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Movie review: 'Horrible Bosses' -- 2 stars

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horrible bosses Credit: John P. Johnson

Horrible Bosses

Directed by Seth Gordon
Starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston,
Colin Farrell
Rated R
2 stars
“Horrible Bosses” is a plodding exercise in caricature that relies way too heavily on the charms of its lead actors.
Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day star as a trio of friends with a really bad track record for picking work environments. Nick (Bateman) slaves away for a boss (Kevin Spacey) who’s a bona fide sociopath; Dale (Day) works for a spray-tanned, sex-crazed dentist (Jennifer Aniston) who sexually harasses him around the clock; and Kurt (Sudeikis) puts up with a sleazy, comb-overed cokehead (Colin Farrell) who fires people for being handicapped or overweight.
One night while sharing beers, the friends joke about killing their bosses. Joke turns to reality, and with some advice from a thug (Jamie Foxx) they meet at a bar, the three hatch a plan to whack each other’s bosses. They’re smart enough fellows, but they make bumbling criminals, and the film proceeds as an interminable sequence of beginner missteps.
Much like the misguided “Date Night,” with Tina Fey and Steve Carell, “Horrible Bosses” squanders the talent of a worthy cast. The premise has potential, and Bateman, Sudeikis and Day are all so likeable, you spend half the film willing yourself to laugh more. The punchline is the over-the-top ineptness of three strait-laced men trying to be killers, but their tomfoolery just feels so uninspired. The script’s rote quality effectively kills the comedy buzz.
What “Horrible Bosses” does offer is a showcase of actors who know how to go all out — Bateman’s arched-brow skepticism, Day’s manic excitability, Spacey’s gleeful villainy.. The resulting chemistry is undeniable. Even though the movie drags, at least the performances give you something to look forward to from one scene to the next.

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