‘Horrible Bosses’ worth seeing for Aniston performance
Nick Hendricks (Jason Bateman) is an underling at a finance company, who is denied a well deserved promotion by his cold-hearted boss, Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey).
Good friend Kurt Buckman (Jason Sudeikis) loves his job at a company run by Jack Pellitt (Donald Sutherland).
When Jack suffers a heart attack, his cocaine-snorting son Bobby (Colin Farrell) seizes control of the business, gleefully draining the company accounts dry. Meanwhile, Nick and Kurt’s dental assistant buddy, Dale Arbus (Charlie Day), is sexually harassed on a daily basis by his conniving boss, Dr Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston).
When jailbird Dean Jones (Jamie Foxx) plants the idea of a chain reaction of seemingly accidental deaths, the three men are intrigued.
“It’s not murder if it’s justified,” rationalises Kurt. Horrible Bosses is a filthy-minded black comedy that borrows its central premise from Hitchcock’s Strangers On A Train. There’s a whiff of The Hangover about Seth Gordon’s film in the initial set-up of three men embarking on a madcap journey of self-discovery that involves drugs, a psychopathic pet and Aniston performing unspeakable acts with the contents of her fridge.
The cast throw themselves at the material with admirable gusto, particularly the three villains of the piece, who live up to the billing as horrible bosses.
Some of the set pieces are contrived with a certain pay-off in mind and the characterisation is thin, particularly the odious Bobby, who is barely in the film.
The plot is equally flimsy and the three screenwriters struggle to bring the murderous mayhem to a satisfying conclusion.