If your boss says, “I own you. You’re my bitch,” you can do one of three things: Get out, get a new job or get a hitman. Three harried employees, Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) in the film, “Horrible Bosses,” choose the latter. Unfortunately for them, they are so inept that things go wildly out of control.
What this does do is make for good comedy.
“Horrible Bosses” is the politically-incorrect male take on 1980’s “9 to 5,” where Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton played righteous employees wreaking feminist revenge on Boss from Hell Dabney Coleman.
Here, the bad bosses are Dave Harken (dependably nasty Kevin Spacey), Bobby Pellit (Colin Farrell with a comb-over and a coke-habit) and dentist Dr. Julia Harris (a sexed-up, over-the-top Jennifer Aniston). They seem to be tormenting their underlings for sheer pleasure or sport.
In fact, Nick and Kurt have a bit of trouble wondering whether Dale really has a problem (Dr. Julia being dropdead gorgeous and often undressed).
Unexpected hilarity is supplied by Jamie Foxx as the supposed hitman, Dean Jones. The trio meet him in a dive and soon get bilked for $5,000, which turns out to be a mere “consultation” fee. Dean’s advice: Do the murders yourselves.
Director Seth Gordon has his actors spit out razor-sharp, rapid-fire dialogue — Howard Hawks-style. Credit for the quality writing goes to Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.
Go see “Horrible Bosses” and relax. It’s unlikely your boss is this bad.