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Redeeming Features: “Horrible Bosses”

Welcome to Redeeming Features. The blog where I (poorly) review movies that are underappreciated, underrated or under the radar, in hopes of convincing you to give them a second chance. Horrible BossesThis week, we’re talking about what is probably the most underrated movie I’ve reviewed thus far. Not necessarily because it’s the best, or even better than some of the others, but because people just did not give it a fair stare. Everybody knows about it, but nobody has actually seen it. Although, that does seem fair, considering the trailer seems to have been thrown together in as much time as it takes to watch.

Anyways, I’m talking about Horrible Bosses, a not-so-horrible raunchy-romp-around about three uppity up bosses and the underlings dead set on killing them. Also, when I say raunchy, I don’t mean like hanging dong or nothin’, but you do get pretty friendly with one Jennifer Aniston. So, that’s nice. By raunchy, I mean how they’re in no way attempting to shy away from a combination of some of the English language’s most unsavory slurs.

Now, the typical review route is to start with our main characters, but it seems more apropos to focus on the bosses they abhor. Each one dabbling in their very own special brand of awful, and driving the plot from the very get.

Let’s start with Harken (Kevin Spacey). Harken is the sort of strong, sinful type. Well-versed in the ole “trick you into drinking scotch at 8 a.m. in the morning” game, he twists and tortures his go-to manager, Nick (Jason Bateman), to absolutely no end. Passing him up for a promotion, even after making him miss the passing of his Gam Gam… and then not so surreptitiously laughing in his face about nicknaming his grandmother Gam Gam. Spacey does a phenomenal job tapping into the sadistic dick we all know he’s capable of playing. Source: Se7en, and a litany of other films.

Second, we have Dr. Julia Harris (Jennifer Anison). Harris, as Dale (Charlie Day) so lovingly calls her, is one “Evil Crazy Bitch… D.D.S.” Dale, her dental assistant, grits his own pearly whites just trying to survive this succubus. She drills him day in and day out about, well, not drilling her. Playing a vigilant game of cat and rouse, Dale becomes increasingly more and more upset with her antics, and when he finally decides to stand up to her, she pulls out an iPad album full of laughing-gas-induced Dale staged in some rather provocative positions. Although, he gets no sympathy from the boys seeing as Aniston is a stone cold fox. And, honestly, a remarkable actress – she’s surprisingly good in this.

Last, we have Bobby Pellitt (Colin Farrell). I know, I know; another damn Farrell movie, but the dude is making a serious comeback, and doing so with gusto. Farrell, borderline unrecognizable, plays this role like a reprehensible coke-riddled fiddle. After taking control of his father’s company, Pellitt starts exploiting the very foundation it's built on and making star employee, Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) do his REALLY dirty work. Ya know, like “trimming the fat.” AKA, firing the fat people. AKA, the pregnant lady in the office. Needless to say, Kurt has his work cut out for him.

Eventually (to get the damn plot moving) they can’t take it anymore and decide to start murdering. Except they have one problem: they have no idea how to murder. Like, I’d be surprised if any of them have even hit an animal with their mid-sized Volkswagen sedan. So, what do they do? Pile into the aforementioned mid-sized Volkswagen sedan and ask their GPS to take them to the roughest neighborhood around. There, they meet Motherfuckah Jones (Jamie Foxx), who gives them all the tools they need to get the job done. And yes, his name is Motherfuckah Jones, not to be confused with MotherfuckER Jones, which would just be ridiculous, ya honky.

The movie, for all its stupidity, is actually really smart. The character development is strong and succinct. The dialogue is quick and quicker-witted. And the acting is superb. Well, superb for what it is – they weren’t up for any Oscars or anything. Every bit and everyone works incredibly well together, which makes for a surprisingly fun, flagitious flick.

TL; DR - Three friends conspire to murder the awful bosses who stand before their happiness, but quickly learn their plan to only be as good as those executing it.

Cody Tidmore is a Level Three sketch student at DCH. He’s been watching movies for as long as he can remember. Seeing it all – the good, the bad, even the ugly. And when it comes to annoyingly working movie quotes into regular conversation, he’s the reel deal.

