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Blu-Ray Review: Stellar Comedy Ensemble Rocks in ‘Horrible Bosses’

24 October 2011 10:05 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The summer of the R-rated comedy, which was So clearly inspired by the success of “The Hangover” and its sequel, was an interesting case of the law of diminishing returns. If you over-saturate a market, critics and viewers will turn away. By the time that “The Change-Up” and “30 Minutes or Less” thudded into theaters, we all remembered why they don’t make that many R-rated comedies in a year any more — most of them are dumb. Looking back on the trend, two films stand out as the R-rated comedies of Summer 2011 — the widely-beloved (and a bit overrated) “Bridesmaids” and Seth Gordon’s very-funny and consistently-entertaining “Horrible Bosses,” recently released on Blu-ray and DVD.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0

As is cleverly referenced within the film, “Horrible Bosses” is basically a riff on Alfred Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train” (or “Throw Momma From the Train” for younger viewers) in the world of modern workplace nightmares. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Horrible Bosses

16 October 2011 4:57 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Work long enough in these United States and eventually you’ll have one: a horrible boss. Maybe they dangle a promotion in front of you with no intention of letting you have it or just treated you as subhuman, but no two horrible bosses are the same. To capitalize on this idea, Horrible Bosses mixes elements of Office Space and Strangers on a Train in a comedy with Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis suffering at the hands of Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, and Colin Farrell. For what seems like an incredibly simple concept, Director Seth Gordon and Writers Michael Markowitz and John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein have managed to milk some pretty rich laughs even as the story runs along a very obvious track.

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- Lex Walker

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Horrible Bosses Blu-Ray Review

10 October 2011 7:21 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

TheMoviePool got the chance to sit down with the soon to be released Horrible Bosses on blu-ray in order to help you determine whether or not this disc is worth your time and money to pick up.  Spoiler! It is.

The Basics

Here’s the Official Synopsis:

For Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day), 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.

Directed By: Seth Gordon

Written By: John Francis Daley • Jonathon M. Goldstein • Michael Markowitz

Cast: Jason Bateman, »

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Horrible Bosses Review

21 July 2011 5:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Horrible Bosses centres on Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day): three best friends who want nothing more than to be free of their intolerable bosses. When every permissible route has been attempted, the trio devise a dastardly and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers… permanently. But, as they soon find out, plans are easier devised than followed through.

While the premise starts off as a simplistic and mundane everyday comedy, it quickly (and welcomely) develops into something far more devilish and sinister. Screenwriters Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein may not bring a whole lot of plausibility or realism to the table, and you may find yourself scratching your head at the film’s outlandish ideas, but their zealous efforts go towards creating something bold, eccentric and ahead of the game.

The central trio of Bateman, Day and »

- Jamie Neish

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Horrible Bosses Review: Three Men Plot to Kill Their Bosses in A Tale of Murder, Conspiracy,and Hilarity

11 July 2011 6:24 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Reviewing a comedy is one of the hardest things to do in the film journalism world.  Unlike action movies or drama flicks, a comedy is completely dependent on one thing, and one thing only; did you laugh?  It could be terribly directed and have a piss poor plot but, if you laughed enough, none of that would really matter anyways.  So going into this review of Horrible Bosses, know this; I cannot understand your sense of humor.  To do that, I imagine it would take weeks of long, hard psychoanalysis.  But I do know mine.  And for what it's worth, Horrible Bosses tickled my funny bone just right.

The Basics:

The lives of Nick, Dale, and Kurt would be perfect if it wasn't for one thing; their bosses.  Nick deals with a psychotic sociopath who tortures him day and night just for the fun of it.  Dale has to worry »

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Box Office: July 8-10, 2011: Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

11 July 2011 12:25 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Popcorn went to the robots again. Transformers: Dark of the Moon was Number One at the box office for the second weekend in a row with $47 Million for $261 Million so far. Horrible Bosses premiered in Second Place with $28.1 Million. Zookeeper premiered in Third Place with $21 Million. Cars 2 was Fourth with $15 Million for $148.8 Million so far. Bad Teacher was Fifth with $9 Million. Larry Crowne, Super 8, Monte Carlo, Green Lantern, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins rounded out the top ten respectively.

Horrible Bosses is a 2011 black comedy film directed by Seth Gordon, written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein based on a script by Michael Markowitz. The film stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx and follows three friends (Bateman, Day and Sudekis) who decide to murder their respective overbearing, abusive bosses (Spacey, Aniston, and Farrell) who they believe »

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Horrible Bosses review

10 July 2011 9:01 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

A stellar cast and no reluctance to go for an R-rating, Ron discovers Horrible Bosses has its fair share of laughs. But should it still have been better?

Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day), and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) are best friends. They're united by their love of hanging out, occasionally drinking too much, and complaining about their terrible bosses. Well, Nick and Dale hate their bosses, but Kurt's the only one who kind of likes his boss (played in a glorified cameo by Donald Sutherland). Then, his boss dies, and his boss' cokehead son takes over the family business with the intention to run it into the ground, wring it dry, and head down to Mexico with a gaggle of prostitutes and no shortage of drugs.

Meet the three bad bosses: Dave Harken, the cruel bastard (Kevin Spacey), Dr. Julia Harris, the sexually harassing basket case (Jennifer Aniston), and Bobby Pellitt, »

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Horrible Bosses Scribe Jonathan Goldstein Reveals Film’s Inspiration!

10 July 2011 9:02 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Fans flocked to cinemas this weekend earning the workplace-from-Hell comedy Horrible Bosses an estimated $28 million in its debut weekend. Screenwriters John Francis Daley (Waiting), Michael Markowitz (The Flamingo Kid) and Jonathan Goldstein ($#*! My Dad Says) understood that the film’s core gag of three buddies (Charlie Day, Jason Bateman and Jason Sudeikis) plotting to kill their despicable bosses was a subject many moviegoers understood from experience. Talking recently with The Los Angeles Times, Goldstein shared that much of the film was inspired by his time working at a New York law firm (Goldstein was a lawyer before changing career and becoming a comedy writer). »

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Horrible Bosses Scribe Jonathan Goldstein Reveals Film’s Inspiration!

10 July 2011 9:02 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Fans flocked to cinemas this weekend earning the workplace-from-Hell comedy Horrible Bosses an estimated $28 million in its debut weekend. Screenwriters John Francis Daley (Waiting), Michael Markowitz (The Flamingo Kid) and Jonathan Goldstein ($#*! My Dad Says) understood that the film’s core gag of three buddies (Charlie Day, Jason Bateman and Jason Sudeikis) plotting to kill their despicable bosses was a subject many moviegoers understood from experience. Talking recently with The Los Angeles Times, Goldstein shared that much of the film was inspired by his time working at a New York law firm (Goldstein was a lawyer before changing career and becoming a comedy writer). »

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Horrible Bosses Scribe Jonathan Goldstein Reveals Film’s Inspiration!

10 July 2011 9:02 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Fans flocked to cinemas this weekend earning the workplace-from-Hell comedy Horrible Bosses an estimated $28 million in its debut weekend. Screenwriters John Francis Daley (Waiting), Michael Markowitz (The Flamingo Kid) and Jonathan Goldstein ($#*! My Dad Says) understood that the film’s core gag of three buddies (Charlie Day, Jason Bateman and Jason Sudeikis) plotting to kill their despicable bosses was a subject many moviegoers understood from experience. Talking recently with The Los Angeles Times, Goldstein shared that much of the film was inspired by his time working at a New York law firm (Goldstein was a lawyer before changing career and becoming a comedy writer). »

