"Horrible Bosses" director vents on unemployment

Fri Jul 8, 2011 5:52pm EDT
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By Jake Weinraub and Sharon Waxman

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap) - Unemployment has loomed in the life of "Horrible Bosses" director Seth Gordon, but it's been nothing compared to his friends from Yale architecture school.

"'s a great school," Gordon told TheWrap ahead of the opening of the comedy in which Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day try to kill their bosses.

"But it doesn't matter because most of my friends that went there struggled for over a decade, and only a small percentage of them can make a living."

Gordon, 34, is a Yale alumnus who couldn't make a living in his chosen field of architecture. He said that his experience and that of his friends -- who feel betrayed by the false promise of the American Dream -- had a lot to do with the tone of the movie.

"It's a tough world, man, and everyone who came out of college when I did ... hit that ceiling exactly when everything crumbled," Gordon said in a discussion at last week's premiere.

"All of the sudden if you had a job that's anything better than bad, you feel lucky," he said. "And you have to hold onto it. Like you can't move! That's essentially where all of my generation, I think, finds itself right now."

In the film, Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day), and Kurt (Sudeikis) are a close trio of thirty-something working stiffs who find themselves stuck in monotonous jobs with tyrannical supervisors.

When the group runs into an old high school friend whose recent unemployment drives him to desperate sex work, they decide that if they can't quit, killing their bosses might be the next best thing.   Continued...