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Horrible Bosses (2011)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 8 July 2011 (USA)
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Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness.

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Seth Gordon

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Michael Markowitz (screenplay), John Francis Daley (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Bateman ... Nick Hendricks
Steve Wiebe ... Thomas, Head of Security
Kevin Spacey ... Dave Harken
Charlie Day ... Dale Arbus
Lindsay Sloane ... Stacy
Michael Albala ... Mr. Anderton
Jennifer Aniston ... Dr. Julia Harris, D.D.S.
Jason Sudeikis ... Kurt Buckman
Jennifer Hasty ... Kurt's Co-Worker
Reginald Ballard ... Kurt's Co-Worker
George Back George Back ... Kurt's Co-Worker
Barry Livingston ... Kurt's Co-Worker
Meghan Markle ... Jamie
Donald Sutherland ... Jack Pellit
Celia Finkelstein ... Margie Emerman
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Storyline

Nick hates his boss, mostly because he's expected to work from before sunrise to after sunset and his boss, Mr. Harken, calls him out for being a minute late and blackmails him so he can't quit. Dale hates his boss, Dr. Julia Harris, because she makes unwelcome sexual advances when he's about to get married. But Dale is on that pesky list of child offenders so he can't quit. Kurt actually likes his job and his boss, well, up until his boss dies and the boss's coked-out, psychopathic son takes over. But who would be crazy enough to quit their jobs in such poor economic times? Instead Nick, Dale and Kurt drunkenly and hypothetically discuss how to kill their bosses, and before they know it, they've hired a murder consultant to help them pull off the three deeds. Written by napierslogs

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Is your boss a total sleazy tool? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language and some drug material | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quiero matar a mi jefe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,302,165, 10 July 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$117,538,559

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$209,638,559
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(extended cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Trivia

Colin Farrell was heavily involved in the look of his character- the comb over and prosthetic stomach were his idea. He also decided his character would have an obsession with Chinese dragons, and took part in developing the design for Bobby's apartment. See more »

Goofs

When Dave Harken has an attack caused by peanuts, he falls and drops the bag - in the next shot of Dave he drops the bag again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nick Hendricks: I get to work before the sun comes up, and I leave long after it's gone down. I haven't had sex in 6 months with someone other than myself. And the only thing in my refrigerator is an old lime. Could be a kiwi, no way to tell.
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Referenced in You're the Worst: Like People (2017) See more »

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The Message
Written by Patrick Patterson and Steve Scipio
Performed by Cymande
Courtesy of J. Schroeder Enterprises Ltd. and Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Stop the Presses! A Funny Comedy for Adults
21 December 2011 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

Those who think Hollywood is no longer capable of creating a funny comedy for adults need not worry, as "Horrible Bosses" is proof that that increasingly rare phenomenon can still happen.

"Horrible Bosses" is one of those comedies like the classic "Ruthless People," in which an outrageous and dark premise works because of good writing and an ensemble that knows exactly how to handle the material for maximum comedic value. Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day play the requisite straight man, alpha male and dumbass, respectively, that male buddy comedies need, while Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell (sadly underused) play the titular bosses. All of them have a field day with their roles, and Aniston especially stands out because of the film's decision to cast her against type as a slutty, foul-mouthed sex kitten; you can almost hear Aniston sighing with relief as she gets to play something other than the cute-as-a-button girl next door.

As with most comedies, whether or not you think "Horrible Bosses" is funny will probably depend simply on whether or not you think the actors are funny. Charlie Day, for example, will likely drive some people crazy -- I thought he was hilarious.

Grade: A


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