Editor’s Note: This review comes to us from guest writer and all around awesome lady, Louise Du Cray. We look forward to having her skills and face on the good starship Aggressive!)
Horrible Bosses 2 is, in nearly all ways, exactly what you would expect – and if that’s the kind of thing you’re into, I can pretty much guarantee you’re going to enjoy it.
That may sound like a cop-out, but it’s true: as a worthy follow-up to 2011’s Horrible Bosses, it hits all the notes of Seth Gordon’s original film. It’s a dark buddy crime comedy, with a genuinely enjoyable supporting cast that makes it worth suffering through the occasional cringe-worthy moment or sophomoric dick joke. Hapless beta males Nick, Kurt and Dale, who managed to get out of the first movie alive and un-incarcerated, return with a brand-new scheme.
This time around they’re going legit and have decided to start their own company, but things go awry when they do business with the wrong investors — Christoph Waltz as Bert Hanson, and Chris Pine as his smarmy son Rex. Things continue to go awry, and then oh man, do they go more awry than that. Rinse, repeat.
This outing is directed by Sean Anders, who is generally known for writing by-the-numbers comedies that end up being better than they have any right to be, such as Hot Tub Time Machine and She’s Out Of My League. I felt like this film actually flowed better than the first one, and there were more bona fide belly laughs to be had.
The newcomers add a lot; there is a small but memorable appearance by Keegan-Michael Key, it’s great to see Chris Pine play such a scruffy unrepentant brat, and Waltz is perfect as a handsome and cold-blooded businessmonster. (Christoph Waltz is always perfect and should be in every movie, probably. Who do I talk to about this?)
The only beef I really have is with Jennifer Aniston’s ha-ha-rape-is-funny subplot, which was super uncomfortable in the first film and continues to be not hilarious – which sucks, because Jennifer is the only female lead, and I like her. But it’s just played for the wrong kind of laughs.
In any case, if you’re lucky enough to be able to side-eye that bit and move on, Horrible Bosses 2 is a completely serviceable silly comedy. If you enjoy watching Jason Bateman’s face look 1000% done with everything, or if you get a kick out of seeing Charlie Day’s dewy-eyed earnestness regularly dissolve into outright mania, there are definitely worse ways to kill two hours and a box of Junior Mints.
Horrible Bosses 2 opens in theaters later this month on November 26th, 2014: