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Two Jews on Film: Horrible Bosses-Movie Review

By Joan Alperin Schwartz

July 7, 2011 | 10:38 am

Video by Joan and John Schwartz

The main thing I want when I watch a comedy…is to laugh…alot….And that is exactly what happened when I saw, director Seth Gordon’s new film, ‘Horrible Bosses’. This is a very funny comedy.

Nick Hendricks (Jason Bateman) has been working 12 hour days at Comnidyne Industries and swallowing all the abuse his twisted, sadistic, control freak boss, Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey) throws at him. Nick even had to miss his Gam Gam’s funeral because Harken made him work. But Nick’s convinced it’s all worth it. Afterall, he’s next in line to become the Senior Vice President of Sales . Only it doesn’t happen. Dave decides to award the position to…himself. Now, Nick’s boss is not only the President, but also The Senior Veep.

Nick’s buddy, dental assistant, Dale Arbus (Charlie Day) spends every minute of his work-day fighting off the advances of his sex-crazed, nympho boss Dr. Julia Harris (the very funny Jennifer Anniston). Dr. Harris puts the X in X-rated. She’s always feeling everyone up…herself, her unconscious dental patients and especially…Dale. Harris is determined to have sex with Dale. It doesn’t bother her that Dale is engaged. And Dale can’t quit his job because…He happens to be a registered sex offender. One night, long ago, Dale had to pee…really badly…Unfortunately, he picked a local playground to relieve himself. Even though the park was empty, Dale got nailed and he’s now considered a Sexual Deviant.

Last but definitely not least is…Accountant, Kurt Buckman (Jason Sudeikis)...Kurt’s boss, Jack Pellit (Donald Sutherland has just died. The new owner of the Pellit Chemical Company is none other than Jack’s coke head, sex crazed, freak of a son…Bobby (the fantastic and unrecognizible Colin Farrell). All Bobby wants to do is bleed the Company dry. He plans on funnelling toxic waste into the ocean so he can save money. It doesn’t matter to Bobby that he’ll wind up poisioning thousands of people. If that’s not bad enough, Bobby orders Kurt to fire all the fat people and that handicap guy that rolls around in that strange, weird chair.

Three friends…Three ‘Horrible Bosses’...What to do? Well, it’s simple. Drive to the worst part of town, walk into a bar filled with African Americans and ask the bartender if he knows any…‘hit-men’. They don’t exactly get a hit man…What they do get is…Dean (‘MF’) Jones (Jamie Foxx) an ex-con and self described…Murder Consultant…who is nice enough to work on a ‘sliding scale’.

The three friends, with Dean’s help, come up with a plan straight out of Alfred Hitchock’s ‘Stranger On A Train’ and…absolutely nothing…goes as planned.

‘Horrible Bosses’ is an outrageous comedy with great characters, wonderful actors with brilliant comic timing and a story that everyone can relate to. The jokes all work and just like John and myself…(Two Jews On Film), I bet you will give this film…a very high bagel score.

‘Horrible Bosses’ opens in theaters, Friday, July 15, 2011.

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