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“Horrible Bosses”
a review by Darby O’Gill

It’s finally here, hands down the best comedy of the summer! Horrible Bosses is this year’s The Hangover, which is good news, because this year’s The Hangover Part II was horrible! An all-star cast leads the way with a witty script that’s just plain fun! Nick Hendricks (Jason Bateman) is the definition of a hard working employee that’s just days away from finally getting that big promotion. The only problem is his self-centered dick of a boss, Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey). Kurt Buckman (Jason Sudeikis) is the son his boss never had… If only he didn’t actually have a son. And, when said son, Bobby Pellit (Colin Farrell) inherits the family business, Kurt quickly finds himself hating his once loved job. Dale Arbus (Charlie Day) is a dental assistant, whose boss, Dr. Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston) doesn’t quite get the concept of a sexual harassment free work environment. So, when these three friends finally get pushed to their absolute breaking point, the only logical conclusion is to kill their bosses, or at least hire someone that can get the job done. Enter “Motherfucker” Jones (Jamie Foxx), the trio’s new murder consultant.

Horrible Bosses is not going to change the world, but one thing is for sure, it will make you laugh from start to finish. From director Seth Gordon, the same man that brought us the brilliant documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, comes a new instant classic. I have a feeling this will go right up there with the likes of Office Space, and Swingers. I realize that’s a pretty tall order, but this is one of the few movies I got to see this year that I wanted to see again almost the second it was over. The chemistry amongst the cast is fantastic! They may not be reinventing the wheel, but they sure as hell are having a good time spinning it! Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) completely steals the show, but Jamie Foxx is a close second. The weakest performance might surprise you. I would have to say it’s Kevin Spacey. It’s not that he gives a bad performance, but it’s just that he’s played this character a thousand times before. The one that will instantly come to mind is his performance as Buddy Ackerman in Swimming with Sharks. As much as I enjoy Spacey’s work, I think this role is just a little too close to his stereo-typical type casting for him. Without a doubt the most unrecognizable actor in Horrible Bosses is Colin Farrell. To say it’s Colin Farrell as you’ve never seen him before, would be an under statement. The bottom line on this one is that you just have to see it!

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“The Switch”
a review by Darby O’Gill

It might not be the most believable or plausible storyline of the year, but the new Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman movie The Switch just might surprise you. It’s a rom/com that deals with artificial insemination, and a situation that would definitely make Three’s Company proud. In The Switch, Wally (Bateman), a full blown hypochondriac and self saboteur, finds out that his best friend, Kassie (Aniston), wants to have a kid, but also doesn’t want to have to wait any longer for Mr. Right to come along. So, of course she decides to go the artificial insemination route, and her friend Debbie, played by Juliette Lewis, decides to throw her an insemination party where the actual insemination will take place. Who needs a hospital, right? Well, an inebriated Wally manages to lose Kassie’s “sample,” and he ends up replacing it with his own special blend unbeknownst to her. This is kind of where you need to suspend your disbelief a little bit, but the movie is so well written that it doesn’t even really seem to matter. The movie is based on the short story “The Baster” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides, who also penned The Virgin Suicides. The other thing that really helps this movie is Jason Bateman’s performance. It’s not ground breaking by any means, but it is Bateman doing what he does best, and the chemistry between him and Aniston is fantastic! Not to mention the outstanding performance by young actor Thomas Robinson, who plays Kassie’s son Sebastian. At times you forget you’re watching a 6-year-old kid. I really enjoyed this one. I don’t think it’s a secret that I’m a big fan of good rom/coms, and I’ve got to tell you we’ve got some really good ones coming out before the end of this year, and The Switch is definitely one of them. Sure it’s predicable and a little unrealistic at times, but it’s got a nice heart to it and plenty of laughs. Jeff Goldblum also gives a great preference as Wally’s boss and good friend. I’m looking forward to seeing this one again, and if you get the chance to see it, I’m sure you’ll find that it’s well worth your movie watching time.

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