Horrible Bosses 2 review

Director:
Sean Anders
Cast:
Jason Bateman
Jason Sudeikis
Charlie Day
Chris Pine
Christoph Waltz
Jamie Foxx
Rated: R

The bosses are still horrible and the jokes are still funny in this sequel to the 2011 film.

“Horrible Bosses 2” picks up with the three protagonists, Nick, played by Jason Bateman, Kurt, played by Jason Sudeikis and Dale, played by Charlie Day, who all left their old jobs after the events of the first film and have gone into business for themselves. This time around, the three have created a revolutionary shower handle and are looking for a company to sell it to.

They end up going into business with Rex and Bert Hanson, played by Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz, and everything is right on track until they find out they were double crossed by the Hansons. The three lose nearly all of their new start-up business. To get back at the Hansons, the trio decide to try a kidnapping plot.

“Horrible Bosses 2” starts off strong enough and carries itself most of the way with its humor and main characters. While the movie does take some of the elements from the first flick and rehashes them, the film had good enough execution to provide plenty of laughs.

The runtime could have been scaled back, though. The movie gets close to being a full two hours and it didn’t need to be.

Like the first movie, the strongest element of “Horrible Bosses 2” is the lead trio. Bateman, Sudeikis and Day all have good chemistry with each other and have their own brand of humor and comedic delivery, which adds variety to their characters.

What really makes the movie fun, though, is the addition of Pine. There’s a point where Pine’s character interacts much more with the lead three and he delivers a surprisingly energetic, humorous performance. His interaction and dialogue with the protagonists made for a fun dynamic.

Returning from the first film, but in smaller roles, were former bosses Julia, played by Jennifer Aniston and Dave, played by Kevin Spacey. Both did fine work here for the limited time they had on screen, especially Aniston.

The same can be said about Jamie Foxx who once again acted as Dean “MF” Jones. There is a sequence toward the film’s climax where Foxx’s character becomes heavily involved and he provided plenty of laughs.

It’s hard to say the same for Christoph Waltz, who more or less played the same type of character he has in some other work. It’s not to say this performance was bad, Waltz simply didn’t have enough screen time to create a memorable comedic acting job.

“Horrible Bosses 2” doesn’t do anything new and reuses some of the humor from the first movie. That being said, it still provides plenty of laughs thanks to its strong comedic cast. It’s not as funny as the other comedy sequel this year, “22 Jump Street,” but it does hold its own. 3 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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