Redeeming Features: "In Bruges"

Welcome to Redeeming Features. The blog where I (poorly) review movies that are underappreciated, underrated or under the radar, in hopes of convincing you to give them a second chance. In BrugesTo kick this week’s review off, why not start with one of the most gripping pieces of dialogue throughout the entire film – the very first line. “After I killed him, I dropped the gun in the Thames, washed the residue off me hands in the bathroom of a Burger King, and walked home to await instructions.”

Wow. Jumping right into it, huh? Not even gonna buy us dinner first? Nope; like a freshly Fireball’d frat guy, we’re just gonna assume you’re go to go, and hit the ground banging. But, like with a gun. Bang like a gun. Not like, with a… ya know… wiener.

*clears throat*

Anyways, all wieners aside – welcome to Bruges. Or In Bruges rather, seeing as it’s the setting and title for this week’s film. And for anyone wondering, it’s pronounced [broo-ge] or [b-ruge] but never [brug-ss]. Also for anyone wondering, it’s on Netflix.

Set in Bruges, In Bruges is a dimly lit dark comedy, starring Colin Farrell and weirdly enough, several people from Harry Potter. We have Brendan Gleeson who played Mad Eye Moody. Ralph Fiennes who vexed us all as Voldemort. And Clémence Poésy as Fleur Delacour; that pretty blonde gal from Beauxbatons Academy who Ron falls for, but then later in the series she ends up marrying his older brother and making little red-headed humans. Sorry, Ron – always a bridesmaid.

Accio Character Summation! Ray (Farrell) plays an ill-tempered hit man who, in light of his recently botched assassination (re: opening dialogue), is ordered to hideaway in a tiny “shithole” – Bruges. Unwillingly accompanied, Ray trudges through the town with Ken (Gleeson), a seasoned vet, well versed in two things: leave-no-trace man hitting and obnoxiously gleeful sightseeing. Ken’s your kinda guy who excitedly frolics from site to sight, citing off nonsensical knowledge, like how they used the wrong insignia for some of the planes featured in the 2001 blockbuster, Pearl Harbor. Read: my old man. The two find themselves cozied up in a single shithole hotel in a shithole town. And as you may have guessed, get along famously.

Ya know, for two people trying to lay low, they’re proper shit at it. From swear-riddled arguments about Jesus’ blood to swear-riddled arguments about a 50-year-old karate trained lollipop man, these opposites only seem to attract attention. And when your whole life surrounds being invisible, you too would bat a lash at anyone who lashes back. Even if it’s in the form of three titanic tourists who want to throw down in fisticuffs, or more favorably, Chloe (Clémence) a beautiful young actress shooting a film about midgets. Excuse me: dwarfs.

To make a short story shorter: it’s lust at first sight. Ray has to have her. Metaphorically, literally, misogynisticly (not a word). And wouldn’t you know it, his little dream comes true! Everything’s coming up aces for ole Ray! And just like that, vacationing in this tiny shithole isn’t a whole buncha shit after all. Unless of course you count the part where Ken’s having a sidebar with their boss (Fiennes) about when, where, how, and why Ray just made the list of targets.

Yeah, remember that first bit of dialogue I keep raving about? I wasn’t kidding; it’s quite telling. And unfortunately, those woefully awaited instructions have our not-so-loveable main character’s name written all over them… IN BLOOD!

*dun dun dunnnnnn*

But why? Perhaps that Burger King bathroom bath was Ray’s final attempt at washing his hands of an otherwise insidious life. Or perhaps his boss is just trying to wash his hands of Ray. I can’t give you the answer, but I can give you a riddle: a hit man, a priest, and a little boy walk into a church – who gets shot in the head?

TL;DR – after a job goes awry, two hit men seek hideaway at a bed-and-breakfast in Bruges, the most boring city in Belgium. And for some reason, can’t keep from stirring up trouble.

Cody Tidmore is a Level Two sketch student at DCH. He’s been watching movies for as long as he can remember. Seeing it all – the good, the bad, even the ugly. And when it comes to annoyingly working movie quotes into regular conversation, he’s the reel deal.