Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)

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Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)
  • Time: 108 min
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Director: Sean Anders
  • Cast: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz

Storyline:

Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick, Dale and Kurt decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business. But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company.

6 reviews

  • A wholly unnecessary sequel that wears out its welcome within the opening frames, Horrible Bosses 2 finds our trio of worker bees attempting to be their own bosses by peddling their invention, the all-in-one Shower Buddy.

    Though their promotional efforts on a live morning show result in an inadvertent masturbatory sight gag and mention of their obliviously racist website, they somehow catch the interest of Boulder Stream’s CEO Bert Hansen (Christoph Waltz), a self-made retail giant who agrees to order 100,000 units in exchange for exclusive retail rights. Their hopes of a three million dollar paycheck are soon dashed when Bert cancels the order with the intent of forcing them into foreclosure so he can purchae their assets and patent at bargain basement auction prices.

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  • The original Horrible Bosses was an enjoyable film with a great cast, but apart from perhaps 22 Jump Street, comedy sequels don’t tend to have a great track record. Inevitably, Horrible Bosses 2 has come along, this time under the direction of Sean Anders. Is it a film destined to be a classic? Or is it likely to be as graceful as a plane crash? Let’s check it out.

    After the events of the first film, Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) decide to form their own business, centred around their invention, the shower buddy. The company, erroneously named ‘Nick-Kurt-Dale’ (say it quickly for the first racist joke of the film), are approached by Rex (Chris Pine) and his father, Burt Hansen (Christoph Waltz), the owner of a large retail chain. After Burt stabs them in the back, the trio decide that their best course of action is to kidnap Rex and ask for a ransom.

    After that plan typically fails, they find themselves partnered up with Rex, who also has a motive for getting the ransom from his father. They brainstorm an outlandish kidnapping plan that sets in motion the rest of the events of the film. Along the way, several characters from the original are reunited with the trio, including the now incarcerated ‘horrible boss’, David Harken (Kevin Spacey), the sex addict dentist, Julia (Jennifer Aniston) and Dean “Motherf*cker” Jones (Jamie Foxx), in a sequel that seems incapable of differentiating itself from many other comedies of recent years.

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  • When ‘Horrible Bosses’ came out in 2011, it was an instant hit. This was largely due to the film’s funny script, good chemistry between it’s charming leads and the perfect use of big stars as villains. The result, a hilarious, raunchy, laugh out loud comedy. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis starred as Nick, Dale and Kurt, three friends who hatch a scheme to murder their awful bosses after the torment inflicted by them gets too much for them to handle. Their bosses were played by Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell, each a worse person than the other. The success of the first movie meant a sequel was going to happen, regardless whether it was needed or not. So, three years on, ‘Horrible Bosses 2′ is here.

    Sean Anders (We’re the Millers, That’s My Boy) replaces Seth Gordon on the director’s chair and takes the writing duties as well along with John Morris. This sequel sees the three friends, Nick Dale and Kurt, starting their own business but things don’t go according to plan and they are soon double-crossed by a cunning investor. With no real solution to be found the trio decide to pull off a kidnapping scheme to get revenge on the person that betrayed them. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis return. Also, returning Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Foxx, with Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz coming on as the villains. Now despite many criticisms of the comedy-sequel idea and many failed attempts in the past (Ghostbusters II, Hangover II, the most recent Dumb and Dumber To) Horrible Bosses 2 manages to be both a funny and enjoyable movie. Once again the movie is mainly elevated by the impeccable chemistry between it’s lead stars, who are great to watch. Chris Pine does well as primary antagonist and is extremely funny at times, as is Jennifer Aniston. While, Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz make due with their minimal screen-time. The movie’s goofy plot serves as the canvas for the trio’s equally goofy antics.

    Now Horrible Bosses 2 is a very funny movie, no doubt about it but the movie is also one that doesn’t come without it’s flaws. For one thing the jokes seem to have the been there, done that feel, its obvious they were used in the previous movie, not just the jokes but many elements of the movie seem to rehashed from the previous movie. Furthermore, Christoph Waltz is barely used despite being one of the villains. The question is why would you cast a brilliant Oscar winning actor if you plan to barely use him? For some reason now Kurt and Dale are complete idiots now. Yes, they were idiots in the first one as well but idiots who had a shred of intelligence. This flaw is easily forgivable though since Kurt and Dale deliver some of the movies best moments when they are on ‘dumb-dumb mode’.

    In conclusion, Horrible Bosses 2 is a good and funny movie, despite giving you a feeling of deja vu. It is elevated mainly by it’s trio of lead stars and manages to recreate the comedy from the previous movie for better or worse. Even if it doesn’t come close to the first one it’s an enjoyable movie nonetheless.

    Final Score: 7.0/10

    -Khalid Rafi

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  • The sequel to Horrible Bosses has arrived and the trio, after attempting to murder their bosses, are now planning a kidnapping. All the favourites from the first are back, including Jamie Foxx (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as Motherfucker and the sex crazed Jennifer Aniston (We’re the Millers), who is in her first ever sequel (look it up!). We are also introduced to two new characters, Chris Pine (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) and Christoph Waltz (The Zero Theorem) who play father and son Rex and Burt Hanson, the antagonists to our trio.

