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->''Is your boss a slave driving psycho?''\\
''Is your boss a total sleazy tool?''\\
''Is your boss a sex crazed maneater?''\\
''Ever wish your boss were dead?''\\
''Meet your new murder consultant.''

'''''Horrible Bosses''''' is a 2011 DarkComedy film directed by Seth Gordon. It stars Creator/JasonBateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Colin Farrell, Creator/JenniferAniston, KevinSpacey and Jamie Foxx.

Nick has sacrificed everything for his job, and claims that the difference between him and life's failures is that he's willing to take it. He spends six months sucking up to [[BadBoss Harken]] to get promoted--and then he finds out that the position he's trying for will be taken by Harken himself, but at only 85% of the additional salary.

His friend Dale skipped out on the white-collar rat race. Now he's an assistant to [[DepravedDentist Julia]]. She wants to have sex with him, and [[SexualExtortion doesn't care if he consents]].

Their mutual friend Kurt used to like his job, and his boss, Jack Pellitt. Jack just had a fatal heart attack, and his son Bobby is in the process of running the company into the ground.

One night, Kurt suggests that they kill each other's bosses. He means it as a [[IWasJustJoking joke]]. At first.

Not to be confused with ThatOneBoss.
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!!This film provides examples of:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: Julia, at least to Dale. She probably wouldn't be this to many other guys (assuming they're single).
* ActorAllusion: Someone mentions ''Film/StrangersOnATrain'', and Dale "recalls" that [[Film/ThrowMommaFromTheTrain Danny Devito was in it]]. To drive the joke home, the argument that ensues strongly resembles the sort of pointless banter that would appear on ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''.
* AnythingThatMoves: Julia, Kurt and Harken's wife, Rhonda.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Pellitt.]]
* AwesomeMcCoolname: "Motherfucker" Jones. He got his name when his mother was passed out drunk and naked, and he took his hand and reached deep inside her pu[[spoiler:rse, stealing all her money. Yeah, he really fucked her over.]]
* AxCrazy: [[spoiler: Harken, who is a power-tripping {{Jerkass}} to begin with, easily makes the transition to psychotic murderer.]]
* {{BadAss}}: "Motherfucker" Jones, [[spoiler: subverted. He just appears and sounds {{BadAss}}. He never committed a murder, simply giving advice to the main characters off his own speculation. In reality, the only reason he went to jail was for video piracy. He's not even that great a negotiator.]]
* BadBoss: Yup. It's right there in the title.
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: [[spoiler:The only murder in the movie is when Harken kills Pellitt.]]
* BaldOfEvil: Bobby, however hard he tries to cover it with that awful combover.
* BeardOfEvil: Bobby.
* BenevolentBoss / CoolOldGuy: Bobby's father is this before he dies and his son [[TyrantTakesTheHelm takes the helm]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Every once in a while, Dale ''snaps''.
* BigBadEnsemble: The three horrible bosses. By the final act of the movie, however, [[spoiler: Harken]] emerges as the true BigBad.
* BiTheWay: Apparently, Bobby.
-->''as hookers are leaving his house''\\
'''Bobby''' : Thank you, Bill.\\
'''Bill''' Thank ''you'', Bobby.
* BlackBraAndPanties: See LingerieScene.
* BlackComedy: Though it's ultimately [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism surprisingly idealistic]]--[[spoiler:only one character is capable of murder and it's one of the titular bosses.]]
* {{Bowdlerise}}: At least some versions of the poster featuring the [[FloatingHeadSyndrome faces of the three bosses]], Julia is described as a "Nympho" rather than the somewhat softer "Maneater" that can be seen at the top of the page.
* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: Jones's fee, although it doesn't completely fill the briefcase he demands.
* BrickJoke: Kenny, the mutual friend of the three protagonists who will do ''anything'' for money.
* ButtMonkey: The three protagonists.
** Harken outright spells it out that Nick is his personal ButtMonkey
--> "Let me tell you something, you stupid little runt. I own you. '''You're my bitch'''."
* TheCameo: [[TheBobNewhartShow Bob]] [[TheRescuers Newhart]] as Nick's new boss, [[spoiler: [[HereWeGoAgain a "Twisted Old Fuck"]].]]
** The Cop who pulls Nick over for speeding is [[Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike THE OLD SPICE GUY]]!!!
* CatScare: [[spoiler:Happens three times, though only the first time is it scary.]]
* ChekhovsGun: Subverted with the [[spoiler:digital recorder]].