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Horrible Bosses | Review

8 July 2011 7:39 PM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Director: Seth Gordon Writers: Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein Starring: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis It seems that manhood's no easy burden to bear in this modern world we live in. As Nick Hendricks (Jason Bateman) relates in an early voice-over in Horrible Bosses, his grandmother came to this country with only $20 to her name and after working hard her whole life died with not much more. The reason she didn't get ahead, Nick opines, is that she didn't kiss any ass and that's not a mistake that he's interested in repeating. So despite being disrespected, manipulated, and derided by his boss, Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey), Nick dutifully soldiers on in hopes of getting the big promotion that is being dangled enticingly just out of his reach. After cruelly being passed over for the promotion, Nick momentarily daydreams of taking physical revenge before settling »

- Linc Leifeste

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Horrible Bosses Review

8 July 2011 12:06 PM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Horrible Bosses Directed by: Seth Gordon Written by: Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein Starring: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell If you have never had one before, consider yourself one lucky son of a bitch. They’re a damn national epidemic, depositing caustic mental funk on the doorstep of every innocent member of the workforce. They dot the corporate landscape with their turd pellets of malcontent.  They are horrible bosses, and they are, well, horrible. Can you tell I am tainted by their stank? It’s true. I suffered innumerable nightmares at the hand of an awful boss. Therefore, and so, I took immense pleasure in this wicked little exercise in cathartic glee. In case you couldn’t grasp the premise from the trailer, Horrible Bosses finds a trio of friends utterly fed up with their miscreant bosses, and they »

- Shannon

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'Horrible Bosses': The Reviews Are In!

8 July 2011 9:05 AM, PDT | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

What are critics saying about Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day's flick about sticking it to the man?

By Terri Schwartz

Jason Sudeikis in "Horrible Bosses"

Photo: Warner Bros

Up until "Horrible Bosses" was released, "Bridesmaids" could easily claim the title of Funniest Movie of the Summer. But now that the film about three guys fed up with taking crap from their superiors has hit theaters, Kristen Wiig's girl-power comedy is getting a run for its money.

So will "Horrible Bosses" split your sides or leaving you walking out of the theater with a straight face? The critical response has been mostly positive, highlighting the chemistry of leads Charlie Day, Jason Bateman and Jason Sudeikis, and the hilarious acting prowess of secondary actors Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Foxx. But some have also pointed out flaws in the script.

Check out this little sampling »

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Horrible Bosses: Earns Its Paycheck

8 July 2011 7:52 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Horrible Bosses highlights a common pain of the gainfully employed: working your butt off for someone you hate. Though the movie may be preying on your plight, it's a laugh-filled escape from an oppressive office. Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day star as three friends who are so unhappy at their respective workplaces that they come to an extreme conclusion: to murder their three bosses. Bateman plays Nick, a financial exec trying to move up in the corporate world, but he's roadblocked by his company's malicious CEO (Kevin Spacey). Sudeikis is content at work until his kindly boss dies, leaving the family business to his drug-addicted loser son (Colin Farrell). Lastly, Day's character Dale is the assistant to a sultry dentist (Jennifer Aniston) who sexually harasses him at all hours of the workday. The plot may be far-fetched - would three well-adjusted guys really plot to kill their bosses? »

- Shannon Vestal

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Horrible Bosses: Earns Its Paycheck

7 July 2011 9:01 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Horrible Bosses highlights a common pain of the gainfully employed: working your butt off for someone you hate. Though the movie may be preying on your plight, it's a laugh-filled escape from an oppressive office. Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day star as three friends who are so unhappy at their respective workplaces that they come to an extreme conclusion: to murder their three bosses. Bateman plays Nick, a financial exec trying to move up in the corporate world, but he's roadblocked by his company's malicious CEO (Kevin Spacey). Sudeikis is content at work until his kindly boss dies, leaving the family business to his drug-addicted loser son (Colin Farrell). Lastly, Day's character Dale is the assistant to a sultry dentist (Jennifer Aniston) who sexually harasses him at all hours of the workday. The plot may be far-fetched - would three well-adjusted guys really plot to kill their bosses? »

- Shannon Vestal

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Film Review: Talented Cast Carries Dark Comedy of ‘Horrible Bosses’

