Ever dream of killing your boss? Television-turned-feature film writers Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein clearly did (three gentlemen whose work includes everything from episodes of Bones to $#*! My Dad Says), playing out their dark fantasies with hilarious results in what will surely become one of this summer’s hit comedies. Horrible Bosses starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis is a film about three friends who are so unhappy with the state of their respective workplaces that they decide to team up and kill each other’s bosses. What ensues is a hilarious, albeit slightly ridiculous story about three men driven to the edge, and the terrible people who brought them there.
The story, while extreme, stops just short of being unbelievable, and is written in such a way that audience members might imagine themselves reacting similarly, should they decide to do the unthinkable to the boss man. The success of this film really lies in its superb casting, with remarkable out-of-character performances by Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, and Jennifer Aniston as the bosses that you will love to hate (not to mention the excellent minor role that Jamie Foxx plays as ‘murder consultant’). It was a pleasant surprise to see Charlie Day in a major role outside of Always Sunny, although he does play more or less the same character in both productions.
For a mainstream comedy Horrible Bosses is a true everyman’s film, and if you have ever had a boss that made your life miserable (which is most of us), this film is for you.
Horrible Bosses opens wide in Philly-area theaters today.
Rob Buscher is co-founder of both Zipangu Fest, the UK’s first Japanese film festival, as well as the Philadelphia Japan Arts Matsuri. He currently works at the Greater Philadelphia Film Office.