Saturday 16 December 2017

Film Review: Horrible Bosses * * *

(15A, general release)

Paul Whitington

Crude, lewd and about as politically correct as one of the late Carry On films, Seth Gordon's Horrible Bosses features an all-star cast and dialogue so racy it would make a hooker blush. I should probably have hated it but, to my shame, I found parts of it hilarious: it's bleak, shrill and morally reprehensible, but it's also very funny.

Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis play Nick, Dale and Kurt, three 30-something friends who all work for horrible bosses.

Nick's long-cherished hopes of promotion in his mindless office job have been dashed by his evil and self-serving boss Dale Harken (Kevin Spacey, below). Kurt had a much kinder boss, but when he dies he's replaced by his demented, coke-sniffing son Bobby (Colin Farrell), who makes Kurt's life a misery. Neither Nick nor Kurt have much sympathy for Dale: he's a dental nurse who's being sexually propositioned by his very attractive boss Julia (Jennifer Aniston).

But Dale is engaged and Julia's aggressive advances push him to the limit: one night the three make a pact to kill each other's bosses.

Its script is occasionally witty, but it's the energetic performances of the ensemble cast that make this film so oddly enjoyable.

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