Horrible Bosses is definitely one of the funniest movies of 2011, and maybe one of the funniest in a long time. Led by the amazing comedic timing of Jason Bateman, and relishing the return to pure funny evil of Kevin Spacey, it mines a similar vein as Office Space, and indeed deserves to be seen as a companion to that cult classic. The three inept main characters, pals played by Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis, are miserable due to their extreme managers – Spacey at his sadistic best as a merciless player of mind games, Jennifer Aniston as a sexually harassing dentist, and Colin Farrell as an ignorant slob.
The anxious Dale, played by Day, arranges a meeting with a hit man. As they wait in a seedy motel for the guy to arrive, he worries, “I feel like we shoud have gotten him a cheese plate or something.” That particular scheme turns out badly, but they form another allegiance with an intimidating guy with the not-so-intimidating name of Dean Jones (an actor perhaps best remembered for his 1960-70’s movies The Shaggy D.A., The Love Bug, and That Darn Cat!). Jones, played very deadpan by Jamie Foxx, goes by the moniker “Motherf**ker” instead. This makes for many very comedic moments as his earnest would-be compadres repeatedly address him.
A bit of TV trivia: John Francis Daley was one of the screenwriters and makes a brief appearance – he’s best known as Sam Weir from Freaks and Geeks and as Dr. Sweets on Bones.
Big laughs ensue as the threesome are repeatedly foiled in their attempts to be bad guys. The rapid-fire banter between them is hilarious, and the film is hysterically funny, a great escape, and a bit of a cautionary tale for downtrodden workers.