Animals seem to be all the rage this weekend. The three movies set to come out this Friday are each aimed at attracting a different crowd, but the diverse storylines and range of ratings make for an interesting commonality.
Project Nim, directed by James Marsh, is the unusual tale of a chimpanzee raised as a human child. Described as a 'narrative account of Nim's life,' the film takes viewers through his bizarre - and morally questionable - upbringing, and challenges the audience to think deeply about the 'nature vs. nurture' debate.
Director Frank Coraci is hoping for another hit with family comedy Zookeeper, which tells the story of zoo animals who help their relationship-shy zookeeper get a girl. Kevin James plays the zookeeper, and the animals are voiced by celebrities like Cher, Adam Sandler, and Sylvester Stallone.
But it's Seth Gordon's new film that has everyone talking. Horrible Bosses, an R-rated comedy that revolves around three bosses from hell, is certainly not a feel-good or thought provoking family tale.
The plot instead centers around three friends who are fed up with the intolerable behavior of their respective bosses and seek to permanently put an end to them. The movie stars Jennifer Aniston as Dr. Julia Harris, an 'out of control sexual predator' whose offensive use of the 'other' f-word - 'faggot' - has already sparked controversy.
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'She [Julia] is a horrible person, so I think when it is coming out of her mouth, it is understandably offensive,' says John Francis Daley, who co-wrote the film.
'We tried to think: what are the most offensive things they can say? Using a word like that I think is one of them. It says this woman is irredeemable,' added Jonathan Goldstein, the other co-writer.
Children and families will delight in the loveable animals featured in the first two movies, and adults will be rightfully appalled by those starring in the third.