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Film Review: Horrible Bosses

5th August 2011

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The film industry is inundated with sequels at the moment. Pirates of the Caribbean, X Men, The Hangover, and another one which I cannot quite remember! Movie goers everywhere will be screaming for an original, funny comedy. Look no further than Horrible Bosses; a film which definitely ticks all the boxes.

‘Why not kill my boss?’ We’ve all thought it. Horrible Bosses brings this thought to reality with the three title characters; Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) not only dreaming of offing the boss but actually planning to do it - with hilarious results.

The three main actors are not your stereotypical American comic actors. They are new to this sort of comedy and pull it off fantastically. There is not one weak link in the three main stars.

Dale in particular is amusing, and he manages to get the entire cinema laughing with just a simple rendition of ‘That’s not my name’ by The Ting Tings, which is no easy feat.

The trio of contemptible bosses in question are played by Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell. Cameos from Donald Sutherland, Ioan Gruffudd and Jamie Foxx top off what is a fantastic cast.

Overall, there are a few hits and misses. The ending can be said to have stretch the imagination somewhat. I personally don’t mind some ‘over the top’ dirty jokes here and there, but some of the language on show would have had some of the audience horrified, Ioan Gruffudd’s cameo in particular.

It was not the sort of comedy which had me in stitches from one moment to the next nor is it groundbreaking comedy. But it is a very funny film.

It was wonderfully acted, with quality writing and despite its rather dark humour has wide comedic appeal.

I would recommend it to anyone who is not easily offended.

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