Horrible Bosses: So bad they made a movie about it…

Hollywood is banking on the fact that zillions of Americans hate their bad bosses enough to fork over the $10+ price of admission to see Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day plot the ultimate demise of their respective bosses played by Kevin Spacey – a white color schmuck -, Jennifer Aniston  – a sexual predator – and Colin Farrell – a drug addicted, fiercely-combed-over pig. The movie opens July 8th and I have a feeling that these bosses are so horribly over the top that even the real-life bad bosses will despise them. Can’t wait to review it…

The movie opens July 8th, but take a look at the official trailer now…

 

Why we secretly love the really bad bosses in the movies

DevilWearsPradaMerylStreep2 A couple of years ago Spike TV posted their Top 10 worst movie bosses of all time.  The list included many of the movie bosses we’d expect, including The Devil Wears Prada’s Amanda Priestly, Wall Street’s Gordon Gekko and of course The Godfather’s Michael Corleone.  One big surprise, The Dark Knight’s Bruce Wayne.  I’m not sure I’d classify Bruce Wayne as a bad boss, but let’s just say if he had been my really bad boss, Really Bad Boss the blog would be a very different kind of site.

The whole bad boss movie list got me wondering why we love really bad movie bosses so much.  I think we can narrow it down to about three reasons:

  1. In the movies, really bad bosses are fascinating, edgy, sexy and really cool, adjectives rarely, if ever, used to describe our real life really bad bosses.   Case in point Batman, The Dark Knight’s Bruce Wayne.  We’re not sure we completely agree with Spike TV’s assessment of Bruce Wayne as a bad boss, but they did remind us that Alfred and Lucius (Michael Cane and Morgan Freeman) are always on call, never get vacation and frequently have to retrieve their boss from seedy neighborhoods in the middle of the night.  Bad boss or not, that sounds a lot more exciting than pushing your drunken boss off your lap at the office party.  Add to that, the fact that my boss looks more like a bat, than Christian Bale as Batman, and I’ll take looking for Christian Bale…I mean Bruce Wayne… in the slums of Gotham City any day.           
  2. In the movies, bad bosses are really evil and really smart.  Think Gordon Gekko, Wall Street and Miranda Priestly, The Devil Wears Prada.  We might not like their methods and we definitely don’t like them, but behind all the dislike is a certain degree of respect.  They know what they’re doing and they’re really good at it. In real life, most really bad bosses have the evil part down pat.  The smart part…not so much.  Real life bosses forge ahead, logic be damned, making it up as they go along. We never respect them for that.                                                   
  3. Finally, the movies remind us that even though our really bad bosses act like the embodiment of evil, things could be worse.  They could actually be the devil. Think John Milton (Al Pacino) in the The Devil’s Advocate.  The movies remind us that our bosses, despite their best attempts to convince us otherwise, are only human – barely human – but human nonetheless.  Just think, no matter how evil our bosses are, if a rocket scientist like Keanu Reeves can defeat the devil himself, we can certainly make it through another day with our own, barely human, very mortal, real life, really bad boss.

Got your own reasons for loving your favorite really bad movie boss?  Share them in the comment section.  For the  full list of Spike TV bad movie bosses click here.

Not on your life

Really Bad Boss Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds: The Proposal

Really Bad Boss Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds: The Proposal

Spoiler Alert: This post contains spoilers about the movie ‘The Proposal’

Maybe if you’re a guy and your boss looks like Sandra Bullock and if by marrying her you’re guaranteed the career you’ve always dreamed of, maybe then you would be able to overlook the fact that your boss is the most hated person in the office and as Ryan Reynolds’ character Andrew says, “is allergic to the full spectrum of human emotion.” Only then would you be able to stomach the idea of marrying her in order to prevent her deportation.  And, it’s only in the movies that within a span of 48 hours a browbeaten assistant would come to the realization that he’s secretly been attracted to his really bad boss all along and is, in fact, falling for her.  

In real life, it never, ever plays out that way.  For those of us in the real world, the thought of marrying our really bad boss sets off an uncontrollable dry heaving session. The boss that disgusts us in the office, will be even more disgusting when caught naked and wet running through our parents’ palatial home. And, if you’re anything like me, you won’t be telling him/her how beautiful they are later that evening because you’ll be too busy bleaching your eyes out in a feeble attempt at removing all traces of the image from your retina.   In real life, really bad bosses don’t look like Sandra Bullock and we don’t have the washboard abs of Ryan Reynolds.  No, in real life our bosses are out of shape and ugly and we’re stuck with fantasies about their ultimate demise.  We daydream about having a hand in their fall from power and we wonder if there’s anything we can do to speed the process along.   But, no matter what the promised payoff, the one thing we would never do is accept their proposal.  Not on your life.

Why we secretly love really bad movie bosses

If only our real bad bosses looked like this

If only our real life really bad bosses looked like this

A couple of years ago Spike TV posted their Top 10 worst movie bosses of all time.  The list included many of the movie bosses we’d expect, including The Devil Wears Prada’s Amanda Priestly, Wall Street’s Gordon Gekko and of course The Godfather’s Michael Corleone.  One big surprise, The Dark Knight’s Bruce Wayne.  I’m not sure I’d classify Bruce Wayne as a bad boss, but let’s just say if he had been my really bad boss, Really Bad Boss the blog would be a very different kind of site. 

The whole bad boss movie list got me wondering why we love really bad movie bosses so much.  I think we can narrow it down to about three reasons:

  1. In the movies, really bad bosses are fascinating, edgy, sexy and really cool, adjectives rarely, if ever, used to describe our real life really bad bosses.   Case in point Batman, The Dark Knight’s Bruce Wayne.  We’re not sure we completely agree with Spike TV’s assessment of Bruce Wayne as a bad boss, but they did remind us that Alfred and Lucius (Michael Cane and Morgan Freeman) are always on call, never get vacation and frequently have to retrieve their boss from seedy neighborhoods in the middle of the night.  Bad boss or not, that sounds a lot more exciting than pushing your drunken boss off your lap at the office party.  Add to that, the fact that my boss looks more like a bat, than Christian Bale as Batman, and I’ll take looking for Christian Bale…I mean Bruce Wayne… in the slums of Gotham City any day. Read the rest of this entry »