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“I don’t think you should just do what makes you happy. Do what makes you great. Do what’s uncomfortable and scary and hard but pays off in the long run. Let yourself fail. Fail and pick yourself up and fail again. Without that struggle, what is your success anyway?”

-Charlie Day

I’m gonna make you feel good with my fingers and my tongue and what not. And I’m gonna put my penis in your pussy. Yes, I’ll slap you in the face with my cock. I will slap you all over your face with my cock. I will go up AND down on you and I will rub my naked butt against your naked butt until it’s raw and red and we’re both really chafed real bad. I’ll spit on your arms and stuff. And then I’m gonna jam my skull in the crack of your ass. Yeah, baby. And I’ll dance on your boobies and I’ll jump up and down on your butt.

Horrible Bosses; Seth Gordon; 2011= Most of the comedy films released in 2011 were overshadowed by Bridesmaids, but that doesn’t mean the others should be forgotten. Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) all face problems at work. Nick’s insensitive boss Harken (Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects) promises a promotion but takes the job himself; Dale is sexually harassed by his boss Julia (Jennifer Aniston); and Kurt loved his job until the death of his boss (Donald Sutherland, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) led to a take over by the boss’s coke head son Bobby (Colin Farrell, Phone Booth). They decide to take matters in to their own hands and kill each other’s bosses, with the help of a “murder consultant” (Jamie Foxx, Due Date). It’s not long before they’re in over their heads as their carefully made plans collide. The stand out element of the film is the cast. Bateman, Day and Sudeikis are strong comedic performers in their own right, but when put together they are excellent. I love it when you can tell a comedy cast had fun shooting a film. It brings out their best and makes them gel better. The “bosses” are also brilliantly cast. Spacey is known for his ability to play sinister characters  (Seven etc) so he was perfect. Farrell is known as heartthrob and a wild boy, so they both parody that and tip it on it’s head with the make over they give him. The most amusing transformation is Aniston’s. She’s a regular fixture in rom-coms so seeing her play sexually aggressive Julia is a nice departure. The film does take a while to warm up. You know it’s about a murder plot, but it has to build up. It would be unnatural to have normal men suddenly become murderous, but it does drag a bit getting to the murder stage. I do think it’s worth the wait. When the characters start planning the film really gets going. The surprising star is Charlie Day who I was not familiar with. He is so loveable, and his childlike naivety works brilliantly opposite the other characters. I think it’s the cast and their great comedic talent which saves the film. The plot is a little uneven but the actors make it work. The humour isn’t going to work for everyone. To be honest you know what you’re going to get. It’s going to offend some people so if you don’t like the Apatow (Superbad, Get Him to the Greek) style of comedy it isn’t for you. I liked it because it doesn’t resort to toilet humour which is my pet peeve, but it isn’t for everyone. As a comedy the main goal is to entertain and after a slow start it produces many laugh out loud moments. It’s not for exactly innovative but it’s well cast and fulfils our expectations for a fun comedy.