s a gentle narrative tug telling you that the writers didn’t go far enough with the consequences of their killing-spree), but Horrible Bosses energy as a twisted comedy is enough to never overstay its welcome.

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Horrible Bosses - Movie ReviewMPAA Rating: R For crude and sexual content, pervasive language and some drug material
Director: Seth Gordon
: Michael Markowitz
Jason Bateman; P.J. Byrne, Steve Wiebe; Kevin Spacey; Charlie Day; Jennifer Aniston; Jason Sudeikis
Genre: Comedy
Memorable Movie Quote:
"At least your boss isn't sexually harassing you."
Is your boss a slave-driving psycho?.
New Line Cinema
Official Site:
Release Date: July 8, 2011
Blu-ray Release Date:
October 11, 2011

Plot Synopsis: Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness.

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Horrible Bosses - Blu-ray Review

Component Grades

Blu-ray Disc
4 stars

2 stars

Blu-ray Experience
3 Stars


Blu-ray Details:

Available on Blu-ray - October 11, 2011
Screen Formats: 2.40:1
: English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; French: Dolby Digital 5.1; Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1; Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
Discs: 50GB Blu-ray Disc; Three-disc set (2 BDs, 1 DVD); UV digital copy; DVD copy; BD-Live
Playback: Region-free

The 1080p AVC-encoded video transfer from Warner Bros is pretty solid. The colors are warm and a bit overly saturated, but solid enough throughout. The black levels are consistent and rich but never dominate during the many night scenes of plotting and partying. The skin tones are perfect with every wrinkle and pore on display from its cast. Banding and artifacing were not noticed, but there is a heavy bit of film grain still on display from the source material. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track is a bit front-loaded (like every other comedy), but does its job without any bells and whistles.



  • None

Special Features:

The Totally Inappropriate 3-Disc Edition of Horrible Bosses comes packed with two versions of the film, a DVD copy of the theatrical version, and a digital copy to boot.  The extended edition of the film features 8 extra minutes of raunchy and indulgent comedy that, while funny, strains the leanness of the preferred theatrical version.  As far as the supplemental material is concerned there are some fun segments that feature the cast talking about their worst jobs ever.  There’s also a pretty robust blooper reel that will quickly have you clutching your sides.  When the only real film-related material has to do with your soundtrack, you know there’s really nothing but fluff to walk through.

  • My Least Favorite Career (5 min)
  • Surviving a Horrible Boss (7 min)
  • Being Mean is So Much Fun (7 min)
  • The Making of the ‘Horrible Bosses’ Soundtrack (6 min)
  • Deleted Scenes (10 min)

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