Horrible Bosses

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All-star black comedy about three friends (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis) who have despicable, overbearing bosses (Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell with an awesome comb over and Jennifer Aniston) that make their lives miserable. They decide to do the reasonable thing and murder them.

With the help of "murder consultant" Jamie Foxx, they devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers. One problem: even the best laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them. 

Comedy films have two options: keep the gags coming so fast there’s no time to get bored (Airplane, Scary Movie), or make people care so much they won’t mind when the laughs dry up. Treading a similarly tricksy path to the classic Office Space, Seth (The King Of Kong) Gordon’s latest manages both in some style.

Adult without being crass, goofy without being stupid, Bosses is one of the funniest films of the year. Bateman is a businessman busting his guts for a promotion he’s not going to get, thanks to the repellent Kevin Spacey. Day is a dental assistant (and registered sex offender – you’ll find out why) getting sexually harassed by a vampish Jennifer Aniston. Sudeikis, meanwhile, has to cope with a coked-up, comb-overed Colin Farrell instructing him to "trim the fat" (fire the overweight – or pregnant). You can probably guess which of them gets the least sympathy.

With all three baddies riffing brilliantly on their public personas, plus great cameos from Jamie Foxx and Ioan Grufford, it’s a packed programme. As well as lots of funny – if largely unrepeatable – dialogue, and witty observations (when you arrange a pay-off, who buys the briefcase?), the leads’ banter has an agreeably loose, Anchorman-ish feel that makes them seem like old friends. Because they so obviously like each other, you’ll like them too – something that earns the film so much comedy mileage it’ll keep you, laughing, in your seat until the end of the blooper reel.

A.V. Club

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In the film's funniest scene, a coked-up Day rocks out to The Ting Tings' "That's Not My Name" in a car in a state of ecstatic frenzy.

Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)

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Funny and dirty in about that order.

Empire (UK)

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These bosses cannot justify either murder or lasting comic memories, fatally compromising a farce that could have been great but ends up merely mediocre.

Hollywood Reporter

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The lameness of the gags and dialogue and the film's frequent deep dives for the bottom at the expense of real comedy speak to desperation in Hollywood to figure out the audience for contemporary naughty comedy.

New York Times

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The laughter is mean but also oddly pure: it expels shame and leaves you feeling dizzy, a little embarrassed and also exhilarated, kind of like the cocaine that two of the main characters consume by accident.

NZ Herald (Jacqueline Smith)

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Gordon's cast of big names help cover some gaping holes in the plot. Distracted by Aniston's new femme fatale persona, and how a well-oiled comb-over renders Farrell barely recognisable, audiences can ignore the odd over-explained joke, under-explained tangent, and the fact that just as the story starts to crumble, the Indian call centre guy saves the day.

Otago Daily Times

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Spacey, Farrell and Aniston are a blast as the horrible bosses.

Total Film (UK)

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Frantic, funny and packed full of big names behaving badly – Ioan Gruffudd, OMG...

Variety (USA)

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The manner in which the central scheme plays out is predictably moronic, vulgar and juvenile, though the parties involved just about make up for it.

Dominion Post

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Tired at the end of a long week, I laughed myself stupid at it. You probably will too.
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Boring as hell....

Rented this movie on the basis of all the good reviews here. Sigh yet another boring as hell comedy, totally disappointed.


Something missing

I agree with the other reviews...I watched this with high expectations, especially with all the big names. It was humerous, a bit of a laugh here and there. Jason Bateman is funny with his serious look and he doesn't even have to speak. However, something was missing from this movie...I can't quite put my finger on it, the 'laugh out loud' factor was missing.


3thumbs up!!! (if I had a third)

the Boss from Hell? give them what they want & they'll leave you alone. YEAH RIGHT!. A good throw back for the model employee to watch.


Great laughs all the way

Loved liked it funny


Great names doesnt mean great movies

With all the famous names you would think this would be a movie well worth watching its not a bad movie but its definately one you shouldnt spend your money on instead wait till it shows on sky or free tv then the only person that stands out is Jason bateman who really has improved a lot in recent years


Jason Bateman - Awesome, Charlie Day - Awesome.. who the hell is Jason Sudeikis?

I went into this film expecting to love it. I came out liking it.

Several of my favourite actors: Bateman and Day and some other guy.

This movie is entertaining, there is no doubt about that but i couldn't help but feel that a lot of the jokes were merely cheap attempts at humour. Come on Seth Gordon. You brought us the King of Kong! You can do better than this!

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Funny, but not always hilarious.

somewhat lame, use of the crude, albeit funny crude, a poor subsitiute for real humour, and from a real star line-up too!!


Up there with the very good ones!

Laughed all through the movie. Great cast and well worth the price of admission.


Loved Jen but felt, like I was comparing to Hangover and Bridesmaids

Maybe I was expecting too much.

I loved Jens character to the bones, so funny. Good on a star like her, taking a risk with this character - her character was brilliant.

As was all the horrible bosses. And the three dudes.

I think I just was too eagerly awaiting the next laugh.

Plus these days comedy attempts to follow the likes of the hangover.

You got the token (LANGUAGE ALERT) douchebag character

Out of everyone else, you get a mix of likeable guys, successful guys, chick driven guys - it mixes around the depth of the (LANGUAGE ALERT)douchebag.

I find I am always comparing these movies to the hangover and find I am not laughing as hard as I expected to.

However it was hillarious at times. I think I suffered from the surmounting anticipation - the longer you wait for movies you think will be great, the more likely it doesn't meet your expectations.

My friends loved it, but they weren't expecting as much as me.

I think I should've seen it when it was initially released rather than building it up in my head overtime.


Loved it!!

I loved this film. You can actually imagine these guys hanging out. They worked so well together. Jen Aniston is playing a very different character than her norm but it all worked. Awesome movie and I loved it and laughed my way through it.