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"Horrible Bosses" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Clements

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Synopsis

Three working stiffs Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) are totally miserable at their jobs due to their horrible bosses.  Nick's boss is the psychotic Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey) who seriously torments Nick while making him work crazy hours.  Kurt's boss is Bobby (Colin Farrell) a cokehead who wants to milk his company for as much cash as possible.  And Dale works for Dr. Harris (Jennifer Aniston), a dentist who is bent on seducing him one way or another.  The only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few too many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con, the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers...permanently. There’s only one problem: even the best-laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them.

Specifications

  • New Line Cinema
  • 2011, Color, Rated R, 98 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Jason Batemen, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland and Jamie Foxx
  • Directed by Seth Gordon
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

I found the first act of this movie to be inordinately raunchy and over the top.  This was because the bosses' behavior was just so extreme that it defied any sense of reality.  I also thought one bar scene with P.J. Byrne was so totally foolish.  I can only imagine the scene made the final cut because it established an important plot element.  But hang in there, because this movie hits its stride about 1/3 of the way through.  This transition happens around the time the guys decide how they should handle their various workplace issues.  That is when the ensemble cast pretty much takes over the film.  Once this happens, the movie moves along at a good pace while providing some genuinely funny moments.  The guys' surveillance methods and the scene at the police station come to mind as great examples of this effect.  I also felt that Kevin Spacey did a very solid acting job throughout as Jason Bateman's crazed boss.  This disc would make a good rental choice for a decent laugh or two.

Technical

The picture quality is generally good throughout.  Skin tones can be oversaturated in some scenes and there is some loss of detail in the darker scenes.  The audio is about average for a comedy.  There is good voice reproduction.  However, the bass is bloated on much of the music and I turned down the sub a few db's to compensate for this.  The action scenes near the end had good dynamics, impact and a balanced sound.

Extras

This three disc set is loaded with special features.  Disc 1 contains the Blu-ray of the extended version.  Disc Two is the Blu-ray of the theatrical version with these special features - "My Least Favorite Career", "Surviving a Horrible Boss", "Being Mean is So Much Fun", "The Making of the Horrible Bosses Soundtrack" and Deleted Scenes.  Disc Three is the DVD of the theatrical version.  The set also contains an Ultraviolet Digital Copy access code for online streaming of the movie.

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