In these recession-hit times, when companies believe they have carte blanche to ‘own you’, a film about three employees who are being shafted every which way (one literally) who conspire to murder their bosses from hell will certainly have large audience appeal.

Throw in the fact you have a nymphomaniac (and brunette) Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell sporting a massive slaphead and Jamie Foxx as a felon called M*therF*cker Jones, and my excitement was ramped to the max.

And, while this may not be the cathartic experience I was hoping for, it certainly delivers in terms of laugh-out –loud moments.

Straight from the off we see loyal, hard-working employee Nick (Jason Bateman) being chewed out by the King of Nastiness, Harken (Kevin Spacey), for being two minutes late for work (at 6am).

There follows a series of ritual humiliations forced on Nick who endures all for the sake of the dangling carrot of promotion.

Spacey is truly convincing as an amalgamation of all your worst tyrannical mini-Hitlers, psychopathic, odious and menacing – and one of the most entertaining characters in the film.

And what of the newly follically-challenged Farrell?

Well, he plays the spoilt cokehead offspring of a rich tycoon (Donald Sutherland), who dies leaving his company in the hands of his incompetent son.

After making a series of disastrous business decisions, beleaguered employee Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) understandably asks : “Do you actually care about this company?”

“Uh, no, of course not”, replies the boorish Bobby Pellitt, “the company’s just my personal ATM.”

With his greasy combover, over-large head and beer belly, Pellitt is extremely unattractive, sleazing over a variety of hookers (in his office no less).

Many men might not have much sympathy for the film’s funniest character though.

Charlie Day plays a hamster-like dental assistant to Anistons’s ragingly rampant dentist.

In the best (and funniest) scenes in the film, Dale is constantly harassed by Dr Harris, who demands he ‘take out his dong’ whenever the patients are out cold in the dentist’s chair.

Both Day and Aniston are fantastic in this – Aniston clearly relishing the opportunity to indulge her more raunchy side.

In fact, no one in the cast puts a foot wrong and director Seth Gordon clearly gave them free rein to improvise.

There is plenty to enjoy here, especially if crude humour is your thing.

The ending may not exactly be to everyone’s tastes (or hopes), but Horrible Bosses is a fun, fast-paced romp with an excellent cast at full pelt.

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.