    With a sequel always comes a big question, does there need to be another? It seems these days if a film is a success in the box office, it’s almost certain to be followed by a sequel when everybody knows it doesn’t need one. Did we really need a sequel to Horrible Bosses? Not really no, but does it mean it’s not worth watching? Hell no! There are a few issues however, just like we saw to the…
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  • Horrible Bosses 2 is a sequel to a movie that was never in need of a sequel to begin with. But, it’s not an entirely bad movie. There are a lot of laughs to be had thanks to the phenomenal cast including Jason Segel, Charlie Day, Jason Bateman, Christopher Waltz, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, and Jennifer Aniston.

    The plot revolves around the three knuckle-heads from the original. This time around, they have created their own business, hoping to never work for a boss every again after their horrible experiences in the past. But, as you would guess, a lot of bad luck and stupid decisions unfold, and the tables turn for Charlie Day and his gang.

    This isn’t a terrible comedy by any means. Yes, there are a few moments in the movie where the gross-out gags take a step too far, and the number of plot twists come off as tiresome and lacking originality.

    This is an entertaining comedy that you should get a kick out of. Nothing more.

  • In most of his movies, Jason Bateman has always excelled as a fast-talking, speak easy kind of comedic actor. Unfortunately, a lot of his work is saddled with lousy scripts or in the case of Horrible Bosses 2, almost no script at all. Bateman, his co-stars (Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day), and other assorted cast members, sprint through “Bosses 2” saying whatever pops into their dainty little heads. To say that this raunchy sequel is tainted with improvisation overload is a complete understatement. Director Sean Anders basically lets the cameras roll and doesn’t look back. I’m thinking someone should have walked up to him and whispered “cut”. Nudge, nudge.

    Anyway, with a strong cast, almost no segway from the inception of the first Horrible Bosses flick (from 2011), and a sex-addicted character in Jennifer Aniston who says, “have you ever done it in a dentist’s chair?” (hey Jen, we hardly knew ya), Horrible Bosses 2 finds our three fearless leaders (if you can call them that) trying to sell their subpar, inventive product (the quote unquote “shower buddy”). Nick Hendricks (Bateman), Dale Arbus (Charlie Day), and Kurt Buckman (Jason Sudeikis) from the first film have moved on and now they want to make a fortune by working for themselves. As the proceedings begin, these guys show up on Good Morning Los Angeles to promote their shower gadget and then try to sell 150,000 units to a slimy investor named Burt Hanson (an underutilized Christoph Waltz). When Hanson accepts the offer to buy said product, he then reneges on his decision forcing the trio of bumbling knuckleheads to kidnap his whiny son (Chris Pine who surprisingly kills it as Rex Hanson). Things to watch for in “2’s” 108 minute running time: an outrageous car chase that has a vehicle burning rubber with a torn fence encased around it (I’m not kidding) and a shocking sex scene that gives new meaning to the term video surveillance (just think 1993’s dud, Sliver).

    Plot and storytelling aspects aside, the out of the box casting for these Horrible Bosses movies has always fascinated me. I mean where else can you see three Oscar winners (Jamie Foxx, Waltz, and Kevin Spacey), a Golden Globe winner, and an Emmy award winner strut their stuff in a pair of critically panned (not to mention frequently inappropriate) R rated comedies. If you’ve seen the trailers for this sequel to 2011’s highly successful original, you’ve probably figured out that every star (and co-star) is returning along with a few celebrated additions. That makes “Bosses 2’s” helping of strap-on innuendo, underage fascination, and suggestively coarse language much more over the top. Lord help us!

    Now as I took in a midday viewing of Horrible Bosses 2, I made the following observations (good and bad): 1. why would Christoph Waltz, a double Oscar winner, take on such a nothing role as the film’s woefully underdeveloped, arch villain? 2. I never thought I’d say this but Chris Pine, an actor who has never done anything comedic, outshines everyone in the laughs department. There are a couple of scenes where he brazenly harms himself in a very violent way (or as the Sudeikis character says, he quote unquote “Fight Clubs himself”). Pine’s a hoot and I think he might have found his niche here as opposed to being the equivalent of bland green beans via the new Jack Ryan. 3. In case you aren’t familiar with the law, I’ll lay it out for you: kidnapping (or “kidnaping” if you’ve already viewed this thing) is punishable up to possibly a sentence of life in prison. To the characters in “Bosses 2”, it all seems like one big joke. I mean, I know it’s a comedy but no one on screen takes any types of repercussions seriously. Tack on murder too. Someone gets shot towards the flick’s conclusion and the three Dodo bird best friends still manage to crack jokes. Gimme a break!

    Overall, despite being about as predictable and standardized as any sequel has a right to be, I can still name hundreds of them that are worse than Horrible Bosses 2. This November release is putrid, crass, and off-putting but will at times, actually make you laugh out loud. And to the critics who seem easily offended by its vulgar themes, I got one thing to say: lighten up people! It’s only a movie for crying out loud. Bottom line: Horrible Bosses 2 ain’t no classic. It will however, provide you with some nervous, guilty giggles. It’s entertaining to a fault and far from being “horrible”.

    Of note: As I’ve just mentioned, the movie I’ve just reviewed isn’t a bad one but the end credits are. I mean, it seems that every Jason Sudeikis outing these days has to have outtakes completely tacked on. The ones in Horrible Bosses 2 are exceptionally stale and just plain unnecessary. Skip them and just exit the theater. Trust me.

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