You know how when you see a trailer for a movie and over the course of 6 months it doesn't really change? To me that means one thing: all the good parts are in the preview. Comedies are notorious for this, as are a lot of low budget action films. From what I could tell, the trailer for Horrible Bosses has hardly changed since it came out. There havent really been any funny additions, and to be honest it began to worry me. This summer has been PHENOMENAL so far when it comes to R-rated comedies (see Bridesmaids and The Hangover Part II) so I assumed that this might just be one of those copycat films trying to ride on the R-rated coattails of its ridiculously high-grossing brethren. The only thing that gave me hope was the fact that so many stars were tied to this movie that it had to have something special about it...
|This trio could certainly give "The Wolfpack" a run for their money...|
|"Fire Professor Xavier over there. He wheels around all day in his special little chair. It creeps me out. He's up to something"|
|Im not so sure I wouldn't mind Aniston as my boss at this point...|
|Spacey: "That is why I have decided to promote myself to Senior Vice President of Sales"|
Bateman: "What?! I mean...sorry..."
Spacey: "Its ok I'll just attribute this to your drinking problem."
|Motherf***er Jones and his motherf***king little red straws|
I guess my only complaint would be, and I know this isn't fair, but it clearly tries to be a new Hangover. Three guys getting into a lot of trouble and working their way out of it. Sound familiar? And when you compare it to The Hangover and The Hangover Part II (yes people it was the same exact movie, but still just as funny...get over the fact that the plot didnt change), the hi-jinks that these three get into dont really compare. But then again they arent in Vegas or Bangkok so there's that.
Basically, I was really surprised by Horrible Bosses. Comparing it to The Hangover is justified, but at the same time, this movie is original enough to stand alone. I went in thinking that it would be a very average comedy, but came out realizing that along with those off-the-wall bridesmaids and that "Wolfpack", there is a new gang in town now for the R-rated comedy game: the boss killers and their bosses. It looks like I was wrong again...
"It's ok. Ill just attribute that to your drinking problem"
Shut up Kevin Spacey!
- The characters. Plain and simple. Perfectly portrayed and one of those rare movies where the villains are just as much fun to watch as the protagonists
- Funny scenarios are constant. There wasn't a dull moment
- I think I might name my first kid Motherf***er Jones
- Strong script and well directed
- Intriguing and original premise, it feels fresh
- Can't help but feeling a little Hangover vibe despite the originality
- Not too many one-liners. Lots of funny scenarios, but few quoteables
- A sequel to this one will feel VERY forced
- Charlie Day's high pitched craziness gets somewhat irritating
Rath's Review Score: 8.5/10