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. Written by SantaClaus
November 26, 2014
Bends you over a barrel of laughs and shows you the 50 states.
Horrible Bosses 2 picks up right where the original left off, joining Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) on another hair brained scheme. They are joined by some familiar faces, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx as well as some new characters played by Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz. This time our guys find themselves involves in a kidnapping plot, where similar to the Big Lebowski the kidnapping details come secondary to big laughs. Bateman, Sudeikis and Day show us they are a comedy trio as strong as the original Stooges. Yet they have the endurance to push it to a second film and with any luck, beyond.
Having recently sat through the molestation of my childhood favorite comedy in Dumb and Dumber To, I needed to be reminded of how occasionally Hollywood gets it right. Like in this movie and 22 Jump Street; a film I feel is as much on par, getting the same level of fresh laughs. I just love a good comedy, enough to subject myself to the long shot of an enjoyable sequel. Like a battered wife I went back to all three Hangover films. They will change, they will get better, I promise. Never did. The writer and director of Horrible Bosses 2 Sean Anders, was one of the many writers called on to fix the Dumb and Dumber To script. I assume he saved all his good ideas for HB2. And with a cast as great as this, from what I can assume are genuinely hilarious actors all at the top of their game. Face it Jim Carrey, the torch needs to be passed.
What works so well about HB2 is it does not try to recreate the original, shot for shot, plot for plot. If fans wanted to see the exact same film they would rent Horrible Bosses 1. The formula in HB2 is they take the brilliant dynamic of the guys, bring back the hilarious side characters and up the stakes with some new blood. This film has quotability, re-watchability and with any luck a fun filled franchise that can continue to generate great laughs. Or know when to quit when its ahead.
Yes!!! I knew (My Hollywood Boyfriend) Jason Bateman wouldn’t let me down — he and the rest of the cast of Horrible Bosses 2 showed us how to properly put out a funny sequel. After a disappointing Dumb and Dumber To, this movie was a welcome surprise that needs to be on your list when it’s your turn to pick. If you are looking at the line-up for the weekend and just want something everyone will enjoy, check out Horrible Bosses 2. It’s worth the box office price with a side of popcorn and a coke!
Horrible Bosses 2 was exactly what I was hoping for — a fun, great, laugh out loud movie to step away from reality a bit and hang out with some of our favorite guys. For those of us that like adding movie one-liners to our repertoire, — Bateman, Sudeikis and Day are happy to oblige. There were so many funny moments from the best characters in Horrible Bosses plus the welcome addition of Chris Pine and Christopher Waltz.
The movie didn’t try to remake Horrible Bosses. It didn’t try to force us into a “thou shall think this is funny” jokes. You don’t need to see Horrible Bosses to understand or enjoy the sequel. It seemed to just be a fun movie to make. When you can feel genuine chemistry on the screen it plays out for the audience. Simply put, it’s just good comedy with a well written script acted by a group of folks who really seem to enjoy each other. Will it someday be on the AFI Top 100 list? No. Is it something you’ll want to see again? Absolutely. Will we add it to our purchased list when released to DVD? Oh yes! It’s one of those movies that is good to put on when you have someone visiting or just want a night away from drama (on screen or in life!)
I’m not usually one to comment on the soundtrack — that’s Matt’s speciality! But I must say every song seemed to come straight from my playlist! Who doesn’t want to enjoy a bit of Katy Perry “Roar” with some Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Can’t Hold Us”! Fantastic! Are they still making movie soundtrack CD’s anymore?!?! Because I’m in!
On a personal note — I also enjoyed the “American Manufacturing” and “American Dream” basis for the script. Being a huge of American Manufacturing, the story was a welcome (and funny) look at the challenges of “Making it in America”. One of my favorite lines that I think will get a chuckle out of manufacturing fans — “The American Dream is built in China”. Hilarious.
Bottom line, there are some laughs in here for everyone (unless you can’t handle potty humor … that’s what this is full of!) Take break from the holiday season upon us and check out my boyfriend Jason…ahh… I mean the movie Horrible Bosses 2 😉
Special THANK YOU to LatinoScoop.com for tickets to the Horrible Bosses 2 Screening … You Rock!!!