It’s weird seeing an actress that you know plays a certain kind of character a lot that suddenly plays a VERY different role. That’s what it was like watching Jennifer Aniston play a sexual-harassing dentist in “Horrible Bosses”. It left a bad taste in my mouth. It was something akin to watching Spider-Man do a song and dance number in the middle of the film (yeah, that happened in “Spider Man 3” and it was horrible). I’m not saying that Aniston can’t play other characters, but I am saying it was weird.
“Horrible Bosses” follows the delightful tale of 3 guys that decide their lives could be improved by the demise of their bosses. The film has some laughs, for sure. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis play the victimized workers, while Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, and Colin Farrell play their wretched bosses. The situational comedy aspect arrives later in the film, but it plays well – but ONLY to an adult audience. There is more than enough material and language alone in this film to earn its R rating. (Thankfully, it wasn’t as grotesque as “Hot Tub Time Machine”.)
All in all, it is pretty funny, but I can’t help but say that I wish the story would have done more with bosses being …well, horrible. Spacey is terrific in the role, but he reminded me instantly of his character from “Swimming with Sharks”. Colin Farrell’s character just isn’t featured enough; he was fantastic in the bit he was in though! And Aniston’s role was weird to me. So, while the film had some laughter within it, it wasn’t all that it could have been. In fact, with just a bit more action on the part of the bosses, this film could easily have become the next “Office Space”.
Jason Sudeikis is a smash hit fresh from SNL, and I expect him to be in a ton of comedies in the near future. It seemed to me that he could have used even more screen time in this movie. The dude is just funny! Jason Bateman is great too, but he plays the straight man with just killer lines. Bateman is having some real success lately, and he has become even more enjoyable to watch over the last 5 or 6 years. As for Charlie Day, honestly I don’t him that well. He reminded my wife and I of a young Bobcat Goldthwaite. He plays a pretty funny character – and this may be a simple comparison – but he totally reminds me of Josh Gomez from the awesome TV Series “Chuck” (which sadly is now over)!
I recommend watching “Horrible Bosses” when you don’t want anything too serious or heavy and just want to see some fine comedic actors tackling some great material. I just didn’t see enough in the movie to think they warrant a death sentence, but don’t try to read too much into this one and you’ll enjoy it thoroughly!
…and that’s it for this edition of THE REEL VOICE.