* ChekhovsGunman: One example is [[spoiler:played extra straight: Harken's paranoia about his wife's fidelity and implied threat to get his gun leads to his murder of Bobby]] in the middle of the movie. Three more near the end when "Motherfucker" Jones and Kenny both end up [[spoiler: helping Dale blackmail Julia]], while Kurt's onboard navigator Gregory helps [[spoiler: prove that Harken was the one who killed Bobby]].
* ChekhovsSkill: If you count watching ''Series/LawAndOrder'' as a skill.
* ComicTrio: Kurt, Nick and Dale, complete with frequently slapping each other.
* CompletelyDifferentTitle: In Germany the film is called "Kill the boss". In Brazil, it's called "I want to kill my boss".
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: In-universe, Nick and Kurt fail to see how Dale being repeatedly sexually assaulted by his psychopathic boss is all that bad, just because... well, 'cause she's Creator/JenniferAniston. [[MisaimedFandom A lot of audience members feel the same way.]] They do see it as a problem, though, it's just that they don't think it's in the same league as their issues:
--->'''Nick:''' I'm such a sucker! Harken was never gonna promote me...
--->'''Kurt:''' That coked up prick is gonna ruin Pellit Chemicals. He's just gonna fire everybody!
--->'''Dale:''' She stood there with her breasts, right in my face!
--->'''Kurt:''' ...Y'know, yours doesn't sound that bad.
* CoolOldGuy: Jack Pellitt.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Bobby who has no problem dumping harmful chemicals to save Money.
* CrazyJealousGuy: [[spoiler: Harken.]]
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Julia while she's on the phone with Dale, and referenced by Jason Bateman's opening voiceover.
* DeadStarWalking: [[spoiler: Donald Sutherland as Jack Pellitt.]] Quite obvious given the film's basic premise.
* DepravedDentist: Julia, on a scale not seen since SteveMartin wore a gas mask in ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors''.
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: [[spoiler:Why Motherfucker Jones spent ten years in prison.]]
* DistractedByTheSexy: Kurt gets this. Badly. Twice. Once with his [[spoiler: intended murder victim]] and later during an [[spoiler:EngineeredPublicConfession]].
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: The film's position on this is a little murky. On the one hand, Dale is upset by what happens and calls Julia a rapist and she is clearly portrayed as a horrible person, but the sexual harassment scenes are also PlayedForLaughs. On the other hand, Dale's friends, [[MisaimedFandom and a good portion of the audience]], clearly believe that Rape Is AWESOME When It's Jennifer Aniston. Note that Dale's the only one of the three in a relationship, and his fiancee is barely in the movie. She basically only exists to give credence to the idea that him being sexually harassed is an actual problem.
* DrugsAreBad: Bobby has seriously messed himself up on cocaine.
* DudeShesLikeInAComa: Julia's job allows her to drug men unconscious. She takes advantage of this at least twice.
** [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Hoist By Her Own Petard:]] [[spoiler: Dale takes advantage of this at the end to trick her into nearly raping his (very much awake) friend.]]
* DumbBlonde: Harken's wife Rhonda doesn't seem the brightest bulb, being unable to tell what guests she invited to a party she is organising.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: For the three main characters. One has his boss [[spoiler:murdered in his house]], another has his boss [[spoiler:taken to prison for killing the first boss]] and the third one has his boss [[spoiler:humiliated and blackmailed in retribution to all the sexual harassment said boss had made in the past]].
* EngineeredPublicConfession: DoubleSubverted.
* EroticEating: Julia eats a popsicle, a banana, and a hot dog, in that order. Kurt is dumbfounded.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Apparently, Julia does respect the sanctity of marriage. Although, this only means Dale has until the wedding to have sex with her, willfully or not.
* EvilFeelsGood: Not who you'd think; it's actually [[spoiler:Harken]] who starts to like killing.
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: Nick tells Harken that it was due to his long hours that he was unable to say goodbye to his grandmother, whom he calls "Gam-Gam," while she was dying. Harken responds by laughing at the fact that Nick called his grandmother "Gam-Gam."
* {{Expy}}: Harken is basically Buddy Ackerman from ''Film/SwimmingWithSharks'', played for laughs. Also, Wendell Pierce's cop character is basically Bunk Moreland from ''TheWire'' partnered with Ron White. Dale has more than a few similarities with [[ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia Charlie]], right down to his ArtisticLicenseLaw derived from watching ''Series/LawAndOrder''.
* ExtremeDoormat: Nick. Dale and Kurt stand up to their respective bosses from the get-go--albeit to no avail--but Nick doesn't assert himself with Harken until after Harken reveals that he's not going to promote him; Nick even says in voiceover at the beginning of the film "that the key to success, and no one will teach you this in business school, is taking shit."
