Tuesday, August 23, 2011




HORRIBLE BOSSES (2011) Synopsis / Review / Plot

Nick Hendricks (Jason Bateman) and Dale Arbus (Charlie Day) are friends who despise their bosses. Nick works at a financial firm for emotionally-abusive Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey) who dangles the possibility of a promotion to Nick, only to award it to himself. Dale suffers sexual harassment from his boss Dr. Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston) who threatens to falsely tell Dale's fiancee (Lindsay Sloane) that he had sex with her unless he actually has sex with her. Nick and Dale's friend Kurt Buckman (Jason Sudeikis) enjoys his job under his boss Jack Pellitt (Donald Sutherland) but after Jack dies from a heart attack, the company is taken over by Jack's cocaine-addicted, amoral son Bobby (Colin Farrell).
At night, over drinks, Kurt jokingly suggests that their lives would be happier if their bosses were no longer around. Initially hesitant, they eventually agree to the idea. In search of a hit-man, the trio travel to a bar and meet Motherfucker Jones (Jamie Foxx), an ex-con who agrees to be their "murder consultant". Jones suggests that Dale, Kurt and Nick kill each other's bosses to hide their motive while making the deaths look like an accident.
The three perform reconnaissance on Bobby's house and Kurt steals Bobby's phone. They next go to Harken's house. Kurt and Nick go inside while Dale waits in the car. Harken returns to his house and confronts Dale for littering, but then has an allergy attack from the peanut butter on the litter. Dale saves Harken by stabbing him with an EpiPen. Nick and Kurt, watching from the window, think Dale is stabbing Harken to death and flee the house, Kurt accidentally dropping Bobby's phone in Harken's bedroom. Harken's wife Rhonda (Julie Bowen) arrives home and thanks Dale for saving her husband, causing Harken to jealously accuse her of having an affair with Dale. The next night, while Kurt observes Julia's home, Nick and Dale wait outside Pellitt's and Harken's houses to commit the murders. Harken discovers Bobby's cellphone in his bedroom and uses it to find Bobby's address, suspecting his wife is having an affair. He drives to Bobby's home and kills him as Nick secretly witnesses the event.
Nick flees at high speed, setting off a nearby traffic camera. The three friends meet up to discuss their reservations about continuing with the plan. They are arrested by the police who feel the traffic camera footage make them suspects in Bobby's murder. Lacking evidence, the police are forced to let the trio go free. They consult with Jones again but learn that he has never actually killed anyone, having been imprisoned for bootlegging a film. They realize that their only option is to gain a confession from Harken using an audio recorder. The three crash a surprise birthday party for Harken. Nick and Dale successfully get him to confess to the murder before realizing that Kurt, who has the audio recorder, is elsewhere having sex with Rhonda. Harken threatens to kill all three for attempting to blackmail him and they again flee by car. Harken gives chase, ramming their vehicle while Kurt asks his car's navigation-system operator to help get them out of trouble. Believing they have committed a crime, the operator remotely disables Kurt's car, allowing Harken catch and hold them at gunpoint. Harken shoots himself in the leg as he details his plan to frame them for Bobby's murder and accuse them of attempting to kill him to remove the witness.
The police arrive and arrest Nick, Dale and Kurt but the operator reveals that the entire conversation was recorded. Harken is arrested and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison while the friends are able to get their charges waived. In the aftermath, Nick is promoted to President of the company under a sadistic CEO, Kurt retains his job under a new boss and Dale blackmails Julia into ending her harassment by convincing her to sexually harass an unconscious patient while Jones secretly records the act.


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