I’m already pumped about the sequel, because this is one of my favorite comedies. The premise is simple. Three guys (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudekis) each have a total nightmare of a boss (Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell). The guys enlist the help of a “lowlife” played by Jamie Foxx to help kill their bosses. If that cast isn’t enough to get you on board, then you don’t trust joy.
None of the three leads are far outside of their normal zones as performers. Bateman is affable, a little low-key, and kind of the most realistic, down-to-earth character in the film. Sudekis is a loveable douchebag. And Charlie Day is a spastic guy who is sometimes too nice for his own good. These guys play off of each other remarkably well.
But it’s the bosses that make the film sing. Spacey is the worst kind of abusive authoritarian a-hole that anyone who has worked in an office feels like they know (except they probably aren’t anywhere near this bad, really). Aniston takes sexual harassment to remarkable heights. And Colin Farrell let the makeup guys turn him into a hideous parody of an aging “playa” with no style and less sense.
Films like this often coast on the charm of the players, but this one actually has an interesting plot and a couple of nifty surprises. It seems entirely unlikely that the sequel will reach this level of quality, but even at half as good, it’ll be worth watching.
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