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The [[BadBoss three bosses]] -- [[TheCaligula Pellit]] (choleric), [[TheSociopath Harkin]] (choleric/melancholic), and [[AbhorrentAdmirer Julia]] (sanguine/choleric).
** The protagonists: [[NiceGuy Dale]] (leukine), [[ExtremeDoormat Nick]] (phlegmatic), and [[HandsomeLech Kurt]] (sanguine/choleric).
* FreudianTrio: Kurt is the Id, Dale is the Ego and Nick is the Superego.
* TheHedonist: Bobby Pellett.
* HereWeGoAgain: [[spoiler:Nick's new boss.]]
* HookersAndBlow: Bobby's principal interests.
* HypocriticalHumor: Kurt yells at Dale for punching him while driving the car...after turning around in his seat to smack Dale repeatedly, as Nick holds the wheel.
* IKEAErotica: Julia calls Dale and demands that he describe how he'd pleasure her. He improvises. [[FunnyMoments Poorly.]]
* IndulgentFantasySegue: When Nick throws Harken out of a window, to the cheers of his coworkers.
* IntimatePsychotherapy: Kurt tries this on Julia. [[spoiler:It doesn't work very well.]]
-->'''Dale:''' [[SarcasmMode Good job fucking the crazy out of her, man.]]
* IsThisThingStillOn
* ItsAllAboutMe: Bobby's attitude is basically this.
* JaywalkingWillRuinYourLife: Dale got drunk at a bar that was next to a playground, and committed public urination. It was night, and there were no kids there, but he's still a registered sex offender, which is why he's stuck working for Julia. TruthInTelevision, as the legislation enhancing penalties for certain activities near playgrounds, schools and such is based on the location, rather than whether or not there are any children present.
** And Motherucker Jones spent 10 years in prison for [[spoiler: pirating ''SnowFallingOnCedars'']].
* {{Jerkass}}: All three of the titular bosses.
* KarmaHoudini: Only [[spoiler: Julia]] ends the movie with job [[spoiler: and life]] intact. [[spoiler: And still with a cost, as she did get blackmailed in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Dale, and due to his false sex offender registration, who else would hire him besides her?]]
* KnightOfCerebus: Near the end of the movie, [[spoiler:Harken]] becomes this.
* KickTheDog: Pellett forces Kurt to fire a handicapped co-worker for no reason and pretends that he had nothing to do with the decision ''[[ForTheEvulz just to make Kurt look like an asshole.]]''
* LackOfEmpathy: The titular bosses.
* LargeHam: Dale.
* LingerieScene: Julia undresses in front of a window and then parades around the house in nothing but her undergarments (plus suspenders and [[StockingFiller stockings]]) as Kurt watches.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: The trio plan to take advantage of the fact that Pellitt is a cocaine addict and that Harken is allergic to peanuts to poison them. [[spoiler:They don't actually do either of these things, as Harken kills Pellitt and goes to jail for it]].
* ManChild: Bobby Pellett.
* ManipulativeBastard: Harken.
* AManIsAlwaysEager: Averted with Dale and played straight with Kurt. Dale rejects Julia's advances because he's engaged and because it's unethical to sleep with one's employer, whereas Kurt is a horndog who hits on every pretty woman he meets.
* AMillionIsAStatistic: Bobby Pellitt's willing to let thousands of people in Bolivia die rather than pay extra to properly dispose of chemicals.
* TheMillstone: Dale is more or less to this film what Alan is to ''TheHangover''.
** Kurt's out-of-control libido and fondness for vulgar jokes doesn't help, either.
* MistakenForPregnant: "Large Marge"
* MsFanservice: Despite acting like a total creep, Jennifer Anniston is still very nice to look at.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Why [[spoiler:Harken]] kills [[spoiler:Pellitt]] -- the irony being that the victim isn't actually the hypotenuse.
* NamesTheSame: Motherfucker Jones' full name is [[Film/TheLoveBug Dean Jones]]. He points out that he couldn't be in the bar "with that Disney-ass name".
* NiceGuy: Dale is what happens when you take the standard sweet, innocent working girl who gets sexually harassed in movies like ''NineToFive'', [[GenderFlip flip her gender]], and change ''absolutely nothing else''. He's not exactly effeminate, and he's definitely not camp, but he's still a very unusual example of a positively portrayed straight male character with traditionally feminine virtues and flaws. (Then again, he also has the [[BewareTheNiceOnes buried rage]] common in said working girls . . .)
