Cast: Jason Bateman,Jason Sudeikis,Charlie Day,Kevin Spacey,Jennifer Aniston,Colin Farrell,Jamie Foxx
Director: Seth Gordon
Indian Express Ratings:*1/2
Nick,Dale and Kurt have horrible bosses. A one-line premise is sought to be turned into a full-fledged movie which results in a slew of generic situations,with only a few sequences that make you laugh.
Nick ( Bateman) is a cog in a financial firms wheel,on the verge of promotion. Or so he thinks. His boss ( Spacey ) thinks different. He is insulting when hes not being downright nasty,just waiting to show Nick down. Dale ( Day) is a dental assistant being leered at by his boss ( Aniston),who is constantly and aggressively coming on to him. Kurt ( Sudeikis) has a good thing going at his place of work till his bossman drops dead one day and his dopehead son( Farrell) takes over and jumps all over him.
Three horrible bosses,three hapless fellows. How do you get rid of people whose only purpose in life is to make other people miserable? The film comes up with all kinds of alternatives ( one of which is a hilarious send-up of something called wet work and about the only genuinely funny gag ),hiring an assassin ( Foxx) who turns out to be a sharpie. But more often than not Horrible Bosses comes off as one of those comedies which feels more template than anything else. A while back,there was Bad Teacher. Then there were the Hangover flicks. All coasting on sexual jibes ( digs on the inadequacy of a poor guys ‘equipment),poorly disguised racist jokes,and flat situations.
Some of the performances are fun,though. Kevin Spacey as the mean old advertising man who is happy to string along a subordinate,is clearly enjoying himself. I liked Days squeaky dental assistant too,as well as Anistons nothing-below-the-dental-white-coat tigress take. And theres another well observed nuance of American life in here : a call centre assistant who is clearly ( at least to our ears) Indian but who goes by the name of George. Thats a good one,till it goes into a loop,and is not quite as funny the second time around. Also,just why is a film that released globally last year finding a theatre in India now?