FILM REVIEW: HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 (15) SHOWCASE
CINEMAS PETERBOROUGH, OUT NOW
CAST: JASON BATEMAN, JASON SUDEIKIS, CHARLIE DAY, JENNIFER ANISTON, JAMIE FOXX, CHRISTOPH WALTZ, CHRIS PINE & KEVIN SPACEY
RUNNING TIME: 1 HRS 48 MINS
DIRECTOR: SEAN ANDERS
Here’s the comedy that’s been branded both the ‘best’ and ‘worst’ comedy of 2014 by various critics, writes MIKEY CLARKE.
The follow-up to the surprise 2011 comedy smash has seriously split the room – but Horrible Bosses 2 IS just as good as its predecessor.
If your response to that is, “Well, it couldn’t be any worse” then this is not the movie for you. If you enjoyed the first, then you’ll get a kick out of this flick – it’s as simple as that.
This sequel reunites Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) – who are now their own bosses. They’re the proud owners of a product called ‘The Shower Buddy’, which catches the attention of a successful businessman named Bert Hanson (Django Unchained’s Oscar-Winner Christoph Waltz) who places a generous order for their product.
The trio quickly move into manufacturing, and after a lot of work and $500,000 dollars later, are told by Bert that he no longer wants the order he has made. Desperate and angry, they decide to seek revenge on the billionaire, by kidnapping his son (Star Trek’s Chris Pine). But alas, things don’t go quite as planned.
Fans of the first film will be pleased to hear that their latest hair-brained scheme sees them team up with familiar faces, such as their criminal adviser (Jamie Foxx), Nick’s former boss (Kevin Spacey) and the sex addict (Jennifer Aniston).
Horrible Bosses 2 is at its best when the supporting cast make an appearance. It’s a shame they weren’t used more – particularly Jamie Foxx, who steals the show in the few scenes he stars in.
My biggest criticism is that the filmmakers have played it too safe. This jokes and structure are almost identical to its predecessor – so much so, the two films are starting to blend together.
Sadly with its A-List cast and promising predecessor, it could have been the comedy ofthe year with a bit more ingenuity.
But as it stands it certainly isn’t as bad as some critic circles are making out – with enough laughs here to make it well worth the cost of your ticket.