'Horrible Bosses' Movie Review
Written by: Karen Benardello
Many people have had such terrible bosses that they often fantasy about quitting their jobs if they could afford to do so. Some workers even dream about what it would be like if their bosses were to suddenly die. The new New Lines Cinema comedy ‘Horrible Bosses,’ which is playing at local Long Island theaters, provides everyone who ever had that fantasy to vicariously live that dream in a surprisingly hysterical manner.
‘Horrible Bosses’ follows friends Nick Hendricks (played by New York native Jason Bateman), Dale Arbus (portrayed by fellow New York native Charlie Day) and Kurt Buckman (played by Jason Sudeikis), whose professional lives are suffering at the hands of their terrible superiors. Nick works at a financial company, where his boss Dave Harken (portrayed by Kevin Spacey) abuses him, including promising him a non-existent job promotion if he logs in excessive hours. Dale works as a dental assistant to Dr. Julia Harris (played by Jennifer Aniston), who continuously sexually harasses him and the patients.
Kurt meanwhile has a fantastic relationship with his boss Jack Pellitt (portrayed by Donald Sutherland), until one day he unexpectantly dies of a heart attack. Jack’s cocaine-addicted son Bobby (played by Colin Farrell) then takes over the industrial company and vows to run it into the ground, making Kurt’s lie miserable.
One night while they’re out for drinks, Kurt tells Nick and Dale that their lives would be much happier if they kill their bosses. While Dale initially says they can’t go through with the plan, he quickly changes his mind when Julia threatens to tell his fiancée Stacy (portrayed by Lindsay Sloane) that they had sex together if he doesn’t actually sleep with her. The three take the advice of paroled ex-con Dean Jones (played by Jamie Foxx) to kill each other’s bosses and make them look like accidents, so they won’t get caught.
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