Let’s off the boss

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Di­rec­tor: Seth Gor­don ( Four Hol­i­days) Star­ring: Jason Bate­man, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Jen­nifer Anis­ton, Colin Far­rell EM­PLOY­ERS. Can’t live with ’ em. Might as well kill ’ em. So goes the logic be­hind Hor­ri­ble

Bosses, a dis­pos­able yet not - sodis­mis­si­ble new com­edy. As far­fetched and filthy-minded as the film of­ten gets, there is a sub­ver­sive universal ap­peal in play that keeps any lin­ger­ing doubts at bay.

Any­one car­ry­ing about too much work­place angst right now will find the right place to chan­nel all that neg­a­tive en­ergy right here. Also boost­ing the re­sume of

Hor­ri­ble Bosses are its two dis­tinct sets of lead play­ers, both quite amus­ing in dif­fer­ent but com­ple­men­tary ways.

In one cor­ner, we have the mor­tally of­fended 9-to-5ers.

In the other, their might­ily of­fen­sive su­pe­ri­ors.

Let’s start with the work­ing schlubs first. Nick ( Jason Bate­man), Kurt ( Jason Sudeikis) and Dale ( Charlie Day) have been friends since high school and have all grad­u­ated to jobs that have hit the same dead-end. Block­ing their way are three of the most vo­ca­tion­ally evil souls to ever se­cure an ex­ec­u­tive car space.

So say hello to the Hor­ri­ble Bosses, peo­ple. They may not be with us for that much longer.

Dave Harken ( Kevin Spacey) is a cor­po­rate psy­chotic who hates Nick as much as he loves tak­ing credit for all his hard work.

Bobby Pel­litt ( Colin Far­rell) is into co­caine, call girls and cut­ting Kurt out of any claim to a vacant man­age­rial slot.

Ju­lia Har­ris ( Jen­nifer Anis­ton) is a nympho­ma­niac den­tist who turns up the sex­ual ha­rass­ment heat on her as­sis­tant nurse Dale at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity.

While Nick, Kurt and Dale can hardly be de­scribed as stone-cold-killer types, once they flirt with the idea of ter­mi­nat­ing their bosses, they just can’t let it go.

With the aid of a self-styled ‘‘ mur­der con­sul­tant’’ ( a mag­nif­i­cently de­ranged Jamie Foxx, play­ing a char­ac­ter whose un­print­able name is one of the stand­out gags of the pic­ture), the scheme to off those rot­ten em­ploy­ers is on.

Once its loopy premise is locked down, any pre­tence to sub­stance by

Hor­ri­ble Bosses is hastily aban­doned. Nev­er­the­less, its ex­cel­lent cast – all of whom make the most of their mo­ments in the spotlight – go about their busi­ness in fine style.

In par­tic­u­lar, Spacey, who has proven form play­ing an abu­sive of­fice despot in Swim­ming With Sharks, is ar­rest­ingly, ab­surdly de­spi­ca­ble.

A thor­oughly com­mit­ted Anis­ton ( play­ing against type and good taste) also leaves a ma­jor mark in a rel­a­tively mi­nor role.

The con­sis­tently stressed and messed-up in­ter­play be­tween Bate­man, Sudeikis and Day gives up some of the best blokey ban­ter heard since the orig­i­nal The Han­gover.

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