I look at my DVD boxsets of Arrested Development, and I think: “Jason Bateman, gosh, he’s a really good star. Underplayed.” I glance over at Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and I think, “Charlie Day, he’s really got his moments.” I spy all my old The Offices and, I say to myself: “Ed Helms, man, I wish he graced the silver screen more often.” Then I realize that I was supposed to be looking for Jason Sudeikis, he’s fleshier than Ed Helms.

Horrible Bosses was kind of pitiful. The set up is easy: Three dudes want to kill their bosses. Pretty common occurrence, in terms of what you want to do when you’re living in Office Space. They decide how to figure out how to do it—enter Jamie Foxx, who plays a guy who knows how to get things like that done. Colin Farrell makes a hair-tied-back appearance. It’s star-studded, but still kind of a yawn.

There were moments when our three stars (Bateman, Day, Sudeikis) aimed high and actually achieved comedy greatness. Well, perhaps not “greatness” – but at least decent status. Bateman plays Nick, the horribly humiliating underling to Kevin Spacey. Dale (Day) is the stupefying dental assistant to Jennifer Aniston (who always wants to sex him up). And, then we have Kurt (Sudeikis), who can’t seem to keep a straight face through any of his scenes, as his boss (Farrell) takes over the family business and uses company funds for cocaine and hookers.

The end result is a movie that is so lowbrow in its sex comedy that it is actually a wanna-be throwback to Judd Apatow, which wasn’t so long ago. And, when it comes down to it, it’s a far cry from mimicry.

We all love Kevin Spacey—it’s hard not to. That’s like spitting in the face of Russell Crowe, or beating down the door of Brad Pitt. He’s up there in our generation of great actors. BUT. Bateman is newer, Day and Sudeikis? We’re not talking Steve Martin and John Candy. They need to earn their comedy legs before you get respect from this guy.

It was entertaining, but certainly summer-movie entertaining.