Horrible by Name, Horrible by Nature
Nick Hendricks (Jason Bateman) enjoys his job but hates his boss as he is a bully, if it wasn't for the chance of a promotion he might have quit long ago. For the recently engaged Dale Arbus (Charlie Day) quitting his job is not an option as a misunderstanding putting him on the sex offenders register. But that means he is stuck working as a dental assistant to Julia Harris (Jennifer Anniston) who spends all day every day making inappropriate sexual advances towards him. Fortunately their friend Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) enjoys his job and has a good boss, well that is until his boss dies and his drug taking son Bobby (Colin Farrell) takes over the business. With things becoming unbearable for the three friends they come up with a plan to murder each other's horrible bosses.
Do you remember when you were younger and would be amazed when watching a funny movie your parents would question what is funny about that? Well I have some bad news for you, the day will come when you watch a recent comedy and find yourself wondering where's the comedy, what's funny about that. This is what happened as I finally got around to watching "Horrible Bosses" as very little in this movie made me laugh. Although I will say having watched many a modern comedy and felt the same I will say that the comedy is on a par with other movies which clearly entertain a younger generation than myself.
Now "Horrible Bosses" doesn't re-invent the wheel as it is just another crime caper movie where a trio of friends decide to pull of a crime and chaos ensues as things don't go to plan and they end up getting chased, this time it is the cops rather than bad guys on their case. But the actual storyline, the vehicle on which all the supposed comedy is built is so slim that you will be watching and suddenly the jokes run out and so they as quickly as they can bring things to an end.
The trouble is that for me the comedy in "Horrible Bosses" is simply not that funny. Jokes about trying to clean up a pile of dropped cocaine or a psycho boss belittling one of the friends is pretty dull. And then there is Jennifer Aniston giving us an inappropriate boss who makes sexual comments and advances. Yes it is the shock value of hearing Aniston making rude comments which is meant to be amusing but actually it gets boring quite quickly.
What this all boils down to is that "Horrible Bosses" wasn't for me and pretty much only achieved making me feel old. The thing is that whilst it wasn't for me I can appreciate that there will be many who find what boils down to often just moronic crudeness entertaining.