Horrible Bosses 2
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.
We’ve all hated our boss at some stage and that was the universal appeal of the first Horrible Bosses and made it such an instant box-office hit. And (spoiler alert) after successfully getting rid of their bosses in the first movie the question must be asked…how the hell have the made a sequel? And more importantly, did we actually ask for one?
The movie bosses (who I’m considering offing now) obviously thought the first one made so much money so let’s make a sequel. The fact they hired raunchy comedy writer/director for hire Sean Anders, the man responsible for Hot Tub Time Machine and That’s My Boy, is already cause for concern. Not to say there aren’t laugh out loud moments, but they’re a lot more tasteless, and just not as regular as the first instalment. I still crack-up at Bateman’s attempts at drag racing in his Pruis.
Thankfully we’ve still got brilliant chemistry from the three hilarious leads. Jason Bateman is still nails the deadpan looks, Jason Sudekis is still the player and Charlie Day is still as manic as ever. They do the best they can with what they’re given, and probably the funniest stuff is ad-libbed which is saying something.
A lot of people with Oscars on their shelves should have known better too. Those paying the bills and back for the sequel are Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Anniston and Jamie Foxx. They might not be on screen for long but they add a touch of class and some good laughs while they’re up there. Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine are entertaining as well as the new father-and-son corporate bad guys.
The good will on offer from the three leads makes up for a lot of what’s wrong with Horrible Bosses 2. Slightly unnecessary but will be a perfectly entertaining watch on DVD or on a long plane ride.
DVD Releases: 22nd April 2015
Rating: R16 – Contains violence, offensive language, sexual material & other content that may offend
Duration: 108 minutes
Starring: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Anniston, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz
Director: Sean Anders (We’re The Millers, Hot Tub Time Machine)
This is the first sequel Jennifer Aniston has ever done in her entire career.
Sudeikis stated in an interview that they wanted to put a gag in the film, where Jamie Fox's Character says to the Nick, Curt, and Dale , "You crackers got to go. I have three other crackers coming in", and as the trio get up to leave, the three characters from The Hangover movies come and sit at the booth. They later decided against it, because it would take the audience out of the movie. Zack Galifianakis and Ed Helms (Alan and Stu from the Hangover Films) later heard about this and thought the idea was hilarious.
Tommy Lee Jones and Jack Nicholson were considered for the role that went to Christoph Waltz
This is the second film to co-star Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz. They previously appeared together in 'Django Unchained (2012)'.
The cast has a total of five Academy awards thanks to one from Jamie Foxx (Ray), two from Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects, American Beauty), and two from Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained).
This is the fourth time Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman have worked together. They previously starred in The Break-Up, The Switch, and Horrible Bosses.