In a time when movie comedies have hit a stride of mediocrity and have had an obsession for gratuitous gross-out scenes, Horrible Bosses is a breath of fresh air. Why? Its actually funny. And it doesn’t try to make me gag in the process.
What makes this movie work? Without a doubt it is the comedic chemistry of the three leads Bateman, Day and Sudekis. They play off of each other so well that even small, offhand comments keep me laughing. Throwing Jamie Foxx into the mix as their “murder consultant” only makes it better.
The plot is just absurd enough to keep things rolling and to keep the chuckles coming. The idea is based off of that great De Vito/Hitchcock classic where they decide to kill each other’s bosses to clear themselves of motive. Each of their bosses, played by Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Ferrell, are terrible people in their own outlandish ways. And they have to be in order for us to buy this idea of three normal guys conspiring a triple murder.
There’s some really great moments here, like when they break into their bosses houses, as well as some great banter. Combine these with three really likable characters and a plot which begins to get very Guy Ritchie-like at the end, and you’ve got a really good comedy on your hands.