Horrible Bosses review (Blu-ray)

It’s a situation we’ve all been in at some point in our lives. There’s a pretty strong possibility that we’re still there now. You’re generally happy with your job except for one tiny detail: your boss. Horrible Bosses pits three ordinary guys against three impossibly hideous bosses and follows their hopelessly amateurish attempt to kill each other’s superior.

If you liked Arrested Development, then Bateman’s character, Nick, is a delightful return to the awkward, hopeful Michael. If you like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, then Day’s Dale will bring back grinning memories of his shouty, confused character in Philly. Sudekis plays the part of Kurt with aplomb too, in some ways the most grounded of the trio; in others (for example, his hopeless attempts to avoid offending a black barman) he’s as hopeless as the other two.

However, all these three are the backbone of this movie’s laughs, drinking and complaining together and getting involved in evermore ridiculous scrapes; it is their bosses who really steal the show. Spacey’s psychotic slave driver is Bateman’s boss, dangling a promotion in front of his hapless employee for years before giving it to himself. Farrell is excellent as the deranged, drug addled son of Sudekis’ boss who inherits the company on his untimely death. Day’s boss is the unhinged and sexually voracious Aniston and you can tell that they all enjoy plumbing the depths of lunacy to which their characters sink. The film has few weak moments and no weak links with Sutherland as the kindly father of Farrell, Foxx as the intense but peculiar “murder consultant” and Brian George as the ever-helpful and ever-friendly SatNav Gregory.

Horrible Bosses is enormously enjoyable. It has a plot that twists enough to lend spice but not so much that it overcomplicates itself. The innocent nature of the three protagonists is maintained throughout so that although it has tense moments it never loses its light and frothy feel. Attempting triple homicide has never been funnier.

EXTRAS ★★★ First up there's a choice of the theatrical cut of the film or an extended cut, which runs ab out 7 minutes longer. The bonus features consist of the featurette My Least Favourite Career (5:01), in which the cast and director reveal bad jobs and awful bosses from their past; the featurette Surviving a Horrible Boss (6;29), in which Bateman, Sudeikis, Day and Gordon discuss how to deal with bad bosses; the featurette Being Mean is So Much Fun (7:07), in which Farrell, Aniston and Spacey talk about how much fun it is to play such awful characters; deleted scenes (10:22); and The making of the Horrible Bosses Sundtrack (6:22). There's also access to WB BD-Live content, if your Blu-ray player is connected to the internet. Plus, being a Triple-Play, you get the film on Blu-ray, DVD and a digital copy. Unfortiunately, it lacks an audio commentary, which would have been a nice touch.

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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