FILM FANS: Watching 'Horrible Bosses' fun for some, hard work for others

Jason Bateman,  Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis are shown in a scene from "Horrible Bosses."

Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis are shown in a scene from "Horrible Bosses."

3 out of 4 stars

The theater was packed and for a good reason -- this movie was completely hilarious.

The three main characters all share something in common, they hate their bosses and are totally fed up by the way they are treated by them. They get together and create plans to "get rid of their bosses for good." The funny part about that idea is none of the three could even harm a fly.

If you want to lose yourself for a couple of hours and laugh until your cheeks hurt, this is the movie to see. It's funny enough to see twice.

-- Kelly Cain, Lawrenceville

2 1/2 out of 4 stars

While at many times "Horrible Bosses" is hilarious and captivating, it just isn't quite as fulfilling as the likes of "Office Space" or "Swimming with Sharks."

Nick Hendricks (Jason Bateman) is the middle manager of a financial cubicle farm that is run by the sadistic and boisterous Dan Harken (Kevin Spacey). Dale Arbus (Charlie Day) works as a dental assistant to the temptress Dr. Julia Harris D.D.S. who loves to cross the lines of sexual harassment. Kurt Buckman (Jason Sudeikis) is a philandering accountant at a chemical waste outfit who now reports to a real jerk in Bobby Pellitt (Colin Farrell).

With the help of M.F. Jones (Jamie Foxx), a plan is devised to kill each others' bosses, and what ensues is a film whose cast has excellent chemistry but has enough holes and a weak ending to leave a slightly bitter taste in your mouth.

-- Eddie Chin, Buford

2 out of 4 stars

The premise of this movie is that three friends each have a boss that is horrible and makes their lives miserable, so the friends decide to kill their bosses.

All three men can't just quit, according to the plot. Therefore, their only option is to kill the bosses. The plot did not ring true. All of the situations were so far beyond belief to begin with that the twists and turns seemed silly and contrived.

One could only hope that the writers poured in enough humor to make the recipe work, but evidently the writers define humor as vulgar language and sexual innuendo. The movie misses on wordplay, slapstick, timing and situational comedy, to name only a few devices. To sum it up: A great concept that was badly written and poorly executed.

I wouldn't recommend it.

-- Jenni McKinney, Buford