Review of: Horrible Bosses 2

Rating 2.0

 

 

Well, Nick, Kurt and Dale are all back! And unfortunately they are not as funny in Horrible Bosses 2 as they were in the 2011 original. And this is not because they are using the same basic concept as the original. I like the formula, but this time it seemed a little too forced and, naturally enough, not as fresh.

The trio is back trying to get out of trouble by be being criminals. And as usual they are terrible it. They are trying to get out of being “cogs” and always having a boss by starting a bussiness of their own. And this time the bad guys in their plans are Bert and Rex Hanson, played wonderfully by Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine.

This trailer perfectly describes the premis of this sequel:

So, now the boys are trying their hand a kidnapping and as usual making a muck of everything. And I guess that is what is not fresh about this sequel. In the first Horrible Bosses you were not ever completely sure if they were going to be as stupid as they seemed. In this movie there is no doubt. It is a little like watching a train wreck. You can see it coming and you just know the car will not get off the tracks in time.

To be fair, this is a funny movie and there are some unexpected twists in the plot. I liked that I was not sure how they were going to get out the corner thaey got themselves in. Additionally, it was fun to see the cast from the original back together. Charlie Day, Jason Sudekis and Jason Bateman great together. Their comic timing and chemistry are great. I just wish they could find another premise to display their talents together. And it is always great to see Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey and especially Jennifer Aniston.

 

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We saw this movie on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, and was a nice alternative to fighting the hordes of frenzied shoppers. But you could also wait until the movie is on cable.

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