Posted on 1/29/12 08:47 AM
Good premise + Good performances should equal a raunchy great time, but "Horrible Bosses" is too uneven to universally enjoy.
"Horrible Bosses" is an extremely common occurrence in Hollywood. A flick that is a great idea, that has amazing Marketing potential and great scenes but is disappointedly written and executed.
For those who saw the trailer for "Horrible Bosses" the promise of seeing Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey and Colin Farrell gamely playing the titular horrible bosses is almost too good to pass up. All three relish their roles and deliciously chew up the scenery with gusto as they torture their desperate employees (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis).
The movie is written as a fragmented set of skits strung together by a good premise. But the premise is compromised as you see the screenwriters struggling to solve some plot problems. Hollywood insist that their protagonists are likable but the nasty premise makes it hard to keep the characters likable if they execute their plan. So the plan is half-assed, and like they say, after promising to "go there", the movie doesn't. And this compromises "Horrible Bosses" ability to deliver a biting comedy.
It's a shame. Charlie Day is excellent as the victim of Aniston's inappropriate advances. It's the actor's enthusiasm for their characters that makes the movie watchable. They are able to sometimes mask "Horrible Bosses" flaws, but that's hard to maintain over a full film's length.