Film (with rating): Horrible Bosses (R)
Warner Home Entertainment
Three working professionals conspire to murder their “horrible
bosses” when they realize these bullies are standing in the way of their
happiness and sanity.
Review: I watched
“Horrible Bosses” with a sense of apprehension. My past has a few
horrible bosses lurking in the dark corners of my memory. Not too many,
thankfully, but the few ass…terioids that did launch themselves into my orbit
left some large craters where they made contact with my terrestrial plane. So I
know the pain of having to show up every day at a job you need only to be
tortured by a boss who holds all the cards.
I mean, who hasn’t experienced this at some point in time? A
jerk of a boss? But what do most
of us do? Gripe, complain, drink too much, pocket some extra Post-it notes and
ballpoint pens, surf Facebook on company time? Who gets together with some pals
and arranges to kill people off? The guys in this film. Nick, Dale and Kurt
(Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis) can’t deal with their awful
bosses any longer, and so after a drunken night of fantasy, they arrange to
kill them off. And of course, what ensues is hysterically funny chaos.
Unfortunately, “Horrible Bosses” wasn’t as good as
I had hoped. Yes, it’s very funny. And yes, it’s good across the board. But
it’s not the-best-movie-ever-and-ever great. Day’s character, with his whiny
voice and stupidity, begins to annoy early on, and Sudeikis’ character is
totally unbelievable nine times out of 10. But Bateman is once again fantastic
in his role as the pinched and buttoned-up executive who finds himself at the
mercy of his evil boss day after day.
Speaking of evil bosses…..they made the movie, hands down.
Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell are absolutely brilliant as
the employee-destroying bosses. Spacey is just so smarmy, you want to shower
after watching a scene with him in it. Although I’m really not a fan at all of
Aniston, I have to admit she was perfect in this role as the sex-obsessed
dentist who sexually harasses Dale non-stop. And Farrell, sporting the world’s
worst comb-over, is horribly delightful. Or should I say delightfully horrible?
The writing is, more often than not, witty and quick, while
the fart jokes and physical humor are thankfully kept to a minimum. Some of the
one-liners, especially when delivered by Bateman or Aniston, are laugh-out-loud
funny. I’m thinking of the Dust Buster scene. Classic.
So even if you don’t have any horrible bosses in your
closet, you’ll still enjoy this flick. And if you are permanently scarred
thanks to the person who signed your paychecks? You’ll really enjoy it. Just
don’t get drunk with a couple of pals before watching it.
Additional scenes, or, for Blu-ray, the “My Least Favorite Career”
What to serve for dinner: Thai Peanut Chicken. Mwhahaha! (allrecipes.com).
2 cups uncooked white rice
tablespoons soy sauce
tablespoons creamy peanut butter
teaspoons white wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
tablespoons olive oil
skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into thin strips
tablespoons chopped garlic
1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger root
3/4 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cups broccoli florets
1/3 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts
Combine the rice and water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to
a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until
rice is tender. In a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, peanut butter,
vinegar, and cayenne pepper. Set aside.
Heat oil in a skillet or wok over high heat. Add chicken, garlic and
ginger, and cook, stirring constantly, until chicken is golden on the outside,
about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, and add green onion, broccoli, peanuts and the
peanut butter mixture. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes, or until
broccoli is tender, and chicken is cooked through. Serve over rice.
What to talk about over dinner: Who was the worst boss you’ve ever had? Why? Are
you a horrible boss? What’s the worst thing any boss ever did to you? Did you
ever fantasize about doing what these three guys did? Who was the most horrible
boss in the movie? How could Dale not have been so annoying? Who was the
funniest of the trio of friends? What was your favorite scene? What makes a
horrible boss, anyway? Are you afraid to go to the dentist now?