Starring: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston,
Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland, Julie Bowen & Jamie Foxx
Directed by Seth Gordon for distribution by New Line (WB)
The Plot: Three mistreated employees team up to get revenge on their cruel and despicable bosses, but soon learn best laid plans aren’t as easily carried out.
The Final Word: This could easily be the next “There’s Something About Mary,” as it has a plot people can relate to and a cast people love. You also have to give credit to New Line for assembling this group of actors and letting them be as over the top as the script allows. Take the talented trio of Bateman, Day and Sudeikis out of the equations for a second and you can truly realize just stacked this movie is with talent. In fact many are excited just to have another chance to see Spacey inhabit the role of one the title “horrible bosses.” Many fans remember him turn as a sadistic studio executive in “Swimming With Sharks,” and are excited to see him bring a similarly slimy character to life. Having Aniston and Farrell on board to round out the awful overseers only makes the film’s stock rise.
Starring: Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb, Cher,
Nick Nolte, Adam Sandler & Sylvester Stallone
Directed by Frank Coraci for distribution by Columbia (Sony)
The Plot: In order to get the girl of his dreams, a zookeeper (James) decides he must change careers, but when his animals find out his plan, they reveal to him that they can talk in an attempt to get him to stay.
The Final Word: In all honestly “Zookeeper” is literally an updated version of Dr. Dolittle, which a few tweaks. Although that shouldn’t matter as star Kevin James proved what a box office force he was when “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” put on a box office clinic. Throw in a bunch of cute and celebrity-voiced animals and James should be able to laugh his way to the bank once again.
Previewed next week: Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 & Winnie The Pooh