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Friday Wide Release Forecast: July 8, 2011

1) Horrible Bosses (WR) – Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 74% (Certified Fresh)/Metacritic: 57

It looks as if a very inexperienced director and a group of writers managed to tame a massive cast.  ‘Horrible Bosses’ is the 3rd feature film that Seth Gordon has directed, with one of them being a documentary (King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters). This is the trio of writers (Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley, & Jonathan Goldstein) debut in screenwriting, previously making their living in acting. Gordon and his novice crew have managed to take a monster cast of Jason Batemen, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Collin Farrell and turn in a Certified Fresh comedy.

2) Zookeeper (WR) – Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 15%/Metacritic: 30

I’m going to be honest.  No one should be shocked by this.  I’m not saying that Kevin James isn’t funny.  I’m not hating on The King of Queens.  I’m just blatantly saying that James’ career has been laughable in more ways than he would like.  James has only been in one passing movie (Hitch: 69%) that was a live-action film.  ‘Horrible Bosses’ is director Frank Coraci’s 5th feature film, and his average grade on Rotten Tomatoes is a 35%.  Writers David Scherick & David Ronn have never written a movie that has received a passing grade on the Tomatometer.