* NiceToTheWaiter: If only the bosses had treated their employees with something resembling decency, they wouldn't have ended up dead ([[spoiler: Bobby Pellitt]]), blackmailed ([[spoiler: Julia]]) and most likely being gang raped in prison ([[spoiler: Harken]])
** Jack, Kurt's original boss, by contrast is shown as being extremely good to employees and a very honest businessman.
* OnlySaneMan: Nick.
* ParentalIncest: [[spoiler: Subverted with "Motherfucker" Jones. When he's explaining how he got his nickname by sneaking into his mom's bedroom one night. As it turns out, he simply stole her money, fucking her OVER.]]
* PlotAllergy: Harken is lethally allergic to peanuts.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Pellitt.
* ThePornomancer: Kurt.
* PrisonRape: What Harken has to look forward to for twenty-five years, according to Nick.
** Nick and Kurt argue over who would get raped more if they get sent to prison; when asked, Dale says it would be Kurt, as he seems "more vulnerable".
* PsychopathicManChild: Bobby, again.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Bobby's dad is the ONLY one in the entire movie.
* RunningGag: Harken's cat. They open a ''medicine cabinet'' and the cat jumps out.
* SaveTheVillain: Albeit inadvertently. Dale gives Harken an epinephrine shot after he suffers an allergic reaction to peanuts. In Dale's defense, he didn't know it was Harken.
* ScaryBlackMan: Motherfucker Jones.
* SesquipedalianSmith: Motherfucker Jones.
* SexualExtortion: Julia does this to Dale as part of a concerted campaign of sexual harassment.
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Donald Sutherland.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Pellett. Good god, Pellett. His apartment is aptly described as "Looking like the inside of the mind of an asshole".
* SmartBall: Dale actually manages to use his knowledge from watching ''Series/LawAndOrder'' to get the detectives to admit that since he, Nick, and Kurt are only being questioned and not arrested, there's nothing they can do at the moment to keep them at the station.
* SmugSnake: Harken and Pellett.
* TheSociopath: Arguably, Harken.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''OfficeSpace''. Both movies feature three men getting revenge on their bosses (embezzlement in ''Office Space'', murder in this) and had Creator/JenniferAniston in the cast. Also half is kind of a spiritual sequel to the other Kevin Spacey evil boss movie ''Film/SwimmingWithSharks'', though its not as dark and mean as Sharks it does also feature an employee wanting to get revenge on their boss though Guy actually almost goes through with killing his boss.
* SpoiledBrat: Bobby Pellett - it's obvious for example that the only reason he has a job in the first place is because his dad was the manager.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: "I'll be in the car" could double as Nick's catchphrase.
* StrangersOnATrainPlotMurder: [[ShoutOut Name-checked]], then confused by Dale with ''Film/ThrowMommaFromTheTrain'', earning him a DopeSlap.
* TakeThisJobAndShoveIt: Nick tries this. Then he finds out that to get another job, he'd need Harken's recommendation, and Harken wants him right where he is. This culminates in Harken calling him his "bitch."
** Dale also threatens this, but no one else would hire him -- see JaywalkingWillRuinYourLife.
* TaughtByTelevision: Dale learned enough practical law from ''Series/LawAndOrder'' to know that the cops can't hold him if they can't charge him with anything.
** ActorAllusion: [[ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia Charlie]] also once used his knowledge of ''Series/LawAndOrder'' to get a friend out of trouble. Also, Day himself has been on the show.
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: Nick and Dale confronting Harken, who they know to be a sociopathic murderer, completely unarmed.]]
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: A few trailers reveal important plot twists, such as [[spoiler:Dale saving the life of Nick's boss]]. One red band trailer shows that [[spoiler:Kurt sleeps with Julia while stalking her to plot her murder.]]
* TroubleEntendre: the entire conversation with 'the Wetwork Man'.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Bobby Pellitt, a hedonistic JerkAss who takes over his late father's company and uses it as his personal piggy bank.
* WetSariScene: Julia inflicts this on Dale, although she seems to have a better view than the audience.
* UnusualEuphemism: [[spoiler:"Wet work" does not mean a hitman. It means a man who'll urinate on you for cash.]]
** "I'd like to bend her over a barrel and show her the fifty states." Kurt is referring to screwing Harken's wife.
--->'''Nick''': [[LampshadeHanging What's that mean?]]
*** The outtakes feature Jason Sudeikis noting that it may become a real phrase after the movie comes out.
* VerbalBackspace: When Kurt tries to convince Nick to join the plan.
--> '''Kurt:''' "C'mon man! What would "Gam Gam" (Grandmother) want?"
--> '''Nick:''' "She wouldn't want me to kill them."
--> '''Kurt:''' (beat) "You know what, "Gam Gam" is dead. You need to move on!"
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