Horrible Bosses 2
Directed by Sean Anders
Starring: Jason Bateman,
Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston
Rated R for strong crude sexual content and language throughout
1 hr. 48 min.
These days, any movie that has had success is pretty much guaranteed a follow-up. Sequels are about as rare as bad stock investments. (That does not include reboots, but it should.) Every once in a while, however, one of them pays off, and Horrible Bosses 2 is a fantastic example of where to put your hard-earned cash.
Done with answering to their sadistic higher-ups from the first film, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses by launching a fly-by-night business based on a rather wonky shower apparatus. An appearance on a local morning show garners them some attention, but a very slick investor soon turns the tables on them and screws them out of their money. Outplayed and extremely desperate (and also with no legal counsel) the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s grown-up son and ransom him to regain control of the company and get their money back.
This movie is an absolute joy to watch. The actors not only use their incredible talent to engage an audience, but also seem to be having a great time. There are some ensemble casts that exude smugness when getting together to film a movie, apparently using it to simply get paid. That is not even close to being the case with this group of actors. Not to say they didn’t clearly have a lot of fun filming this, but the banter between them is appealing, organic and genuine.
Having seen the first film definitely makes the storyline of this movie much easier (inside jokes and such), and that is pretty much the only flaw with this comedy. Outside of that, you have Jaime Foxx, who turns out a great performance as the seasoned criminal guiding the trio on their attempt at pulling off their crime; Jennifer Aniston as a sexually charged woman who can’t leave well-enough alone; and Chris Pine, who steps well outside of his usual hero mold to play one hell of a wily jackass; not to mention Kevin Spacey’s foul-mouthed awesomeness. The “villains” in this film are as much fun to hate as the “heroes” are to root for. And the heroes are surely the ones who make the film. The chemistry between the three leads carries the absurd events during the picture through some of the thicker moments. Fans will realize that the time the main actors have spent in the improv trenches of many reputable shows (Arrested Development, Always Sunny In Philadephia, Saturday Night Live) has made this movie something worth watching. Will there be a Horrible Bosses 3? If it is as good as this one, then yes. Yes there should be, anyway. And if any studio is listening, it will be a good investment.