Director: Sean Anders
Starring: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day
Release Date: 11th December 2014, Roadshow Films
Still unhappy working for the man, Nick, Kurt and Dale (Bateman, Sudeikis and Day, respectively) quit their jobs and invent their own ingenious product; the Shower Buddy. When they get screwed over by an investor, they decide to take matters into their own hands by kidnapping (or kidnaping) the wealthy investors son.
What made the first Horrible Bosses film enjoyable was their ensemble cast that not only was made up of Bateman, Sudeikis and Day, but also Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston. The original film worked because it was well-cast and played to each actors strengths.
This somewhat unnecessary sequel is no exception. Though it sticks pretty much to the formula of the first, it is still packed with laughs and humorous quips. Cameo appearances by Aniston and Spacey are a treat as is watching Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz stretch their comedic muscles. Pine in particular doesn’t disappoint as the spoiled son of Christoph Waltz’s character Burt Hanson. He has great comedic timing and provides a few big laughs throughout the film, in particular with his ‘fight-clubbing’ sequence.
The more hilarious moments aren’t the big car chases but are actually the smaller moments; Sudeikis’s smarmy and sometimes vulgar one-liners, Bateman’s straight-laced sensibility and Day’s cluelessness.
However, there are some instances where the film goes too far in particular the few offensive rape joke strewn throughout.
While the sequel is fairly pointless and yes, the world could have survived without it, it works as a mindless comedy. It’s not the best r-rated comedy but it’s something to watch when your brain is switched off and you’re looking for a laugh at the expense of a dirty joke or funny quip.
AP: Don’t think about it. Just enjoy it.
HA: Proves sequels can be better than originals – stupid fun.
Horrible Bosses 2 is released nationally on December 11th, through Roadshow Films.