Staring: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz, Jonathan Banks
Directed by: Sean Anders
Written By: Sean Anders, John Morris
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 48 min
Most of us ‘R-rated’ aged moviegoers have hosted a party at one time or another, and every once in a while, the right combination of food, drink, music and people come together, and a truly unforgettable evening is had by all. It goes so well in fact, you immediately look forward to hosting another. You figure, if you can combine all those winning elements again, you’ll become a party hosting legend! But then you start to have doubts. Lightning doesn’t strike twice as a rule after all. So to compensate, you add a little more of everything you thought worked the last time, and invite some new people to spice things up.
Now I’m not saying the first Horrible Bosses movie is a classic comedy, far from it, but it was entertaining and had fun with its central premise. It also didn’t hurt to have the bosses played by Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Collin Farrel. The main problem with the sequel is, these guests are mostly no shows to the new party. One couldn’t make it (great excuse too – see the first movie), and the other two could only pop in for a quick drink.
The new invites are okay, especially Rex (Chris Pine), who certainly looks eager to have a good time. But Bert Hanson (Christoph Waltz) seemed uncomfortable. Like he didn’t really know anyone and was thankful when an opportunity came along to make his excuses and leave. So with some key ingredients missing, and others not filling the void, this party is left with the ‘Stooge’ like antics of Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis.) The problem is, without many actual horrible bosses to interact with, they’re left to their own devices far too often. Each and every situation these idiots get into is made ten times worst through some contrived unbelievable action or comment made by either Dale or Kurt. And it happens so often in Horrible Bosses 2, it just gets repetitive and tiring.
So in the end, the follow up party isn’t quite as good as the first one. There are moments of course, but this sequel seemed to misunderstand what made the first film watchable. Which is weird, since the title of the film is Horrible Bosses, and not Moronic Employees.
If you enjoyed the first Horrible Bosses movie, I think you’ll enjoy this too. It’s missing some key ingredients that made the first film fun, but it’s not without its charms. This movie is rated R due to its strong sexual content and language.
This movie is perfectly watchable on your TV, laptop, tablet or phone. If you don’t want to wait, a matinée screening is recommended.
Nick (Jason Bateman), accidentally gets pulled into a sex addition meeting hosted by Dr. Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston), though he mistakes it for Alcoholics Anonymous. His ‘sharing’ is misinterpreted by the group to mean his addition is ‘homosexual in nature.’ The banter that follows between Nick and Julia is hilarious, as they both work to clear to room so A: Julia can have her way with Nick, and B: Nick can arrange for Dale and Kurt to escape after being trapped in the office bathroom.