“Horrible Bosses” is a missed opportunity. Handed a darkly comic premise of revenge, and the producers turn the proceedings into a clumsy “SNL” skit. Following in the wake of the rancid “Bad Teacher,” “Horrible Bosses” also seeks approval by establishing a sloppy routine of shock and improvisation, slapping viewers with pedestrian acts of misbehavior when something far more macabre was in order. Unless you happen to find Indian call centers, the act of spilling cocaine, and Jennifer Aniston being self-consciously filthy hilarious. If so, boy do I have a film for you.
Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day), and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) are three sad sacks having a heck of a time dealing with their wicked bosses: sex addict Julia (Jennifer Aniston), cokehead Bobby (Colin Farrell), and megalomaniac Dave (Kevin Spacey). Fearing the current job market, the boys make do with their daily humiliations, yet secretly wish they could radically alter their situation. Hope arrives in the form of a crook (Jamie Foxx) who’s willing to advise the trio on the finer points of murder, commencing a plan that has the men actively seeking a way to kill their bosses. Hesitant but intrigued, the gang jumps into action, only to stumble over their tremendous incompetence at every turn.
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