Posted on 7/08/11 10:14 PM
Horrible Bosses has enough hilarity to keep it going, but it sadly misses on its own premise. The actors are enjoyable (especially, it must be immediately remarked, a *wickedly* enjoyable Jennifer Aniston), and the exaggerated premise is a readily welcomed one in our work-obsessed society. Unfortunately, the pacing of the story is uneven, and the missed opportunity to really focus on what makes these bosses so bad is lamentable.
Unsurprisingly, the big name (and, you can believe it, big pay) actors get all the good parts, and not the three leads (though Charlie Day gets the most interesting character, a would-be-happy career husband). I found both Jasons unconvincing (Bateman and Sudeikis). The leads get dragged for an incoherent ride of entirely mindless amorality. And ultimately this misses what made the movie it is trying to be, Office Space, great: an all around well-balanced and well-carried script.
Kevin Spacey should be congratulated for being the most evil he has been since Seven, and Colin Ferrell for being any character I could watch for more than a few seconds compared with anything else he has done. His surprise nastiness reminded me of Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder.
But besides these noteworthy performances, it feels as though the movie loses its focus entirely once the hapless employees' plan to seek revenge takes off. It switches from being a very enjoyable Office Space to an awfully dragging Pink Panther.
To be sure, the writing is still interesting and at times even clever, and it is still producing laugh-out-loud moments. But it is barely staying afloat on the air the big names bring along. It was supposed to be about how bad those bosses were... it was not called "Horrible Killers." I'll be the professor here and say it: "focus, focus, focus."