Inputting codes to redeem Microsoft Points via Xbox.com is like living in the future. I’ve never done it this way before. Up until a few months ago, I redeemed all of my points codes using the on screen keyboard, the dreadful d-pad on the 360 controller and an increasing amount of frustration at how fiddly it all is.
Then I bought one of those messenger pad things that clips onto the controller and was overjoyed with how much easier it is to tap in the strings of characters needed to redeem. This time, I had some codes in an email so I thought I’d try the website. I copy and pasted them into a box and hit redeem. Like magic. Then I ordered the movie from the website too and it was there to be started when I booted up my 360 later in the evening. This is how all my codes will be entered in the future, it’s so unbelievable simple. I know it might sound like I’m going overboard but it really is a very handy little trick for anyone like me, who doesn’t have a lot of patience and finds the console side redemption tedious.[drop2]Anyway, that’s probably enough gushing about something you’ve probably all been doing for years already… I should talk a bit about the movie I watched – Horrible Bosses.
It’s a comedy, starring Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Charlie Dale (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Jason Sudeikis (30 Rock). Those three play hapless employees who all have bosses who are, in different ways, horrible. There’s Kevin Spacey’s arrogant, manipulative user; Colin Farrell’s coke-head playboy who aims to drive the company he inherited into the ground and Jennifer Anniston’s sexually abusive, filthy mouthed nymphomaniac.
The fact that the three main characters are all played by comic TV actors, as accomplished as they are, means that nobody overshadows anyone else. The huge names on the cast list – including a criminal lowlife played by Jamie Fox – are all supporting members. Although Anniston does tend to steal the show simply by virtue of the fact that she’s playing a role so completely out of her usual range. She’s got a number of the best lines too, and an unexpected ability to be absolutely, disgustingly crass.
The story unfolds as the three resolve to have their horrible bosses murdered and ultimately end up embroiled in a rapidly escalating sequence of events that sees them arrested, threatened and almost killed.
It’s a similar humour to The Hangover and other recent films of that ilk so you will doubtless know what you’re getting. It certainly isn’t the best comedy of the year and it won’t win anyone any Oscars but everyone puts in good performances and there are enough moments of fun to make it worth a watch.
Whether it’s worth the 1770MSP (around £15) for the SD download, is something you’ll have to decide for yourself. It’s certainly cheaper to buy on DVD if you shop around and you might also benefit from access to special features and retained space on your hard disk, if that’s more valuable than your shelf space.