COMEDY; 1hr 38min
STARRING: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston
Toxic shocker: from left, Spacey, Bateman and Day
Had a lousy day at work? Spare a thought for Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day) and Kurt (Sudeikis), who are inflicted with the worst bosses in the world, bar none. Nick’s office boss is Dave (Kevin Spacey, toxic and loving it), aka “Total Fucking Asshole,” to quote the helpful onscreen summary. Dental nurse Dale is saddled with sex-obsessed “Evil Crazy Bitch” dentist Julia (Aniston, all businesslike sizzle) while accountant Kurt is lumbered with his late employer’s “Dipshit Cokehead Son,” Bobby (Colin Farrell, barely recognisable beneath a tragic comb-over).
Is it any wonder the basically amiable but pushed-beyond-their-limits lads would like to see their tormentors dead? However, killing people is no cakewalk when you’re clueless — and this lot can’t exit a carpark without messing up. So ineptitude is the name of the comedy game in this happily demented buddy funny business from director Seth Gordon, which operates on the pretzel-logic Hangover principle of every single thing going terribly wrong. It’s featherbrained, risqué and preposterous beyond reason, but there’s a lot to be said for keeping on keeping on as your night goes loco.