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Horrible Bosses

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All-star comedy is pretty raunchy -- and hilarious.
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  • Review Date: July 8, 2011
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The three main characters each have a serious problem to solve, with seemingly no easy or rational way out. Their behavior -- planning to murder their "horrible bosses" -- is inexcusable, but the movie shows that none of them would really go through with it. The fact that they actually take steps to solve their problems is somewhat admirable, and in the end they do learn to be (slightly) more responsible.

Positive role models

Kurt is a serial seducer who sleeps with at least two women during the course of the movie, and Nick seems like the most calculating (and therefore the most likely to go through with the plan). Dale isn't as smart as the other two, but of the three main characters, he seems to have the best heart and is usually the one who suggests doing the right thing. The bosses, of course, have no redeeming qualities.

Violence

One character pulls out a gun, fires several shots, and kills a man; there's a little blood. In another scene, a character stabs a man several times with a hypodermic needle in an effort to alleviate a fatal allergic reaction. A character is punched out. The main characters also sometimes squabble amongst themselves, slapping and hitting each other. One is sexually harassed by his boss.

Sex

No nudity, but very heavy sexual innuendo. One female character is constantly trying to seduce a male character. She appears with nothing on except a lab coat (which covers all her sensitive parts), taunts him with phallic imagery, and uses strong sexual language. One of the main characters is a serial seducer; he flirts with several women and sleeps with at least two of them (off screen). Another man also flirts with, kisses, and fondles many women. There's a scene involving a man who urinates on other men for pleasure, but nothing is shown.

Language

Almost-constant strong language includes nonstop use of words including "f--k" and "s--t" (in all their variations), plus "p---y," "bitch," "a--hole," "c--k," "prick," "d--k," "balls," vagina," "faggot," "damn," "crap," "hand job," "goddamn," "douchebag," and "Jesus" (as an exclamation).

Consumerism

A mention of Applebee's, an image of a FedEx delivery person, and an image of someone playing Angry Birds.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One of the bad guys has a cocaine habit, though he's never seen snorting. The main characters accidentally drop a box containing cocaine and get a massive contact high from breathing the airborne powder. One of the heroes is tricked into gulping a glass of Scotch at work. The guys drink beer in a bar after work.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this funny-but-raunchy comedy earns its R rating with scenes that include violence (guns and shooting, some fighting), heavy sexual innuendo (though no nudity), and almost constant foul language (including "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," and much more). Plus, one of the movie's villains has a cocaine problem, and the main characters are seen (accidentally) getting high as well as drinking. Of the three main characters (played by Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day), one is a serial seducer who sleeps with more than one woman during the movie, but the others -- despite planning to murder their evil bosses (Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, and Jennifer Aniston) -- are generally good-hearted people.

What's the story?

Hoping for an elusive promotion, Nick (Jason Bateman) is forced to suck up to a maniacal CEO (Kevin Spacey); Dale (Charlie Day) is engaged to be married but works for a sexy, sexually aggressive dentist (Jennifer Aniston); and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) finds his dream job at a chemical plant threatened when the boss' cocaine-addicted son (Colin Farrell) unexpectedly takes charge. After work, the three friends share their woes and come up with the idea to murder all three HORRIBLE BOSSES. They hire a "consultant" (Jamie Foxx) and begin preparing for their homicidal plan. But it's not long before things go horribly, hilariously awry.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Director Seth Gordon (The King of Kong, Four Christmases) has the good sense to simply step aside here, letting his cast goof around and bounce off of one another like so many rubber balls. Each character finds a nice niche and runs with it: Bateman plays the straight man, Day is the "dumb one," and Sudeikis finds a nice middle ground. The villains are clearly having a terrific time, too; Aniston is at the top of her game, and Spacey is on familiar territory. Only Farrell seems to be trying something new here with broad comedy, and it fits him well (it appears, judging from the bloopers at the end, that some of his scenes didn't make the final cut, which is a shame).

 

Especially cathartic for today's luckless job-seekers, the movie's humor is highly raunchy, but it has enough inventively playful moments between characters to make the movie memorable for a long time to come. Expect many genuine belly laughs, rather than just the usual surprised chuckles.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether the main characters are sympathetic and/or admirable people. What makes them different from their bosses?

  • At least two characters think about sex most of the time and sleep with more than one partner. Is this a healthy outlet for them? What could they do differently?

  • Do the horrible bosses qualify as bullies? What are some more positive ways to handle bullies?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 8, 2011
DVD release date:October 11, 2011
Cast:Charlie Day, Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis
Director:Seth Gordon
Studios:New Line, Warner Bros.
Genre:Comedy
Run time:100 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:crude and sexual content, pervasive language and some drug material

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Teen, 14 years old Written byeazy__breezy October 19, 2014

Adult Movie

Horrible Bosses is a comedy that is very funny, That being said, most of the humor revolves around sexual/sex jokes. The other bit of the humor is made up of cursing and drugs. A woman is very horny throughout the film, and she is always trying to seduce her male assistant. This goes on for the entire film, and is quite inappropriate. Their are many other sexual things that are said and some other sexual things that happen as well. The language is bad, I think it has over 100 f-bombs. Their is really no positive messages in this film, except one character does stay loyal to his finacee throughout. Point being, this is an ADULT ONLY FILM. I was wrong to watch it myself, and i'm i'm 100% sure that this film should only be watched by adults
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written byMovieLoverJulito December 2, 2012

Hillarious, not for kids under 17

This movie is hillarious but is not for kids under 17 it has lots of sex talks, lots of swearing, and a little violence. It has brief nudity in one scene but no complete nudity. If you are going to take your sons to the theater or watch it in dvd think it twice.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byCovertOps99 August 6, 2012

Great cast, Bad movie

For this great of a cast I was hoping for something better. Each boss has either violence, sex, or drugs. The violence in this movie is when one of thier bosses tries to kill them. The Sex is when one boss trys to sexualy harass one of the them. You see her naked in a lab coat for one scene and in another scene she is half naked and she sucks a popsicle, a bananna, then a hot dog in front of them. There is also one scene when he calls his boss and explains in order how they are going to have sex. The drugs is when they go to one of the bosses' house and they see cocaine. This movie is ok, but I recommend others such as The Hangover.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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