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Horrible Bosses

Horrible Bosses
Jason Bateman, Kevin Spacey, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx and Jason Sudeikis

Rated: R 
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: July 7, 2011 Released by: New Line Cinema

With all the attributes of the worst possible bosses the three long suffering working heroes Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis reach the breaking point and begin to think of the Hitchcock thriller Strangers on a Train.  
It's Spacey playing his most obnoxious and violent out of control self who pushes the dedicated Bateman. taking every advantage and grabbing all the benefits for himself.   Spacey is great at this action.   Sudeikis has a great spot until the untimely death of Donald Sutherland and the business falls into the hands of son Colin Farrell who uses it as a playboy shop and plans to destroy all that his father and Sudeikis have built.   Charlie Day is in a little different situation, his boss D.D.S, Jennifer Aniston wants sex from him when ever she can corner him.   He is a young man in love and has no interest in his sexy boss who constantly presents herself to him in compromising situations.  
Jennifer Aniston as a sexual harasser is probably not so tough to take on the part of the guys watching this film.   The situation probably would have been better comedy if she were not so attractive.   Imagine a boss who weighs in at 300 pounds pushing in the same way.   That would be comedy.   Aniston is effective in her role but she probably adds more to the interest of the male viewer as a sex object herself than the predator.
With all that background we might expect the script to progress fairly straight forward toward the attempted removal of the Horrible Bosses, but writers Michael Markowitz and John Francis Daley are not willing to let us off that easily.  
The writers twists us all around the territory.   Sudeikis maneuvers best, given a chance for a quick moment in the bathroom with Spacey's wife he can't resist, even when he is the one who has the device which can save the trio from being charged with the murder of Colin Farrell.  Yes, he is eliminated almost as a bonus for the boys.
In a wonderful comic part as Dean Jones (nick name MF) to make him appear tough, Jamie Foxx leads the boys around using their $5000 as they search for an assassin for the three bosses.  
Without throwing peanuts around Charlie Day saves the life of one of the bosses and the three act more like The Three Stooges than the professionals they are playing.   But they play the parts straight even when the situations are wildly beyond reality and that allows us to snicker and laugh as we enjoy Horrible Bosses and the three underlings who this film is about.  

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