Directed by: Seth Gordon
Starring: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell
Sassi’s Star Rating: 3.5/5
Three awful bosses; three tired-of-being-abused employees; and a strange criminal mastermind with a bizarre name. The ingredients for Horrible Bosses are well crafted, with Kevin Spacey playing a malicious psycho, Jennifer Aniston an obsessive nympho, and a barely recognisable Colin Farrell as a tool. When you combine these with the brilliantly sardonic Jason Bateman, comic regular Jason Sudeikis, and cult comedian Charlie Day, you know you\’re in for laughs.
Most of us have had the misfortune of experiencing at least one of these horrible boss types in our working lives, which is what gives the film its resonance. While the global markets may be crumbling outside, inside the movie theatre at least we can all laugh at just how twisted a little power makes upper management. Of course, when the three employees decide that enough is enough, and consult with a local criminal on how to fire their bosses permanently, they come to the oh-so-logical decision to each kill each other\’s bossâ€”yet their lack of skills and training in the hit man department lets them down, and it all goes horribly, but hilariously wrong.
Horrible Bosses is a quality offering. The cast is stellar (it even has a small-but-delicious cameo from Donald Sutherland), the plot is topical and the performances are on the money. You can tell they had as much fun making this film as you\’ll have watching it, which was confirmed when we spoke to them at the Sydney premiere.
Charlie Day wasn\’t too convincing that his character actually had a horrible boss. When asked what it was like to have Jennifer Aniston as a nympho boss he replied: “It was fantastic! Are you kidding? No, I\’m a married man and I could understand that if that was a real situation, it would be pretty awful (laughs).” He was equally unable to confirm which of his cast-mates, Jason Bateman or Jason Sudeikis, he thought was funnier: “Oh, that\’s tough. Sudeikis is pretty hilarious all of the time, but Bateman, he\’ll kill you with a single line.”
Bateman was as understated in real-life as he is on screen, suggesting some bosses might want to be worried about this film: “Maybe, if they\’re bad bosses. But, the film does remind you that it\’s illegal to kill people (smiles). If you\’re a good boss you won\’t have to worry.”
Whereas Jason Sudeikis was gleeful at the thought that the film could send a message of revenge to any former bad bosses: “It could be seen as that but I didn\’t write the script. I really think it\’s just a fun movie, which sends a good message to bad bosses (laughs).” He was more thrilled to be working alongside one of his acting heroes: “American Beauty is one of my favourite films of all time, so working with Kevin Spacey was just a huge thrill.”
Â Horrible Bosses is in cinemas now.
Category: Film & TV