7 July 2011 4:00 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – There’s a theory that a film that should be judged based on how well it succeeds at what it attempts to do. If it’s a comedy, does it make you laugh? “Horrible Bosses” has some issues but it is an undeniably funny movie. With stellar comic timing from the entire ensemble and a dark streak of edgy humor with just enough wit to make it not seem cruel, this is one of the straight-up funniest movies of the year.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

The concept of Seth Gordon’s comedy is simple and relatable enough – merge Alfred Hitchcock’s “Strangers on the Train” with today’s modern workplace nightmares. Most of us have had bosses we hated. It’s just the nature of the corporate ladder. If you’re lucky, you haven’t had one that was as truly loathsome as the trio of a-holes at the core of “Horrible Bosses, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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"Horrible Bosses," reviewed

7 July 2011 9:46 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

I'm getting a little sick of reading (and saying and writing) the phrase "the plot is just a clothesline to hang the gags on" in reviews of Hollywood comedies. Yes, laughs are the most important thing in a comedy, but if laughs are the only thing in a comedy, the film might be funny, but that's all it will ever be. Seth Gordon's "Horrible Bosses" represents a welcome return to plot-based comedy. This is not a movie in which the plot is just a clothesline to hang gags on. There's an honest-to-God story here, and the more twists and turns it takes the better and funnier "Horrible Bosses" gets.

That story is simple but the execution could be tricky. Three working stiffs -- corporate drone Nick (Jason Bateman), dental hygienist Dale (Charlie Day), and manager of a small chemical company Kurt (Jason Sudekis) -- realize over one of their »

- Matt Singer

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Review: Horrible Bosses

6 July 2011 3:00 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Horrible Bosses

Stars: Jason BatemanCharlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston | Written By: Michael Markowitz | Directed By: Seth Gordon

2011 has been somewhat of a stale year for good movies from my perspective, but Horrible Bosses is starting off the second half of the year in the right direction. I went in having very high expectations, possibly the highest I’ve had for a movie this year and they were beyond exceeded. I can’t overstate how much I enjoyed this, and am hard pressed to think of a comedy I’ve enjoyed as much in recent years. The theatre I was at seemed to agree as well. Audible laughter throughout the film, sometimes louder than the film itself. I don’t think I went more than a minute or two without laughing.

The first half of the movie follows the premise of what you see in the trailers, »

- Scott Smith

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Disney Setting Up 'King of the Elves' for 2013, Brings on New Writer

4 July 2011 12:06 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

A few years back, it was reported that one of Disney's upcoming animated films, an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's King of the Elves, had been shelved because Disney wasn't satisfied with their own CG movies. Well, Variety is now reporting that the project is back on again at Walt Disney Animation for a late 2013 release. But the big reason it's back is because the script is getting an overhaul by Michael Markowitz, a TV writer credited as one of the screenwriters of Horrible Bosses, hence the timing on this news since that hits theaters this week. Chris Williams, co-director and writer of Bolt, will also be "shepherding" the project. Philip K. Dick's King of the Elves short story is a fantasy about an average man living in the Mississippi Delta, whose reluctant actions to help a desperate band of elves leads them to name him their new king. »

- Alex Billington

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Philip K. Dick to be Disneyfied!

2 July 2011 2:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The work of cult author Philip K. Dick has seen mini-resurgence in Hollywood of late. The Adjustment Bureau (an adaptation of one of his short stories) was on the big screen a month or so back, and a remake of Total Recall (from another short, We Can Remember It for You Wholesale) is currently in production. Now word comes through from Variety of yet another story being primed for production with the unlikeliest of bedfellows.

According to the site, Disney has obtained the talents of scriptwriter Michael Markowitz (Horrible Bosses) to pen King of the Elves, with a potential release date at the end of 2013 ready being mapped out. First published in 1953, it tells the story of an old man who grudgingly agrees to help a group of elves to fight off a troll and by doing so is awarded the titular position.

Chris Williams (the co-director and writer of the 2009 Disney feature, »

- Adam Lowes

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