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Review: Horrible Bosses 2

Horrible Bosses 2
11.24.2014
5 10

PLOT: When a wealthy businessman steals their product, Nick, Kurt and Dale once again come up with a wholly illegal way to get revenge.

REVIEW: The main problem with HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 is that it's undisciplined; I know that sounds like a silly complaint for a R-rated comedy, but there's a sense that no one - not the actors nor the director nor the editor - is willing to hold back its cast from doing their schtick, which is played out time and time again to frequently painfully long durations. It's clear the gang has fun riffing off each other, so when they go off on one of their babbling tangents there's no turning back. And, at 108 minutes, HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 has a lot of tangents.

On the flipside, I like all of these people, and so HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 comes just close enough to wearing out its welcome without really doing so. It just should be so much funnier than it is.

Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day are back once again, this time putting their heads together for a product called the Shower Buddy that they hope will put them into a business of their own. When a rich businessman (Christoph Waltz) and his obnoxious son (Chris Pine) steal the product out from under them, they once again devise a scheme to get revenge, as well as their product back. Again asking advice from the very untrustworthy Motherf*cker Jones (Jamie Foxx), the guys plan to kidnap the son and ransom him to the father. Naturally, the plan falls to bits almost immediately, and since the father doesn't much care about the son, they have to figure out another way to gain leverage - if at all possible.

Everybody plays their assigned roles exactly the way they did the first time around: Bateman is once again the "smart" one who shoots down almost every dumb idea the other two hatch to little avail; Sudeikis is a crude jerk for whom no joke is too lowbrow, and Day is a high-strung moron who comes up with ridiculous notions without thinking them through. They're all spirited performers who are enjoyable to watch... up until a point. Director Sean Anders has a simple philosophy: point the camera at the three guys and let them go. And go and go; almost all of their conversations go on well past their expiration date; it becomes exhausting and repetitive.

HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 also assumes filthy humor is funny because it's filthy. I'm no prude; when it comes to comedy, nothing is off limits, but this film will trot out any old disgusting thing and expect us to laugh no questions asked. Conversations about young teenage boys having sex with one another, bathroom humor, casual racism; the works. It's not that it's offensive, it's just not clever in and of itself. Great comedy is all about timing and nuance, not just saying naughty words without substance. That's the very definition of juvenile.

And yet with a cast like this, the movie is still fairly hard to resist. Chris Pine steals his scenes as an incredibly irritating tool who actually wants to become friends with the guys when he figures out his father doesn't really care about him. He seems to be having more fun than anyone else, and his comedic timing is actually pretty impressive. I'm not so sure why Waltz was cast, as it's more or less a thankless role, but he too appears to be enjoying himself. Foxx is reliably great; Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston gamely reprise their roles as Bateman and Day's ex-bosses, respectively, and they don't phone it in for a second, even if their material isn't nearly as amusing as it was in the first film (Aniston in particular really lets her hair down with some of the film's most repulsive jokes.)

It's quite strange that it all doesn't come together more with such an impressive troupe, but I think it's because everyone is just having so much fun that they forgot the importance of an actual script; ad-libbing can be a wonderful thing, but it can only take you so far, and when it begins to feel like ad-libbing, it just becomes a chore to watch after a while.

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4:20PM on 11/28/2014

Pleasantly Surprised

Bought a ticket to see it this morning so I could catch the Star Wars teaser on the big screen, and I was very much pleasantly surprised! Everyone brought their A-game (except for Waltz, but he didn't have much to work with in the first place), and the chemistry among the entire cast is off the charts. Overall, your enjoyment will probably be predicated on how much you like the big three's schtick, and whether you can enjoy something because of how the actor's play off of each other. I dug it
Bought a ticket to see it this morning so I could catch the Star Wars teaser on the big screen, and I was very much pleasantly surprised! Everyone brought their A-game (except for Waltz, but he didn't have much to work with in the first place), and the chemistry among the entire cast is off the charts. Overall, your enjoyment will probably be predicated on how much you like the big three's schtick, and whether you can enjoy something because of how the actor's play off of each other. I dug it all the way through. 6.5/10
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12:37PM on 11/26/2014
Saw it last night. Sorry Eric. EASY 7/10...Every bit as hilarious as the first. Laughed almost non stop.
Saw it last night. Sorry Eric. EASY 7/10...Every bit as hilarious as the first. Laughed almost non stop.
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12:57AM on 11/25/2014
Bad news. The first was pretty funny. I had hoped this would be better, actually, and not the reverse. I'll probably still catch it, at least as a rental, but my expectations are toned.
Bad news. The first was pretty funny. I had hoped this would be better, actually, and not the reverse. I'll probably still catch it, at least as a rental, but my expectations are toned.
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5:58PM on 11/26/2014
It is as good. Maybe a little better... But that could just be because the jokes are fresh. There was one joke at the very beginning, with them pumping a water tank, that went on too long, but other than that... Hilarious movie.
It is as good. Maybe a little better... But that could just be because the jokes are fresh. There was one joke at the very beginning, with them pumping a water tank, that went on too long, but other than that... Hilarious movie.
8:56PM on 11/24/2014
I'm sad to see this score. The previews had me thinking it looked better the the original.
Sidenote: I read an interview in Entertainment Weekly with the three leads and they said very little of the movie was actually ad-libbing. So are they just down playing it or could the reviewer be incorrect and the scenes that drag on and on be scripted?
I'm sad to see this score. The previews had me thinking it looked better the the original.
Sidenote: I read an interview in Entertainment Weekly with the three leads and they said very little of the movie was actually ad-libbing. So are they just down playing it or could the reviewer be incorrect and the scenes that drag on and on be scripted?
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2:53PM on 11/24/2014

"HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 also assumes filthy humor is funny because it's filthy.

