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Horrible Bosses

Published December 17, 2011

Horrible Bosses

Film info

  • Title Horrible Bosses
  • Director Seth Gordon
  • Year 2011
  • Run time 1hr 38m
  • Genres Crime, Comedy
  • Tagline Ever wish your boss was dead?

For Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day), the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few too many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con, the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers... permanently. There’s only one problem: even the best-laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them.

Background Info

I wasn’t at all convinced about this one. The trailer made it look like an interesting enough comedy - at least not a romcom for a change. I’ve quite liked Jason Bateman in previous things we have watched but I don’t know the other two. I was worried about Jennifer Aniston’s character too - people aren’t really allowed to mess with my impression of Friends.

Live Blog

TimeComment

0:51 - What state does your lime have to be in to resemble a Kiwi fruit? 4:20 - “Anyone who hates their job has no one to blame but themselves.” Oh dear. 5:51 - They are, like, the complete opposite of lower thirds. 8:07 - Eight fifteen in the morning! 10:24 - That man’s voice is really high. 13:09 - Even if he wasn’t the evillest boss ever, I wouldn’t like him because of his yellow tie. 17:02 - “This is just an ATM to me.” 20:33 - High fives! 25:34 - iPad in actual use in a film. Bet they never thought the gallery would be used for that. 30:00 - The guns they screw together are the coolest things. I am so on board with these guys. 31:37 - It’s Gruffudd again!!! OMG! Also, he is rrrrubbish at hiding his Welsh accent. 36:06 - Bidness. 44:08 - That’s proper hardcore pulling a sicky, that is. 44:36 - “It’s on like Donkey Kong.” Don’t you get sued for saying that? 54:18 - Angry Birds too? Product placement alert. 1:00:47 - “It’s a murder, not a cocktail party.” This movie is pretty quotable. 1:04:58 - Woah!! 1:10:29 - Drag racing in a Prius. That’s a thought. 1:11:57 - That was an excellent high five. I have envy. 1:17:33 - I would be like that at a surprise party too. 1:23:39 - There are downsides to the whole Ford Sync kinda thing then. 1:24:51 - You can’t resist catch! 1:27:07 - Gregory!!

Conclusions

I’ll be honest, my notes for this film are pretty rubbish. I didn’t like the start very much - it was all quite obnoxious, loads of swearing and horrible people (bosses!). But, as soon as they started on their mission, it got a million times better. I pretty much started laughing and didn’t stop. As I tweeted moments after watching it:

https://twitter.com/#!/mrschristine/status/147830274082881538

The three of them, their interactions, and the situations they found themselves in were completely ridiculous but importantly, not all that predictable. I just… loved it. There aren’t enough words. My notes are bad because the start was poor but the second half was so good I was laughing too much to think of anything sensible to say.

There are a few clips out and about on the interwebs, but I’m not sure they’re completely representative out of context. Here’s one anyway.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7napOeFUEE

I may have to watch it again.

**Rating: **55

Rating: 5 / 5

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