Starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis
Directed by Seth Gordon
IMDB Rating: 6.9
A surprisingly light hearted feel-good comedy about three guys living many-a-persons dream, planning the demise of their terrible bosses!
Nick, Dale and Kurt (Bateman, Day, Sudeikis) all hate their bosses. Nick’s takes advantage of him, Dale’s makes sexual advances on him and Kurt’s is a cokehead. They eventually decide to find a way to remove their bosses, hiring a murder consultant (Jamie Foxx) to help them try and pull off three flawless murders and get away with it.
This is a basic comedy that lets the three funny leads entertain the audience with their dialogue and behaviour to each other. The story is simple – three guys trying to remove their bosses – and even though it does try and throw some twists and turns in there, it never really develops that far. You could almost guess what happens without seeing the film. It does however allow the three leads to get into some very funny scenarios and some major laugh moments!
Out of the three leads, I found Charlie Day to be the funniest. Out of the three characters, he’s was made out to be the immature, childlike one of the three, the two Jason’s characters picking up his slack and covering up his mess. This allows Charlie to be a complete idiot and gives him almost free-reign – probably the reason why he is the funniest person in the film.
Not much to comment on from Seth Gordon’s point of view. I apologise if I’m wrong (I’ve never worked in movies), but from the outside of film looking in I feel that comedies are down to the quality of the script and the quality of the delivery, more than the quality of the shots. Emotion isn’t even that important in comedies, so the actors are generally left to do what they do best – make us laugh. These types of films are as close to stand-up as they are to real drama. I’m not taking anything away from Seth Gordon, the directing in this film is solid, it’s just unspectacular and less important in this style of film than in other films.
Overall this is a film made for the audience to just relax and enjoy. Get some snacks, bring your workmates round and stick this on while thinking “why can’t we do this?”.
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