2011 Certificate: 15


Three easy-going buddies plot to murder their monstrous bosses when workplace bullying gets too much. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis play the worms that turn to Jamie Foxx's ex-con for guidance on how to take out Kevin Spacey's corporate swine, Jennifer Aniston's sexual predator and Colin Farrell's drugged-up dirtbag. An unending deluge of quickfire gags plus a clutch of winning performances ensure director Seth Gordon's mirth-fest shows other comedy pretenders who's boss.


  • Seth Gordon


  • Jason Bateman

  • Charlie Day

  • Jason Sudeikis

  • Jennifer Aniston

  • Colin Farrell

  • Kevin Spacey


After the comedy industry hangover that followed The Hangover, director Seth Gordon rolls up his sleeves and shows the pretenders exactly who's boss.

His bitter tale of revenge on a trio of workplace nemeses glides along on a bed of nicely-honed gags, slick plotting and masterful comedy playing.

Jason Bateman plays the office drone who's been working 12-hour days in a desperate bid to secure a promotion only for his conniving supervisor (Spacey) to snatch it for himself.

Company accountant Kurt (Sudeikis) finds himself up against venal chemical comany owner Pellit (a comb-overed Farrell) who wants to cut the fat. In other words, sack tubby people.

Finally, soon-to-be-wed dental assistant Dale (Day) has to weather the full-on sexual assault of predatory manager Dr Harris (Aniston in her most rewarding - if potty-mouthed - role in an age).

Fuelled after a beer too many, the trio hit upon the dubious idea of each of them rubbing out the other's vile employer Strangers on a Train-style...only for the deranged plot to gather steam.

Gordon wisely maintains the little guys as ordinary joes but racks up the horror quotient of the bosses to sky-high levels of spite, venality, greed and swaggering abuse.

The plot ticks along nicely in the background while the odd setpiece - the boys' run-in with Jamie Foxx's over-the-hill gangsta and Bateman's Asian satnav - keeps the comedy fresh and unpredictable.

However, it's the almost tangible chemistry between Bateman (long-suffering), Day (naive) and Sudeikis (stupid) that makes this such a spikily pleasurable watch.