Cert: 15 Runtime: 108 mins Director: Sean Anders Cast: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudekis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey
New Crime, Same Tools
Let’s go back to 2011 I did announce my admiration for Horrible Bosses. It was different, hilarious and a semi naked Jennifer Aniston! I didn’t imagine they could make a sequel out it, but when a film is successful we always expect a second. Bateman, Sudekis, Day, Aniston, Spacey and Foxx came back, with a few extra inclusions. This time we are witnessing a kidnapping not murder. What can Horrible Bosses 2 be about then? After their previous experiences, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) have had enough of idiot bosses. So they decide to go into business together, marketing a ‘Shower Buddy’. The bickering threesome think they’re on their way to untold riches when investor Bert Hanson (Christoph Waltz) comes on board. But dastardly Hanson cheats and discards them. Burning for revenge, our bumbling heroes decide to kidnap his playboy son, Rex (Chris Pine), and demand a hefty ransom. Alas, it soon becomes clear that they’ve bitten off far more than they can chew!
This movie is dumb, but I rather enjoyed it. It was not as good as it’s predecessor, but it’s enjoyable. Without it’s stellar cast it wouldn’t succeed. Sudekis and Bateman were on top form as usual, but Charlie Day was rather annoying. He was shouting a lot for me, he became irritating. New addition Chris Pine was funny, I never thought he could be a comedic actor. It was very out of type for him, and I hope to see him venturing more into comedy. Christoph Waltz seemed like a fish out of water, which is difficult for me to say. He is a phenomenal actor but this was just a pay cheque job for him. Foxx and Spacey reprising their roles were on par as the last time, with much less screen time. It was disappointing not to have more Jennifer Aniston in HB2, but she stole every scene she was in. Obviously with a squeal we can’t have to much repetition I guess. The plot was decent but very predictable! I was about three steps ahead most of the time. The dialogue was a but bland with some very dated jokes. You could tell there was improvisation and this was the saving grace of the film.
Horrible Bosses 2 doesn’t quite aim beyond than being more outrageous and, well, big. It doesn’t bother bringing some consideration to its dark concept of killing and even kidnapping their bosses. Instead, we have these characters doing the same stuff, except with over-the-top attitude. It’s not bad but it’s not good, there are some hilarious moments here and there, but in the end this is just another needless sequel. It’s not really that hard to think of good ideas for these movies, but Horrible Bosses 2 chooses to be mediocre but enjoyable anyway. There’s some fine effort in craft, but if they don’t want to be bold enough to take its darkness into a different level, then they could have at least be as creative as they were at the first one. If they make a third I do hope they will push the boat out. As negative I may seem, I would definitely watch it again. I do enjoy a movie where I don’t have to think to much.