Movie Review: Horrible Bosses

by Eric Melin on July 9, 2011

in Video Reviews

This review of “Horrible Bosses” appears on KTKA-49.

“Horrible Bosses” has a very simple concept. Three lifelong friends—played by Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis—go from thinking about killing their abusive bosses to actually plotting their murders.

If the movie were a rich character drama or a suspense film, it would explore the dark recesses of the human mind. But since “Horrible Bosses” is a raunchy, R-rated comedy, the movie is basically a series of ridiculous setups to get these three talented comic actors in uncomfortable positions so they can make us laugh.

As sloppy and unbelievable as the movie is, it does exactly that. Day has a manic presence that plays beautifully off of Bateman’s deadpan delivery and Sudeikis goes from suburban schlub to impulsive freak at the drop of a hat.

Still, what’s lurking below the surface of “Horrible Bosses,” however unfocused it is, is this kind of recession-era rage. We hear about unemployment numbers every day, but are the employed as angry and mistreated as these guys? If so, I’m glad we have a silly movie “Horrible Bosses” to help everyone let off a little steam.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers and regular critic for KCTV5. He’s a member of the BFCA, VP of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also the current 2013 Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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