Why? Simply because it offered no surprises. Comedy often works best when you’re reacting to something that you never expected.
In Horrible Bosses everything happens exactly the way you’d expect it to.
Except it’s damned funny.
Having grown up watching Jason Bateman on television starting with Silver Spoons, It’s Your Move,
Valerie, The Hogan Family, and The Hogans, he was always entertaining, but like many a child star he wound up with his fair share of demons.
Which is why his return on Arrested Development was so awesome. Bateman was never not a good performer and was always likable. His was a welcome return.
And he’s the backbone of Horrible Bosses. With Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day, the trio exhibit not only a seemingly genuine friendship, but also fully fleshed out characters.
The trio are tortured in one way or another by their individual bosses; Spacey is a callow evil manipulator to Bateman, Sudeikis has to deal with Farrell, the cocaine addicted son of his recently deceased employer and Day is being sexually harassed by his horny (and somewhat crazy) dentist boss, Aniston.
What begins as a random comment becomes a plan as the friends cook up a scheme to kill their bosses. Consulting with Foxx as a “murder consultant”, they switch victims and from there the film kicks into even higher gear.
While Horrible Bosses isn’t the best film of the year so far, it is the funniest.