Monday, August 1, 2011

Spotlight: Horrible Bosses (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx)

I saw Horrible Bosses a last week, but I forgot to put up a review, so here it is. Also don’t forget to check out the interview I did with Leeni-Marie from Kivimetsan Druidi. They are a folk metal band from Finland. Also if it is not a bother, I will be posting this every day. I need your help in voting for my favourite Canadian vlogger Nerdz4L on this website for King of the Web, you can vote ten times a day. I will link you to the voting page, her vlogging page, and her sketch/comedy page. It would make me happy if you helped her out.

Horrible Bosses is a comedy film that was directed by Seth Gordon and was written by Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein based on a story by Markowitz. It was made by New Line Cinema and Rat Entertainment and was also distributed by Warner Bros. The main three men in this movie are Jason Bateman (The Kingdom, Juno, Hancock, Paul) as Nick Hendricks, Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Going the Distance, A Quiet Little Marriage) as Dale Arbus, and Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live, Hall Pass, The Cleveland Show) as Kurt Buckman. The bosses are Jennifer Aniston (The Bounty Hunter, Marley & Me, The Break-Up, Bruce Almighty) as Dr. Julia Harris, Colin Farrell (Daredevil, Miami Vice, Minority Report, Phone Booth) as Bobby Pellitt, and Kevin Spacey (Seven, The Usual Suspects, L.A. Confidential, American Beauty, 21) as Dave Harken. Other characters include Jamie Foxx (Collateral, Ray, Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story, Dreamgirls, Law Abiding Citizen) as Dean “Motherfucker” Jones, Julie Bowen (Modern Family, Happy Gilmore, Joe Somebody, Kids in America, Crazy on the Outside) as Dave’s wife, Rhonda Harken, Lindsay Sloane (Bring It On, Exposed, The In-Laws, Over Her Dead Body, She’s Out of My League, The Other Guys) as Dale’s fiancée Stacy, Donald Sutherland (as former boss of Kurt, Ioan Gruffud plays a small role, and Isaiah Mustafa and P.J. Byrne also has a cameos.

The main basis of the story is that Nick Hendricks, Dale Arbus and Kurt Buckman all hate their bosses for some reason of another. Nick works for Dave Harken who is head of a financial firm and is always abusing Nick. Dale works for Dr. Julia Harris as a dental assistant. The only problem is that Julia wants to have sex with Dale but he is engaged to Stacy. Julia sexually harasses Dale on a daily basis and he wants it to stop. Kurt works for an industrial company, ran by Jack Pellit, a man who treated him like a son. Unfortunately Jack died and left the biological son, who was also addicted to cocaine, Bobby. He threatens to run the company to the ground by firing the best employees and doing cocaine and also having prostitutes come to his office. This leads to the three annoyed employees to ponder the thought of killing their bosses, and they go ahead with it and find someone to do it for them. Dean “Motherfucker” Jones is their man, but instead of doing the hits for them, he only acts as their hitman advisory and says they should do it themselves. The plot gets funnier from here, but you must see it yourself.

This movie was quite entertaining and was always humorous the whole way through. It was just one funny part to the next and it really made for a great movie. The whole entire sexual harassment from Jennifer Aniston, as Julia, was very funny and the fact that Nick and Kurt did not feel bad for Dale at all made it even greater. I read up on the roles and it seems that all the actors/actresses contributed to their roles in a positive manner. For example Jennifer Aniston dyed her hair brunette for her role because she did not want to look the same as her other films. Colin Farrell contributed to his look as Bobby by suggesting a comb-over hairstyle, a big pot-belly gut, and the character’s interest in Chinese dragons. Jamie Fox also made a humorous contribution to his character as he suggested full-scalp tattoos and a retro clothing style. He also described his character to be “a guy who maybe went to jail for a minute and now he's living in his own time capsule. When he got out he went right back to the clothes he thought were hot when he went in." This movie is great for those who like this type of comedy, it is not like your happy comedy because it involves wanting to kill your bosses. I am sure this movie can relate to some people, not myself, that have had this feeling sometime in t heir life of wanting to kill their boss. The acting could have been a little better because I felt a little bored with it some times but the humour made up for it greatly. I give this movie a 3.5 out of 5.

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