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Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey ... see more see more... , Jamie Foxx , Colin Farrell , Donald Sutherland , Julie Bowen , Isaiah Mustafa

For Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day), the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses (Kevin Spacey, Colin Fa... read more read more...rrell, Jennifer Aniston) into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few-too-many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con (Jamie Foxx), the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers... permanently. There's only one problem: even the best laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them. -- (C) Warner Bros

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DVD Release Date: October 11, 2011

Stats: 11,429 reviews

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  • fb100000293612769
    December 14, 2013
    It's a relatively watchable comedy. Aniston and Day are reliably funny, and there are some laugh-out-loud moments. Nonetheless, as expected with modern comedies, the script and storyline are mediocre. It's still entertaining. Just average. Not horrible. Not brilliant. It's a harm... read moreless way to spend an hour and a half.
  • October 21, 2013
    Solid acting performances from the cast and a brisk fun pace save the movie from its rather thin plot.
  • fb1442511448
    July 29, 2013
    The amount of crude humor and vulgarity goes well to make this a pretty well-developed film. The team of Bateman, Day & Sudekis along with the antagonist-trio of Spacey, Aniston & Farrell provide both starpower and charm to this outrageous comedy. 4/5
  • June 1, 2013
  • April 28, 2013
    Not sure why I watched this one, but I did laugh here and there.
    Jennifer Aniston is actually funny as a sex-crazed boss who is quite demanding of a particular employee; and I think you can imagine in what way. So I guess I have to like her now.
    And the rest of the well assembled... read more cast contribute in keeping things amusing. Jason Bateman's turn to comedy is an example of an actor figuring out what works for them which is something we need to see more of. Is it me or do we need to lighten up a little? lol
    There's one quote that I found particularly funny. Something about bending a woman over and showing her the 50 states. That's a new one to me. :)
  • February 3, 2013
    Funny movie about three best buddies who hate their bosses. Like strangers on a train, they plot to kill each other's bosses. It's a bit off the wall like the Hangover. Good plot and cast. Funniest scenes are with Kevin Spacey. Strong language. Jennifer looks great but either has... read more been airbrushed or has had some work done.
  • October 7, 2012
    I don't get what all the hype was about. Amusing, but not particularly inspired.
  • October 3, 2012
    A really enjoyable story about what most people have thought about at some point in their lives. Great characters, great actors and a fantastic plot. Highly recommended.
  • August 5, 2012
    The main focuses are the bosses played by Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston. While Spacey portays a twisted yet powerful man, Aniston is a seductive and crazy dentist. Although people complain about it having so many cliches, to be honest, its difficult to make a film with no cli... read moreches these days. However, there are certain jokes that are made which do take it too far.

    Horrible Bosses will not appeal to all,but will send many who watch it laughing their socks off.
  • July 27, 2012
    Irritating to the point of almost unwatchable. There is nothing remotely funny in following these unbearable retards amid stupid gags and homophobic/racist/sexist remarks all over. Besides, Charlie Day is a horrible actor who thinks yelling in a high pitch makes him funny - it do... read moreesn't.

Critic Reviews

David Jenkins
July 19, 2011
David Jenkins, Time Out

Gordon knows what works and what doesn't, pushing the leads' chummy chemistry to the fore while allowing the schematic and, frankly, highly unlikely murder plot to sink into the background. Full Review

Richard Brody
July 18, 2011
Richard Brody, New Yorker

The movie's main thrust is lowball wish fulfillment, which comes too cheaply. Full Review

Sam Adams
July 10, 2011
Sam Adams, Los Angeles Times

A lot of low-stakes humor, occasionally brought off by a mostly ingratiating cast. Full Review

James Berardinelli
July 10, 2011
James Berardinelli, ReelViews

For something like Horrible Bosses to sparkle, the actors have to shine... and shine they do. Full Review

Peter Rainer
July 8, 2011
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

The coarseness wouldn't be so bad if at least the steady stream of obscenities were funny. But there is, after all, an art to talking dirty. Full Review

Christopher Orr
July 8, 2011
Christopher Orr, The Atlantic

Horrible Bosses offers a reminder that adherence to formula may not be among the signal virtues of comedy, but--provided the jokes are funny--it's no great vice either. Full Review

Lisa Kennedy
July 8, 2011
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

As they say, the best laid plans go oft awry. So what transpires in a comedy about the worst-laid schemes? These guys don't seem built for premeditated murder but are perfectly capable of mayhem. Full Review

Logan Hill
July 8, 2011
Logan Hill, New York Magazine/Vulture

Still, Day's scene involving a mountain of cocaine is hyperspeed-hilarious, Farrell's unhinged, irrational fuming is marvelously cretinous, and Aniston's fully committed sex-addict sexpot act is wicke... Full Review

Adam Graham
July 8, 2011
Adam Graham, Detroit News

Horrible Bosses takes a dark premise -- three buddies band together to off their bosses -- and rings it for a solid, steady stream of laughs. Full Review

Richard Roeper
July 8, 2011
Richard Roeper, Richard

The screenplay is a hit and miss; but there are some laughs. Full Review

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    • Kurt: If Nick and I were in a prison who do you think would be raped more??
    • Dale: Nick.
    • Kurt: Nick, really? Huh.
    • Nick: My boss, who we're planning to kill is dying... And you save his life!!!!
    • Dale: Well it sounds bad when you say it like that.
    • Dale: Penis?!
    • Dave Harken: PEANUTS!
    • Dale: Oh my god, peanuts! Your allergic to peanuts!
    • Kurt: I'd sure like to bend her over the barrel and show her 50 states.
    • Jack Pellit: Life is a marathon and you can't win a marathon without putting a few Band-Aids on your nipples.
    • Nick Hendricks: I was drag racing.
    • Officer Wilkens: In a Prius?
    • Nick Hendricks: I don't win a lot.

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