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By David AdamsThe story“I’ll be your murder consultant,” says Dean (expletive) Jones (Jamie Foxx) to Nick Hendricks, Dale Arbus and Kurt Buckman (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis). They’ve met Jones in a low-rent bar where the three friends look for a hit man who’ll rub out their bosses, each of whom — Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell — is truly and uniquely horrible. “Let’s do this thing,” says Kurt to his inebriated pals. That’s the setup.Can the guys — none of whom is the brightest bulb in the box — pull off their goofy plot? Who drag races in a Prius? And what about Gregory? For answers to these and other pressing questions, see this raunchy, laugh-out-loud comedy.The actorsDirector Seth Gordon gets smart performances from lead and secondary role actors. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis are funny as Nick, Dale and Kurt, the in-over-their-heads would-be conspirators. Not dumb exactly but, as Bateman said in an interview, “outside their skill set.” Seasoned actors in secondary roles add to the over-the-top humor. Kevin Spacey is repellant David Harken, Nick’s boss — a bully whose mind games make Nick’s work life miserable. Jennifer Aniston is dental assistant Dale’s boss, Dr. Julia Harris DDS. She’s a potty-mouthed sex addict, a surprising role for Ms. Aniston. Colin Farrell is unrecognizable as Bobby Pellitt, Kurt’s boss, a sleaze who inherits the job from his father.Others in the cast include Jamie Foxx, funny as Dean (expletive) Jones, self-styled “murder consultant.” Ioan Grugffudd nicely underplays the “wetwork” man (I’ll not explain that one). Donald Sutherland and Bob Newhart have cameos. Brian George is Atmanand/Gregory. Other comments“Horrible Bosses” is a laugh-out-loud, well performed and scripted, raunch-fest comedy. Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein wrote the clever script. Director Seth Gordon keeps the enterprise moving, revealing as we go some surprising plot twists. What helps a lot is that we like the three hapless blokes — and feel about their bosses much as they do. A running joke is that characters talk — and argue — about other movies, an amusing trope for movie geeks like me.The film runs 100 minutes. The jokes — verbal and visual — are often raunchy, the script is rude, there’s sex and drugs, so “Horrible Bosses” deserves its R rating. Like this year’s “Bridesmaids,” HB owes a lot to “Hangover” and its recent predecessors, and may also remind you of last year’s “Date Night,” arguably a funnier movie. Final words“Horrible Bosses”Has three comic blokes,Raunchy script and actors,And laugh-out-loud jokes.

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