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42. 'Horrible Bosses'
The quietest $117 million grossing comedy of the summer was also the funniest. By far. Out 'Hangover'-ing 'The Hangover Part II,' 'Horrible Bosses' provided not only laughs, but legitimate breakout performances from Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis. (Somewhere, the casting directors from 'Going the Distance' are raising their fists to the sky in anger.) A wish-fulfillment fantasy about working-class stiffs plotting to murder their titular terrible taskmasters, the Seth Gordon-directed film is dirty, fast-paced and unbelievably enjoyable -- basically the opposite of 'Bad Teacher' and 'The Hangover Part II,' two R-rated comedies that seemed to get infinitely more press during this past Summer of Raunch. Bonus points for Kevin Spacey, who lives it up as the worst boss this side of 'Swimming with Sharks.' -- C.R.