Horrible Bosses 2

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Horrible Bosses 2

The main acting trio return for this sequel to 2011’s employment comedy ‘Horrible Bosses’, which is fair enough, as they got the casting right first time. Jason Bateman nails the comedic anxiety of a guy who’s always expecting the worst and is rarely disappointed; Charlie Day offers sincere to the point of panic-stricken; while Jason Sudeikis has his snarky would-be Lothario role down pat.

But if these three hoped for a sharper script this time out, they must be disappointed as they’re left to plod their way through another convoluted tale of criminal bumbling. This time, they target Christoph Waltz as the scheming home-catalogue magnate who’s swindled them on a deal to stock their get-rich-quick gizmo – the Shower Buddy. Yep, the same gay-panic humour is present and incorrect, while Jamie Foxx returns to have fun with badass racial stereotyping, Jennifer Aniston’s sex-addict dentist is shamelessly potty-mouthed, and even Kevin Spacey’s executive tyrant gets a brief look-in.

But the movie struggles in turning viable sketch characters into a sustained caper story, and a likeable cast only gets us so far before exasperation turns to dread. A moderately entertaining original, a barely passable sequel… That should be the end of it.

By: Trevor Johnston


Release details

Release date: Friday November 28 2014
Duration: 108 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Sean Anders
Screenwriter: Sean Anders, John Morris
Cast: Jennifer Aniston
Chris Pine
Christoph Waltz
Jason Bateman
Jason Sudeikis
Charlie Day

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2.7 / 5

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I would be disappointed if I went to the cinema to watch this but this is a passable comedy with some very funny lines. The plot is the usual bumbling criminals and how things go wrong but it does have some laugh out loud moments even though it's obvious at times. Chris Pine and Christopher Waltz also inject some added Hollywood fun into the mix!

Horrible Bosses 2 is hands down the worst film I have ever had the misfortune to watch. The first film in this franchise was actually very good, and with such a stellar cast I had high hopes for the second one. Alas, it did not live up to the billing. A ridiculous storyline, coupled with some pretty awful acting (Jason Bateman aside), left me regretting the waste of 2 hours of my life. I'd rather sit through the Sound of Music than watch this again - yes, it is that bad!