Horrible Bosses, Bipolar Director

Ladies and gentlemen, you can never judge a film by its director. Even the epitome of directors, Steven Spielberg, has often fallen in schmaltz and daddy drama when it’s not necessary. But this weekend, I thought “I wonder who directed Horrible Bosses? It looks pretty decent.”

Turns out his name is Seth Gordon. For a second, I thought Seth Rogen, the lovable pothead who starred in one of 2011’s two awful green-colored superhero movies. But, no, this is Seth Gordon, who has directed two previous, very different films:

The first is Four Christmases, which single-handedly ruined the careers of Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn. In the words of DVDTown (which sounds reputable to me): “How many Academy Award winners can a studio put in one cast and still turn out a bad movie?” Turns out at least Witherspoon (Walk the Line), Robert Duvall, Jon Voight, and Sissy Spacek.

So he’s a horrible director, directing Horrible Bosses, right?

Well, no. His first film was the brilliant documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, which tells the occasionally funny, often way too dramatic for what it is story of a man who broke the world record for highest Donkey Kong score. A great, unexpected film that won a slew of awards.

So he’s an indie documentary director, right? No. You don’t pay attention and didn’t read the Four Christmases paragraph, did you?

So, will Horrible Bosses be good? With only a few reviews in, it’s doing well critically, and the ads look like the movie could be darkly comic and fun. And it has to be better than Four Christmases.

If you see it, make sure to comment below.


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