Movie Review: Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)

Posted: August 4, 2015 in Comedy
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Nick (Jason Bateman) Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) want to start their own company and have a new product, The Shower Buddy.  They take it to one of the biggest catalog companies in America, and Rex Hanson (Chris Pine) offers to buy them out, but his father, Bert Hanson (Christoph Waltz) has a better offer.  But when Bert double-crosses the boys, Nick, Kurt and Dale hatch a plan to kidnap Rex, and use the proceeds to buy back their company.  Does their plan work , or does something go awry?

The first half hour of this movie has a few jokes and I thought this movie had potential.  But then, this movie goes into a non-comedic black hole and does not come out.  The first movie was pretty funny, but the whole premise of making a sequel is to make a movie better than the first one, this movie is not better, it’s the same movie with slightly different circumstances, and that is not good enough for a sequel.  It’s too long, and most of the ideas are not even funny.  Case in point, there’s a train scene that is interminably long, and it just goes on and on and on.

I like Jason Bateman, his low key understated style has made him a star of many underrated films, like Dodgeball, Extract, and the first Horrible Bosses movie, but lately he’s made movies like Identity Thief, This Is Where I Leave You, and, this movie.  He needs to go back to low key roles in low budget movies and maybe he can get his mojo back.  I also like Charlie Day, especially in Pacific Rim, but too much of him is not a good thing, his voice can be grating, and in this movie, he annoyed me.  Jason Sudeikis is funny, but  he has the same role as before.  Jamie Foxx has a funny cameo, as does Kevin Spacey, there should have been more of them, and less of the bumbling principals.  Jennifer Anniston is not funny, she should stop trying to be.  Chris Pine tries comedy and fails, epicly.  Is that a word?  No?  You get the idea.  Christoph Waltz isn’t given anything funny to do, and I still like his performance, it must be residual Tarantino love.

If there is an ideal length for a comedic movie it is 90 minutes, if the director could have cut it down to 90 minutes and gotten better performances from Pine and Anniston, maybe this movie would have been better, but the poor quality of the film has more to do with bad writing, than bad direction.

Horrible Bosses 2:  Writers, you’re fired!

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