Let's be honest: most people don't like their boss. It's just not a relationship that's endemic to happy times and good friendship. But, in movies just like in real life, bosses are necessary to the smooth progression of the plot. Here are nine TPS-hungry movie bosses that you might encounter in a Netflix jaunt or video store romp.
Mr. Sheldrake, "The Apartment"
There's nothing worse than having to work under someone who's completely morally vacant. Well, one thing worse: Being in love with someone who's completely morally vacant. That's the problem that Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine have, respectively, and both with the same guy: Mr. Sheldrake. He's a "taker," and Lemmon and MacLaine are "gettin' took," at least until the end of the movie.
George Lowery, "Psycho"
Not all bosses are scumbags, though. Janet Leigh's boss in "Psycho" seems like a nice enough guy, actually. In fact, he trusts her enough to take $40,000 in cash from her office to the bank. This turns out to be a mistake, as Leigh decides to make off with the cash so she can marry her boyfriend. That turns out to be a mistake, too, though, as everybody who's seen "Psycho" (and probably a lot of people who haven't) knows…
Ed Dillinger, "
Dillinger's the kind of guy who got to the top by ripping other people off. Namely, Flynn, Jeff Bridges' brash and cocky video game designer. He ends up using his computer skills to topple Dillinger's empire, as long as the scheme of the evil Master Control Program, which not even Dillinger is able to control. End of line.
Mr. Kurtzmann, "Brazil"
In some ways, Kurtzmann is the kind of boss we've all wished we had at one time or another: A boss too incompetent to get on without us. He pretty much depends on main character Sam Lowry to solve all the office problems, and since they live in a dystopian future where absolutely nothing works properly, there are plenty of problems to go around.
John Williamson, "Glengarry Glenn Ross"
One thing every effective boss has to have is the respect of his or her employees. Kevin Spacey's John Williamson definitely does not have that. All of the real estate salesmen under him consider him to be a boob who couldn't make it in the rough world of sales, and nothing we see in the movie seems to prove them wrong. He is good at telling people to "go to lunch," though, we'll give him that.
Bill Lumbergh, "Office Space"
Lumbergh is probably the definitive movie boss, the one who made "TPS Reports" famous. He speaks in an obnoxious, faux-laid-back cadence, and is rarely seen without his precious coffee cup. Basically, he's the kind of guy you want to punch in the face, repeatedly. You'll probably never get to, though, because he's your boss and you like not being homeless.
M, The James Bond Movies
It figures that Agent 007 would have the best boss in the world-one who only bothers you when it's something REALLY important, and with a cute secretary with a crush. Although the vaguely misogynistic Bond probably had a problem when M became a woman (played by Judi Dench), he seems to have gotten over it.
Mark Zuckerberg, "The Social Network"
He probably seems like a cool boss at first: Casual dress, young, likes to knock back a beer or two. But, according to who you ask, he's actually kind of a bastard – somebody who has no compunction about taking your money and then forcing you out of the company just to satisfy a grudge.
J. Edgar Hoover, "J. Edgar"
As founder and head of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover wanted everybody to think he was chasing down bad guys and making arrests. But he was actually just another weird boss, making bizarre card-catalog-based romantic advances and doing push-ups alone in his office. He's also kind of a dick about dress codes, too.