Movie Review: Horrible Bosses 2.
Directed By: Sean Anders.
Starring: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Chris Pine, Jennifer Aniston with Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz.
After attempting to kill their bosses and failing, Nick, Kurt and Dale decide to become their own bosses when they try to start their own business. However things take an unexpected turn when billionaire Burt Hanson (Christoph Waltz) pulls the rug from under them and destroys their entire business plan, leaving the trio half a million in debt. The three hatch a ridiculous scheme to kidnap Hanson's son, Rex (Chris Pine), and hold him for ransom, the antics ensue when Rex decides he wants to help the three.
The sequel follows a similar formula to its predecessor with a lot of the same beats but unfortunately the script isn't as strong in this follow up. The comedy isn't as surprising or gut punching as the first film but it has its special moments. A lot of the comedy is aimed at specific groups of people whether it be homosexuals or southerners and may be viewed as offensive. But its the trio that we've come back for, and whilst they seem to be a lot stupider this time around, they're still the same three guys we loved from the first film. Bateman, Sudeikis and Day are on top form from the get go and are always committed to script despite how weak it sometimes is. The supporting cast is again great with fresh and returning faces alike. Jennifer Aniston returns as Julia the Nymphomaniac, Jamie Foxx again delivers as Motherf***ker Jones the consultant and Kevin Spacey makes a nice cameo that bookends the film. Christoph Waltz' talents are wasted here in a one dimensional businessman with a heart of stone whereas Chris Pine gives one of his most surprising performances as the irresistibly likable and ridiculously manipulative Rex and perhaps delivers the most laughs out of all the cast.
After the first film I wasn't sure how a sequel would be anything but a carbon copy but Horrible Bosses 2 contains a moderately entertaining story that is elevated by its cast members. Writer and Director Sean Anders uses the same dialogue over and over again with the constant use of "Good point" whenever a character shuts down another characters dumb idea. Ander's holds back at some points and delivers a genuinely funny piece of dialogue but for the most part we're stuck with completely idiotic humor that may have been funny in a "Dumb and Dumber" movie....but not here.
Horrible Bosses 2 isn't horrible but its not doing anything worthy of another sequel, there are some genuinely funny moments but this is a film that relies on the great chemistry between its cast members not its script. If you're a fan of the first film, I recommend giving this one a shot, if not.....maybe give this one a miss.
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