Horrible Bosses 2
Horrible Bosses 2
Director: Sean Anders
Writers: Sean Anders, John Morris, Jonathan M. Goldstein, John Francis Daley
Cast: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz, Jonathan Banks, Lindsay Sloane, Keegan-Michael Key, Kelly Stables, Jerry Lambert, Sam Richardson, Brianne Howey
Synopsis: Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don't go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme.
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong crude sexual content and language throughout
6 / 10
- Acting performances were good
- The main cast had great comedic timing; especially Jamie Foxx
- Loved how the two old bosses from the previous one were integrated into this movie.
- Jokes were funnier than the ones we got from the first movie.
- Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz do a great job complimenting the rest of the cast, with their performances.
- Sean Anders does a fairly decent job directing this movie
- Cinematography wasn't too bad.
- Although the story is funnier than the first one, the reality is the plot for this sequel is basically a rehash of what we got in the original; with a few notable changes here and there.
- Movie is very predictable.
- Some of the jokes are obviously rehashed versions of ones we got from the first movie, but it's not as bad as "Dumb and Dumber To" though.
- The film drags at times, where it feels longer than it's hundred minute run time.
Revenge is a dish best served cold...except when it's being done by idiots....
Although there's been quite a few films that are considered classics in cinematic history, we've also had a lot of stinkers as well. However, the reality is that majority of the movies that come out these days fall right in the middle, when it comes to quality. And, it seems "Horrible Bosses 2" just happens to be one of those middle of the road comedies. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it's terrible or anything.
Far from it actually. Sure, the movie is funny, which is basically what you'd want from any comedy. The actors still continue to have great on screen chemistry together, and everyone seems to deliver great comedic performances. Granted, I would never put any of these actors up there with the all time greats like Robin Williams, Jerry Lewis, Eddie Murphy and etc. However, some of these actors come pretty damn close though; particularly Jamie Foxx, who continues to kill it as "Motherf**ker Jones."
However, like most generic sequels these days, it's the script that happens to be the problem. At the end of the day, it's still the same damn story. Sure, the plot might seem different upon first glance, but the premise is still basically the same. In the first one, you had three guys that were constantly being f**ked over by their bosses, so they schemed something illegal take them out. In this sequel, the same three guys try to start a new business, but they get f**ked over by some rich douchebag, so they scheme something illegal to get revenge on him.
And like the first one, they turn to their shady friend, Motherf**ker Jones, for advice. They try to do something illegal to the person they felt wronged them, while making comedic fools out of themselves along the way. Sprinkle in a couple of small roles for two of the previous horrible bosses from the last film, and that's basically the entire premise in a nutshell.
If you're expecting any kind of originality, then you're not going to find it here. Everything from beginning to end is predictable if you've seen the last movie. Granted, there's a few surprises here and there, but it's not enough to differentiate itself from the prequel.
As I pointed out earlier though, the movie is still very funny; in spit of it's many flaws. Most of the jokes are funnier than the ones we've seen in the first movie, and I loved how two of the old bosses from the prequel were integrated into this new one. Sure, some of the jokes are retreads of what we saw in the original, but the twists they spin on them feels fresh and original; which has to account for something. Besides, it's not as bad as that god awful "Dumb and Dumber To" fiasco.
As for the new cast members in Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz, they played their parts rather well. Chris Pine's quick wit and charm adds a perfect contrast to our three goofy protagonists, while Christoph manages to bring his warped cynical sense of humor to the fold. Think of Waltz's infamous "Inglourious Basterds" role if he were in a "Horrible Boss" film, and you should have a general idea how he plays his part in this feature.
Overall though, I wouldn't say "Horrible Bosses 2" is a bad movie per say. Granted, the film does drag a few times, and the story mostly feels like a repeat of what we got from the last movie. But all those issues aside, "Horrible Bosses 2" was still funny; which is really all that matters when it comes to a comedy.
Would I put this film as one of the all time great comedies? Certainly not. Would I say it's better than the first movie? Not exactly, but it's funnier than the first one if that means anything. For what "Horrible Bosses 2" is, it's a fairly decent comedy that's worth checking out on DVD/Blue Ray if you get a chance to rent it someday. However, I wouldn't bother seeing this one in theaters, as the unoriginal story doesn't make it worth the admission price.
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