Sunday 5 February 2012


Starring Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day, this Strangers On A Train for The Hangover crowd is out now on DVD and Blu-ray. Read my review, next.

Tired of having to deal with constant harassment from their bosses, three friends (Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day) plot to solve their problems by resorting to murder. Whilst researching the best way to do it, they seek the advice of a murder consultant with an unrepeatable name, but as they approach the planned date of assassination, can they pluck up the courage to go through with it?

Featuring Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell playing against type and Kevin Spacey playing in type, they really are some horrible bosses. Spacey, in familiar territory after the corporate revenge fantasy Swimming With Sharks, is the most evil of the bunch, stopping just short of cackling with glee as he makes Bateman work late night after night. Farrell's ridiculously over the top as a disgusting, womanising pig and as for Aniston? Well as Dale's friends keep pointing out to him, his situation isn't really that bad; some would say enviable, even.

Bateman and Sudeikis never stray far from the personas they've established for themselves in other comedies; Bateman the stressed out everyman and Sudeikis the vulgar letch. The breakout star is Charlie Day, star of TV's It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia but a relative newcomer to the big screen. He's the best thing in the film, but all the more better as part of the triple-act the men form. Jamie Foxx's extended cameo as the murder consultant also provides a few highlights.

At its best when the three leads are on screen together, they have fun playing around in scenes improvising, even corpsing on camera on occasion. Despite its nail on the head title, Horrible Bosses manages to be more entertaining than you'd expect. If you're looking for a laugh out loud comedy that features three blokes, this is exponentially better than Hangover Pt 2.


Special Features: Surviving a Horrible Boss, Being Mean Is So Much Fun Featurette, Deleted Scenes, The Making of the Soundtrack, My Least Favourite Career.

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