Welcome to BBTB’s first film review:-
First things first, Horrible Bosses is crude; in similar style to The Hangover. I probably should have paid more attention to this before dragging my poor mother along.
The film’s workplace dynamics are as follows:-
Nick’s boss, Mr Harken (Kevin Spacey) is humiliating him and working him round the clock.
Dale’s boss, Dr Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston), is sexually harassing him at work.
Kurt’s boss, Bobby Pellit (Colin Farrell) is a coke addicted psychopath.
The main employer/employee relationship is that of Nick and Mr Harken (Spacey), with Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell playing for laughs, and crude laughs at that. Personally, I could have done with the whole movie drawn on Kevin Spacey and his worker. They had something there. Take it from someone who knows what it’s like to have a boss look you in the eye and tell you they’ll wreck your future chances of employment if you leave – Kevin Spacey was on the money. In a movie of one-dimensional characters, there was surprising depth to his carrot/stick abuse of Nick.
The first half of the movie is completely contrived. “But why don’t you just get another job?” one of them asks the other after they tell their horror stories over rounds of beer. Cue the co-incidental and timely arrival of an old school chum, once voted most likely to succeed, who is now a begging ex-Lehman Brother employee who’s been out of work so long he’s forced into offering the guys hand jobs for money. Yep. It’s THAT clunkly.
Nevertheless, the movie improves as it goes on. The empowerment the guys feel when they decide to go up against their bosses is spot on and funny. There are plenty of twists and Jamie Foxx’s character has his moments. The soundtrack was also good.
Overall though, as with real life, it’s the subtleties of workplace bullying rather than the crude incidents that you remember. It’s Nick having to drink a tumbler of whiskey at 8.30am because his boss said so. Doesn’t sound like much – but that’s the awful truth of workplace bullying – the things that don’t sound much are the most torturous.
So what did Mrs BBTB senior think? Being well acquainted with HOWARD, she wasn’t too shocked at the bosses behaviour. She did think the swearing, crude, misogynistic, racist and homophobic jokes were a little much. How did she put it?
It was hard work!
For a film that was 9 to 5 meets The Hangover, I give it 5 out of 10.
- Bullied By The Boss
- Welcome to my blog. My pen name is Eva James. I'm an aspiring writer paying the bills working as a legal secretary. Relentlessly bullied by my former boss, I looked for another job but the recession hit. Feeling trapped, I recorded everything in this blog, which serves as a revealing insight into workplace bullying. WEEK 1 starts the story and, as the weeks progress, you'll note what starts as banter soon spirals out of control. Sadly, it's all true. Whilst along the way I've found alternative employment, my passion for blogging about workplace bullying remains. Trevor Griffiths, legendary theatre, TV and film writer said at the outset, "I like the writing a lot: smart, cool, placed. If you were prepared/able to take your prick of a boss on, you'd marmelise him."