Who's In It: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Donald Sutherland
The Basics: Everyone knows these are troubled economic times. That's why Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day), and Kurt (Sudeikis) are in such a tight spot. Their bosses (Spacey, Aniston, and Farrell, respectively) are manipulative, drug addicted sex fiends who won't rest until they have completely dominated their underlings. So our heroes should just quit, right? Absolutely not. It's not just a clever movie title, dear readers. The people in charge are horrible and the working class dopes try to rise up against them--with emphasis on "try."
What's The Deal: This movie is the male 9 to 5, and it successfully mimics what that movie had going for it: funny stars, solid laughs, and relatability. Watching these three chuckleheads plot their revenge never stops being entertaining--there are plenty of "best laid (criminal) plans always fail" movies, but as a comedy this allows you to suspend disbelief and just enjoy the hijinks instead of hating the characters because they make terrible choices. In fact, everyone in the movie looked like they were having a phenomenal time making it, which made it that much more fun watching them.
Horrible Is An Understatement: My hat is off to Spacey, Aniston and Farrell, who seem to have squeezed every last drop of performance ability out of their souls to make this movie horrendilarious (horrendous + hilarious). Spacey has already proven himself to be a deliciously awful head honcho in Swimming with Sharks and has been the bad guy numerous times in the past, but this is relatively new territory for Aniston. She takes the ball, runs with it, and then says something so raunchy about the ball that it blushes, proving she is so much better when she's being naughty. Farrell, as the deplorable, coke-addicted karate expert, somehow manages to be hot even with a pot belly and a comb-over. I can't decide if this is unfair or gives normal people everywhere hope.
Revenge Of The Nerds: Superhero movies are not overwhelmingly successful this summer, so perhaps this is instead the Summer of Normal Folks in Studio Comedies. The only problem with that is the scripts don't get as dark as they could, and tap dance around opportunities to make something really memorable. You might giggle, but it leaves you feeling hollow. This was the case with Bad Teacher as well. The good news is, movies like this age pretty well because it's easy to absolve them of their sins when you're just looking for something fun to watch on cable.
Throw Out Your Baby Books: Jamie Foxx plays a character whose name I can't even say for fear of the ghost of Steve Allen (or whoever protects the Internet from indecency) swooping down and bopping me on the head. This makes him my favorite character of the recent past, and I will be sure to high five JFoxx the next time I see him.