Imagine the scene. You’re a big Hollywood executive. As you sit resplendent on your golden reclining office chair, face buried in a desk of cocaine that would make Scarface blush, you ponder quietly to yourself: what will make me more money? You’re running out of ideas for sequels, comic book adaptations and remakes. I mean, you’ve already run out of good films to remake, so you’re forced to remake crap ones (I’m talking about you here, unnecessary Conan the Barbarian remake). And you’ve already rebooted Spiderman about six times this morning! What other established, guaranteed, investor-pleasing markets are there?
Bingo! Hating your boss. That’s a surefire demo, right there. Everyone hates their boss, right?
Thus probably went the genesis for Horrible Bosses, the latest mega-blokey, high-concept, sex-heavy summer comedy coming to a multiplex near you. In fairness, the trailer does provide a few chuckles, and they have assembled an impressive cast – alongside these-sorts-of-comedies staples Bateman, Sudeikis and Aniston, they have Kevin Spacey and an almost-unrecognisable Colin Farrell as two of the eponymous bosses, in some rather neat casting. And they’ve got Bunk from The Wire! OMFG!
But it’s hard to avoid the impossible feeling that this is another high concept pitch tied precariously together with some wacky set pieces (look! Jen is simulating oral sex with various bits of food which looks like willies!), the funniest of which are already seen in the trailer. It doesn’t look that horrible, but do we really need all our funnies in the Todd Phillips mould? Horrible Bosses is released July 8th. Expect a sequel before Christmas.