Horrible Bosses

00:00 August 02, 2011
By: Fritz Esker

is the second comedy, after 1987's Throw Momma From the Train, to borrow from the central gimmick of Alfred Hitchcock's classic Strangers on a Train (definitely worth a look on DVD) where friends plot to commit murders for each other while the person with the motive has an airtight alibi. Here, three men (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis) plot to murder their nightmarish bosses. Bateman's boss (Kevin Spacey) is a cold blooded corporate psychopath. Day's boss (Jennifer Aniston) sexually harasses him and threatens to ruin his engagement if he doesn't sleep with her. And Sudeikis' boss (Colin Farrell) is a cocaine addict who fires people he finds physically unattractive. The script occasionally gets bogged down with gags that are gross for the sake of being gross, but there are a lot of funny lines and much like The Hangover, it's actually pretty well plotted, especially by comedy standards. The supporting performances from all the bosses and Jamie Foxx as a murder "consultant" are terrific. Aniston, in particular, seems like she's much better suited to supporting roles instead of playing a succession of bland leading ladies in romantic comedies.

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[Courtesy of New Line Productions]

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