The outrageous comedy Horrible Bosses is this week’s DVD Pick of the Week.
Nick, Dale and Kurt are three friends who each have a problem: they hate their boss. With their professional lives crumbling before their eyes and quitting not an option, these pals decide to help themselves out by murdering one another’s boss, a decision reached after one too many drinks at the local bar. A bumbling comedy of errors, Horrible Bosses is a laugh-a-minute riot about going to extremes.
The all-star cast featuring Jason Bateman (Nick), Charlie Day (Dale), and Jason Sudeikis (Kurt) give top notch performances as the trio of tortured employees who are at their wits’ end with their over-bearing employers. And just who are these horrible bosses? In a stroke of genius casting-against-type, Jennifer Aniston stars as Dr. Julia Harris, a dentist who continuously sexually harasses and blackmails Dale, and an almost-unrecognizable Colin Farrell who hides being a pot belly and bald cap as the boorish boss of Kurt. Rounding out the bevy of bad bosses is Kevin Spacey whose performance as the masochistic Dave is reminiscent of his stand-out performance as the belligerent boss in the classic cult film Swimming with Sharks. Look for a hilarious cameo by Jamie Foxx as a hustling ex-con “murder consultant.”
The film’s cast answered a few questions about their new comedy. Read below to find out what Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudiekis had to say about Horrible Bosses.
QUESTION: Is this film really about killing your boss or is it just an adventure and an excuse to have fun?
– CHARLIE DAY: The film is about what could go wrong if you tried to kill you boss. It's a moral tale I think. It's a cautionary tale because it doesn't work out so well for these guys.
QUESTION: Do you think the current financial crisis has anything to do with why this film was made?
– CHARLIE DAY: I bet that's why it got made it now.
– JASON SUDEIKIS: I think the financial crisis going on in the world and probably the financial success of a movie like The Hangover. I believe it's the culmination of those two things that got this puppy made. One of the conceits that we have to deal with in the movie is how to have three seemingly normal, nice guys want to commit murder.
– JASON SUDEIKIS: We sort of had to “X” off all the rational thinking and the state of the economy obviously was a big factor.
– CHARLIE DAY: I think 95 percent of people probably could not afford to just quit their job if they didn't like their boss, especially now with what's going on around the world. This is global.
– JASON BATEMAN: But they might be able to scrap together enough cash to hire a hit man.
– CHARLIE DAY: And this movie tells you what's going to happen if you try that.
QUESTION: Who do you think is the most damaging of all the bosses?
– CHARLIE DAY: [to Bateman] Kevin Spacey's really turning your screws in an emotional way.
– JASON BATEMAN: I don't like the way he treats Dale at all. Although Donald Sutherland is actually the most damaging because he sets up your [Sudeikis] expectations for what a boss needs to be.
– CHARLIE DAY: And then just ditches you.
– JASON BATEMAN: And when he goes away, you are so upset that you entertain the thought of killing him.
– JASON SUDEIKIS: That's very true.