Monday, 26 September 2011

Horrible Bosses, dir. Seth Gordon, scr. Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein, st. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey

What a cast you might think, and it doesn't stop there - Donald Sutherland makes an early appearance, as does Wendell "The Bunk" Pierce - alas Horrible Bosses never amounts to any more than the sum of its parts. Admittedly Bateman, Sudeikis and Day make for a fine comedic triumvirate, the writing's not half bad, and it's a real treat seeing Aniston embrace her character with such prurient glee, but the nagging felling it's all a bit aimless kicks in a mite early. At least Bridesmaids trod the narrow screwball/storyline interface with some degree of skill; this just feels like watching the same Saturday Night Live sketch over and over. There is a delight however, unintentional I'm sure, in watching the plot unravel in such a chaotic and anarchic way, any semblance of plot giving way to the kind of neo-slapstick these sorts of comedies tend to lean towards, and there're more than a few times you'll giggle I'm sure - Jamie Foxx's Motherfucker Jones constantly being referred to as just plain Motherfucker, in particular had the kind of logical absurdity that makes me guffaw - but there's a weightlessness to it all that's pretty unsatisfying once the credits roll.