By Jack Rico
The “1-4-0”: #HorribleBosses2 propagates the same silly comedy that is tiring out in America. There isn’t anything inventive/clever worth praising here.
The Gist: The gang gets back together to instead of murdering their boss, to kidnap his son and get a fat ransom to sustain their struggling business.
What Works: The best parts of Horrible Bosses 2 are, once again, Jennifer Aniston’s filthy and uncensored potty mouth. Unlike her character, the sex addict dentist Dr. Julia Harris, Aniston in real life has projected a wholesome, conservative, girl-next-door dimension to her film work, so to hear her spew such explicit sexual obscenities is what humor is all about. The contrast, the unexpectedness of it all is very amusing.
What Doesn’t Work: Comedic movies to me have always been about how much they can make you laugh. It’s the only real way I can judge them. I imagine it’s mostly the same for moviegoers. Horrible Bosses 2, much like the original, puts the cast in awkward, uncomfortable and comical situations, but that doesn’t mean the results are rib-cracking hilarious. Most of the “jokes” in the film have the characters talking over each other in gibberish and acting utterly stupid, which becomes very tiring, very quickly. It’s a throwback to the days of the Three Stooges humor when common sense was seen as an implausible feat. But comedy has evolved drastically since those days and actual jokes with wit and a strong punchline rarely exist here. You could argue that the cast is very charming, specially Chris Pine who also gave a fantastic histrionic performance in Disney’s musical Into The Woods, but charm only gets you so far.
Pay or Nay? Nay. Much like Dumb and Dumber To, there isn’t anything creative, different or smart about this dimwitted movie worth extolling.
Rated: R for strong crude sexual content and language throughout.
Release Date: November 26, 2014
Screenplay: Sean Anders, John Morris
Director(s): Sean Anders
Starring: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Christoph Waltz, Chris Pine
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Film Genre: Comedy