|Directed by:||Seth Gordon|
|Written by:||Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein|
|Cast:||Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland, Julie Bowen|
This movie I caught by accident. I was supposed to finally see the last Harry Potter movie but then I realized that it’s Friday and they changed the schedules and I couldn’t see it, so because there was nothing else worth a watch I decided to go and see this one. And I’m really glad I did.
Rarely these days do you see a comedy were basically every crucial cast member knocks it out of the park, but this was a prime example of such movie. The story itself, is pretty dark and twisted just because of the premise, but it never goes as dark as I thought it might and should. It’s all played mainly for laughs, makes it funny and cool to kill a person, which let me be honest, doesn’t always work that well here, but thankfully they had some talented people on screen and it totally saved it.
Jason Sudeikis, is one of my favorite members of SNL right now and with both his major roles this year, he proves he can go on, like so many before, to acting on the big screen. He’s really funny here, as the cool, a little douchy guy. He was my favorite of the three leads. Jason Bateman is also really good, he’s got the calm guy part, but he can be really funny at times, mainly when he flips out. That one scene really made me burst out laughing because of the sick bastard I am and how it delivered the one time on what I wanted it to do. Then there’s Charlie Day, who is the silly one in the group. This normally would be the guy with whom I would have my problems, since they’re over the top, often offensive, but here it really helps that he starts off rather normally and plays it straight. It’s only after they decide to put their plan in motion he gets goofy. But who wouldn’t in his situation, his boss raped him, he’s doing Colin Farrell’s blow, and is desperate enough to kill a dude with peanuts. All in all the only unusual thing about him would be not banging a smoking hot Jennifer Aniston.
Speaking of whom, she’s good in this. It’s finally, after 20 years or so, a different role for her and she’s super fun. Not only is she not playing Rachel, but she’s damn fine, probably the most since her Friends days. Kevin Spacey is the other villain, and he might not be as funny as the rest, but he deliveres when he needs to, especially at the work place, he was tremendous at how much of a dick he was to Bateman’s character. He’s also the little twist here and the boss he plays changes the tone of the film at some point and it becomes much better than I expected. I thought this was going to be a comedy of errors right till the end, where the leads will try and fail to do what they've planed, because of a series of accidents, only to be resolved in a peaceful way at the end. Nah ah, not here. But that would be giving up too much. The best performance, however, belongs to Colin Farrell, he’s absolutely hilarious in the small amount of screen time he had. He’s the absolute dick among dicks and I loved it. Seriously, you’ll need to see this to get it. Oh yeah and there’s also some nice cameos by Jaime Foxx and the Old Spice guy, Isiah Mustafa.
Like in most comedies, not everything worked, some jokes will always miss in a two hour movie, and like I said before, it’s not as dark as it should have been and it’s too dark of a premise to show it in such a happy go lucky tone. But a comedy has it’s own rules and it mainly should be judged by how funny it was overall, and I can honestly say it made me laugh hard and it was a fun time at the movies. Sure, some jokes are cut way too short, and it’s definitely not going to be a classic, but if you want a one-time good laugh, it’s definitely a movie for you.