Horrible Bosses (Blu-ray)
When the concept of HORRIBLE BOSSES was first announced I had mixed feelings. On one hand I thought it was a great idea that, if done correctly, could end up being one of the better comedies out there. However, if it wasn’t in the hands of the right people it could end up being worse than 2011’s BAD TEACHER. The film needed the perfect combination of talented actors, clever writers and a director that would keep an appropriate pace for a comedy which includes not lingering on jokes or relying on the big name bosses (Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey) instead of the three main stars (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis). Lucky for us, a perfect storm did converge and gave audiences a comedy that isn’t just funny, but is funny enough to revisit over and over again.
Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day) and Kurt (Sudeikis) are three guys who (like many of us have been at one point in our lives) are burdened with horrible bosses. Nick has to deal with Dave Harken (Spacey) who has just passed him over for a promotion. Dale has a daily battle with his boss, Julia (Aniston), who takes sexual harassment to a new level, and Kurt has to deal with his former bosses son, Bobby (Farrell), who is an immature jerk with a cocaine problem. When our three characters decide that they’ve had enough and need to deal with the problem, they hire a murder consultant Mr. Jones (played by Jaime Foxx) and make plans to take out each other’s bosses.
The one thing that shines most in this comedy is the ensemble of Bateman, Day and Sudeikis. These three really are the next generation of comedians. They each have great individual screen presence but together they are a force to be reckoned with. When this film was first viewed in theaters I remember being anxious to watch it again because there were parts that were missed because the audience was laughing so hard. Upon re-watching this time I’m happy to report that it was just as funny the second go around and was even better with the extended edition included in this Blu-ray.
Although the acting was superb, it must be said that none of this could have been successful without the great crew of screenwriters. Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who are all mostly television writers. These three put together a script that was so perfectly paced and balanced that the audience never got bored and rarely ever stopped laughing.
It’s tough to judge what makes a good comedy and even tougher to find one that will stand up to multiple viewings, but I believe HORRIBLE BOSSES is one of those rare films that is for everyone. In a year where raunchy comedies have stepped forward and taken over the box office, it’s nice that a movie can get some major laughs without having to rely on nudity or toilet jokes. It’ll actually be nice to recommend a comedy to my parents and grandparents without giving a list of chapters on the disc they should skip.
Video: The colors are crisp and clean even during the nighttime scenes, truly a pleasure to watch.
Audio: There’s not a lot of opportunity for the surround sound features, but when used the audio comes through beautifully.
The “Totally Inappropriate” edition has about 8 minutes of additional footage.
My Least Favorite Career (5:01): This is a little feature with the stars and director talking about their worst bosses in real life. It’s a pretty cute featurette, but could have been cut down even a little more if they would have left out the film clips.
Surviving A Horrible Boss (6:29): Even though this sounds like a featurette about ways to survive your horrible boss, it’s actually more of a short making of featurette that has the actors and director talking about the film. Sadly, there are still a lot of clips interspersed throughout this, but it’s still entertaining. However, there are a couple of clever scenes that didn’t end up being used which was fun to watch.
Being Mean Is So Much Fun (7:07): This is actually about the film from the bosses perspective. So we get to see Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell chime in on what it was like to work on the film.
The Making of the Horrible Bosses Soundtrack (6:22): This is just what it sounds like, we get to hear from a variety of musicians and bands about what they thought of the film and how much fun it was to contribute.
Deleted Scenes (10:22): Surprisingly these weren’t as funny as you would think, so thankfully they didn’t make it into the film. The deleted scenes do also include a couple of alternate openings which were also not up to par.