Saturday, July 9, 2011

Phil sees HORRIBLE BOSSES at the Camera 7 Pruneyard-July 9, 2011

There's nothing better than sleeping in late on a Saturday morning. However, the next best thing is seeing a movie first thing in the afternoon. And lucky for me, the Camera 7 in the Pruneyard Campbell was having a 12 o'clock screening of the new comedy HORRIBLE BOSSES. Yes my friends, this is the way to start off your Saturday.

The film centers on three, disgruntled best friends Nick, Kurt, and Dale (Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day respectively), all who cannot stand their bosses. Nick's boss Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey) is a psychotic tyrant who just loves to his life miserable. Accountant Kurt Buckman's boss was a great until he died of a heart attack, leaving his paranoid, karate obsessed, cokehead son Bobby Pellit (Colin Farrell) in charge, who wants to fire everybody and destroy the company's good name. Dental assistant Kurt is madly in love with his fiancee, but that hasn't stop his sex-crazed boss Dr. Julia Harris, DDS (Jennifer Aniston) from propositioning herself to him. Over several drinks, the three friends decided to kill their bosses, They enlist the aid of an alleged hitman (Jamie Foxx) who suggests they kill each others bosses as to not get the blame for it. What happens next is balls to the wall comedy. Seriously, it's hysterical!

The film works on so many levels, but it helps if you have a great script (thanks to screenwriters Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley, and Jonathan Goldstein) and the cast for pulling it off, making it so believable and unbelievably funny! There are no weak links in the film, but major props goes to Aniston, who sidesteps away from the usual, predictable roles she's known for. Also her performance as the sex-starved Harris gives new meaning to the word "maneater," which made me feel kinda funny. Like "when I use to climb the rope in gym class" kinda funny.

Kudos also to director Seth Gordon for bringing it all together. Gordon started off his career with his amazing underdog documentary film THE KING OF KONG: A FISTFULL OF QUARTERS. Then Hollywood came calling, and he was soon directing the film FOUR CHRISTMASES as well as TV shows like THE OFFICE and MODERN FAMILY. Gordon really does a fantastic job of getting the best laughs out of his cast. Also, stick around for the credits at the end, and see what I mean.

HORRIBLE BOSSES is a smart, hilarious, sexy, and killer comedy that will be the surprise hit of the summer. Not much has been said or printed about the film, which to me is good news. Remember what happened to last year's sleeper comedy hit THE HANGOVER? The reason that film became so big was through word of mouth. The very same thing could happen for this film as well. So get off that computer of yours and run down to the Camera Cinemas and see this film! That way, when this film blows up, you can have the bragging rights to say that you saw it before it got big!

HORRIBLE BOSSES is now playing in theaters nationwide, including at the Camera Cinemas here in the South Bay. To view showtimes, visit their website at

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the show!

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