As soon as i read this, the reviewer discredited themselves.
As soon as i read this, the reviewer discredited themselves.
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4:09PM on 11/24/2014
I assume that's because you think it's funny to shout "POOP". Being crude is not in and of itself hilarious. At the end of the day, you still have to construct and actual...y'know...joke? Like, with a punchline and shit?
I assume that's because you think it's funny to shout "POOP". Being crude is not in and of itself hilarious. At the end of the day, you still have to construct and actual...y'know...joke? Like, with a punchline and shit?
3:05PM on 11/25/2014
Right, so because I said this, you think I enjoy all dumb toilet humor and think She-Chimp Sarah Silverman is hot & hilarious (**gag**). Great way to generalize my taste in comedy, snark-monkey.
Right, so because I said this, you think I enjoy all dumb toilet humor and think She-Chimp Sarah Silverman is hot & hilarious (**gag**). Great way to generalize my taste in comedy, snark-monkey.
2:14PM on 11/24/2014

Filthy humor is still funny.

Why does everyone try to act like they are some hipster douchebag who claims filthy humor just isn't their thing...

The movie is funny. If you liked the first one, and love Christoph Waltz in a villain role (who is at his best here!!) then see this film. Seriously, everyone is on top of their comedic game in this film. It isn't all dirty jokes either. But really, the movie is for people who enjoy comedies that aren't made by Woody Allen.
Why does everyone try to act like they are some hipster douchebag who claims filthy humor just isn't their thing...

The movie is funny. If you liked the first one, and love Christoph Waltz in a villain role (who is at his best here!!) then see this film. Seriously, everyone is on top of their comedic game in this film. It isn't all dirty jokes either. But really, the movie is for people who enjoy comedies that aren't made by Woody Allen.
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2:56PM on 11/24/2014
Waltz is barely even in it. I think Kevin Spacey's character had more screen time.
Waltz is barely even in it. I think Kevin Spacey's character had more screen time.
12:24PM on 11/24/2014
Most comedies these days barely even hit a 6/10 for me. So, while a 5 is still average overall, it won't be a complete waste of 6 dollars.
Most comedies these days barely even hit a 6/10 for me. So, while a 5 is still average overall, it won't be a complete waste of 6 dollars.
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12:22PM on 11/24/2014
Not sure if the ad-libbing will really turn me off from this one. The first one had a lot of ad-libbing, crude jokes and generally unnecessary scenes. But put it all together and the finished product turned out well. Part of what made the first movie so good was that the premise was so "out there" and to see these guys just react to whatever happens was hilarious.
Not sure if the ad-libbing will really turn me off from this one. The first one had a lot of ad-libbing, crude jokes and generally unnecessary scenes. But put it all together and the finished product turned out well. Part of what made the first movie so good was that the premise was so "out there" and to see these guys just react to whatever happens was hilarious.
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12:09PM on 11/24/2014

It was okay...

Saw it last Wed. And I kept having the same feeling like they weren't really doing anything new or funny. I chuckled here and there, don't get me wrong. But it felt like it wasn't as good as the first, even while watching it. And I was bummed that Waltz wasn't in it that much at all. Really admire him as an actor. Overall, I'd give it a 6-7/10. Definitely worth checking out, maybe as a download/rental though. Btw, the bloopers during the credits are pretty funny.
Saw it last Wed. And I kept having the same feeling like they weren't really doing anything new or funny. I chuckled here and there, don't get me wrong. But it felt like it wasn't as good as the first, even while watching it. And I was bummed that Waltz wasn't in it that much at all. Really admire him as an actor. Overall, I'd give it a 6-7/10. Definitely worth checking out, maybe as a download/rental though. Btw, the bloopers during the credits are pretty funny.
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12:00PM on 11/24/2014
Not surprised. Looks terrible. I thought the first one was shit. Still surprised a sequel was made...guess the box office for the piece was higher than I thought.
Not surprised. Looks terrible. I thought the first one was shit. Still surprised a sequel was made...guess the box office for the piece was higher than I thought.
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11:06AM on 11/24/2014

maybe spoilers in your review?

just skimming the article and they give the arc of chris pine's character away... stopped scrolling/skimming
just skimming the article and they give the arc of chris pine's character away... stopped scrolling/skimming
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11:49AM on 11/24/2014
That plot point was given away in the trailer
That plot point was given away in the trailer
12:11PM on 11/24/2014
Wasn't a spoiler. But if you want to complain about it, I'll give you a reason to. Pine betrays the 3 leads at the end. Not like you wouldn't have seen it coming. But there's your spoiler, bruh.
Wasn't a spoiler. But if you want to complain about it, I'll give you a reason to. Pine betrays the 3 leads at the end. Not like you wouldn't have seen it coming. But there's your spoiler, bruh.
12:58PM on 11/24/2014
He's Kahn.
He's Kahn.
7:18PM on 11/24/2014
I really hope that wasn't a spoiler @Pazuzu_Guerilla bc now you just ruined it for everybody. If it's true. Thanks a lot.
I really hope that wasn't a spoiler @Pazuzu_Guerilla bc now you just ruined it for everybody. If it's true. Thanks a lot.
10:46AM on 11/24/2014
Film looks funny and I thought one of the best aspects about the first one that is clearly shown stronger in the sequel is the chemistry between the three leads. The first one had a lot of crude jokes in it and I didn't mind. So the the fact that this one follows suit should be no different.
Film looks funny and I thought one of the best aspects about the first one that is clearly shown stronger in the sequel is the chemistry between the three leads. The first one had a lot of crude jokes in it and I didn't mind. So the the fact that this one follows suit should be no different.
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