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The Screenplate: It'd be too easy to call Horrible Bosses a horrible movie. It wasn't all that bad, and in some parts, even funny. The movie itself was like an off-day at the office: It had tiny bouts of hysteria and stupidity, a disorganized juggling of tasks, and even the whole "pretend like you've accomplished something when really you've just been sitting in your cubicle, folding origami frogs out of Post-It notes" deal, so to speak. That is, apart from a couple of not-surprising murders, the plot felt stagnant at parts.
During a booze-fueled night, Jason Bateman (who will forever be Michael from Arrested Development and never anyone like, say, that creepy asshole he played in Juno), Charlie Day (who plays a blithering idiot of the same first name on It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia) and SNL's Jason Sudeikis muse about killing their bosses.
But what makes these bosses so unbearable, anyway? Bateman's boss, Kevin Spacey, promotes himself after baiting Bateman with that same promotion. Charlie Day's boss, Jennifer Aniston, is a sexual predator whose aggressive come-ons threaten Day's relationship with his fiancée. And Sudeikis' boss, Colin Farrell, is a druggie who's using company resources to fuel his coke habit. Bateman, Day, and Sudeikis' lives would be easier, they're sure, if their bosses were dead.
Cue a smattering of dick jokes, a predictable plot, and gratuitous shots of Sudeikis driving his shiny new Volkswagen through suburban streets. Besides the dirty jokes, though, Bateman, Day, and Sudeikis have laugh-inducing chemistry. Arrested Development fans will be delighted to catch a couple references to the show (AD fans: remember the Bluth's chicken dances). And for anyone curious and hopeful about Jennifer Aniston's "unusual" role as a sexy sex predator, take solace in the fact that her shoddy part and almost nonexistent, in-and-out contributions to the plot weren't really her fault--the writers just lacked organization.
After the movie, I settled into one of Shima's comfy, plush chairs. Unlike Horrible Bosses, this new Wallingford sushi restaurant has some pretty awesome, friendly owners. Shima was opened by Karen Law and Junko Yamamoto, the same people who run Hawaiian Breeze, which is literally right around the corner. Law and Yamamoto opened Shima because their customers at Hawaiian Breeze kept requesting sushi. They also pride their sushi on having a unique Hawaiian flair, with items like the delectable Waikiki boy roll that has crab, tuna, Hamachi, and avocado. But if you're craving straight-up Hawaiian fare, you can also order food from Hawaiian Breeze at Shima, and vice versa.
No worries, though, because Shima's food is good. I tried the lomi lomi salad, which had seared tuna and salmon that sat atop shredded radish and was mixed with a gorgeous splay of carrots, parsley, and other mixed vegetables, all drenched with a mouth-watering dressing. The sashimi, at $8.50 for 5 pieces, tasted wonderful if you're OK with paying $1.70 for about a square inch or two of raw fish.
Apart from the horribly awkward moment when I walked in on some other patron taking a piss in the bathroom (seriously, dude, lock the door next time), my experience at Shima's was full of clean fun and delicious sushi instead of the raunchy jokes in Horrible Bosses.