The plot isn’t fantastic but the actors are.
Unlike “The Hangover Part II” this comedy doesn’t try hard to be funny and it doesn’t need to, because the cast is utterly perfect. I honestly could not stop laughing during this one. So if you plan on watching it as a late night movie, alert the neighbours so they won’t be alarmed by random bursts of laughter. However, be warned because this movie is rated for a reason. Raunchy scenarios, lewd behaviour and obscene language to name a few, as hilarious as they are in the movie definitely do not equal family-friendly fun.
Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis portray three best friends who are stressed out employees; overworked, tortured and even sexually harassed daily on the job. Their bosses are as entertaining as they are horrible. Kevin Spacey shines as Dave; a tyrannical, manipulative, almost schizophrenic, executive whose sole purpose is to distress and bring grief to Nick (Jason Bateman). Jennifer Aniston ventures light-years away from the innocent Rachel character that we all know and love, to play Julia; an “evil, crazy, bitch”. She’s a sex-crazed dentist who incessantly hammers her dental assistant, Dale (Charlie Day) with downright salacious comments and inappropriate behaviour. And finally, Colin Farrell lets his good looks take a backseat for this movie and instead sports a balding head with unflattering make-up and a beer gut, to successfully depict Kurt’s (Jason Sudeikis) boss’s cokehead son, Bobby. Bobby takes over the company after his father (Donald Sutherland) dies, and wreaks havoc on all the employees, especially Kurt.
On seeing that they couldn't quit, the three employees realise that their lives would be significantly easier if their bosses weren’t around and come to the unrealistic conclusion; they need to die. A conclusion every single employee with a horrible boss would indeed identify with and support. As they follow through on this idea they encounter and seek guidance from Jamie Foxx’s character, Motherf-er Jones. Yes, you read it correctly (I censored it a bit though). However, I won’t divulge how he got his name since I found that story quite interesting and I don’t wish to spoil it for you. Their journey in carrying out their master plan is chockfull of colourful characters and unexpected humour that you can’t help but let out your most scandalous and unflattering laugh.
It was refreshing to see a comedy this year which didn’t rely on the bogus ideal that more cursing equals more laughs. Don’t get me wrong, they cursed alright, but the funniest moments of this movie were solely due to the originality of the jokes and the superb deliveries. The cast worked naturally well together and no one actor sought to outshine the bunch.
This is one of the funniest films of 2011, in my opinion of course. So if you’re in the mood to laugh and don’t mind the heightened raunchiness, this one is a must-see. The film is aptly named, I must say, since the greatest impression left on you is by those horrible bosses and not the poor bastards who work for them.
Happy Chinese New Year!