Horrible Bosses

Theatrical Release: July 8, 2011
Horrible Bosses


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 Farrell, 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.

Dove Review

Three guys, Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day), are guys who want revenge against their despicable bosses whom they can’t stand. Nick has not won a promotion in eight years, and then to make matters worse his boss, Dave (Kevin Spacey), gives himself a promotion! Dale’s boss, played by Jennifer Aniston, sexually harasses him even though he is love with someone else, a girl named Stacy (Lindsay Sloane). Kurt is a manager at a chemicals company and when well-liked boss Jack Pellit (Donald Sutherland) dies, his nephew Bobby (Colin Farrell), who is irreverent and a cocaine addict, takes over.

There are a few laughs and likable actors, and the film hits on the realities of the recent recession, which is fine, as well as the topic of reverse sexual harassment, but it also features these three former high-school friends deciding to hire a hit man to kill their various bosses. On top of this, there are a lot of sexual innuendos and the plot which involves Dale’s boss continually attempting to seduce him. The various content issues in this film which includes well over a hundred profanities, in addition to the cocaine use, prevents us from awarding our Dove Seal to the movie as a family-friendly film.

Content Description

Sex: Frank and graphic sexual comments; comments and slang about male and female genitalia; a woman places the hand of an unconscious patient on her breast; a man believes his wife is cheating on him with several different men; two people are seen in clothed yet sexual positions in photos; implied sex outside of marriage with a few couples; a woman swats a man's rear; masseuses appear to really be prostitutes; wife cheats on husband by having sex with another man.
Language: Well over one hundred uses of strong language including the "F" word, GD and J. Language throughout.
Violence: A man dreams he tackles his boss and throws him out a window and he lands hard on a parked car; three characters have a fantasy about killing their bosses; a man says he should slash his female boss; a bar owner threatens a man with a baseball bat; a rock is thrown at a window although the window doesn't break; a character is punched and a character is repeatedly slapped; a man is shot and killed although no blood is seen; a vehicle is rammed; a character waves a gun as a threat; a character is punched and knocked down.
Drugs: A lot of drinking; cocaine usage and powder is seen; unlit cigar seen; hypo needle is used; bar scenes and beer drinking; champagne and woman drinks wine while taking a bubble bath; a large amount of cocaine is found and the guys who find it get high; it's stated a character used cocaine on several occasions.
Nudity: Strong cleavage; a woman exposes part of her breasts by only wearing an open lab coat; a woman wears a bikini; shirtless men.
Other: A few jump scenes including a vehicle suddenly ramming another vehicle; disrespectful attitudes; a few characters are seen urinating although the scenes are not graphic; some toilet humor and comments.


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Michael Markowitz & John Francis
Director: Seth Gordon
Producer: Brett Ratner
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 93 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter