Monday, July 11, 2011
The Ring, while devilishly scary and somewhat brilliant, stalled the horror genre in PG-13 nonsense. But with reboots (Friday the 13th, Halloween) and torture porn franchises like Saw and Final Destination making their budget back and then some, the R-rated horror flick, for better or worse, is back for blood.
And for every hacked limp and spilled intestine a Saw movie dishes out, the new slew of R-rated comedies match in dick jokes and literal shit-your-pants antics. You can credit The Hangover for proving to studios that people still love raunchy dialogue, kinkily awkward sex and the varying art of making flatulence sound funny.
Most of the time, these new trends fail to produce a worthwhile film, but in the rarest of cases, as with Bridesmaids and now Horrible Bosses, the R-rated comedy has every right to let its freak flag fly.
Horrible Bosses is essentially a contemporary spin on Hitchcock’s Stranger’s on a Train (which the film proudly makes direct note of). Instead of two strangers agreeing to kill each other’s enemies, we have three best friends willing to knock off each other’s bosses.
Jason Bateman (in arguably is best Jason-Bateman-talks-really-fast-with-perfect-timing role since Arrested Development) is sick of his demonic boss, played by Kevin Spacey (basically revisiting his Swimming with Sharks character circa 2011, which is a compliment). Charlie Day (having a blast doing all the things he can’t do on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), wants his sex-pot boss (a perfectly against-type Jennifer Anniston) gone. While Jason Sudeikis (miles away from the staleness of Hall Pass) wants his cokehead boss (scene stealer Colin Farrell, sporting the worst haircut in film since Javier Bardem in No County for Old Men) out of the equation.
It’d be fruitless to explain all the absurd situations these three find themselves in; you’re far better off seeing for yourself. But I will say that their inexperience leads them to many uncomfortable situations, most hilariously with a murder consultant (Jamie Foxx) whose character name is as good as any I’ve heard in the last 10 years.
Posted by Alex Withrow