Horrible Bosses 2 Review

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By Justin Jasso (@jjasso007)



Turn down for what!? A common saying on Fridays as work ends, the weekend begins and the clubs are about to start poppin’ like a pill. Whether your job is fantastic or your job is one where you’d rather chew on glass light bulbs, the weekend is something we all look forward to (unless you work in a hospital and there’s no such thing as a ‘weekend’ off). So, what does one do when they have jobs with the most “horrible bosses”? Well, in the first film, Horrible Bosses, you attempt to murder your bosses. Not that we promote murdering your bosses, or anyone for that matter, but when a film does as well as it did, you come back for a second round. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you, Horrible Bosses 2!

Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) are back after we saw them last. After such a horrible experience, they’ve decided that it’s time to stop being the mindless drones who are always crapped on and it’s time to be their own bosses. It’s time to be in the position of having all the power and no one to answer to but themselves. So they start their own business, creating their own product, and drawing the interest of Rex (Chris Pine) and his multi-millionaire father (Christoph Waltz). But once a deal is struck, things don’t go down as they should have, leaving the guys in a bad way. So, again, they must consult Dean “MF” Jones (Jamie Fox) as well as reach out to their former bosses for help. This should work out, right?

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As we have seen with most films that are absolutely epic, the sequel, usually, doesn’t nearly live up to its predecessor. All we need do is look at the evidence. The Hangover 2, The Amazing Spider-man 2, Thor 2, Despicable Me 2… and the list goes on. But Horrible Bosses 2 decided to go the route of X-Men: DoFP and be better than the original. There is the formula, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. So Horrible Bosses 2 brings back its original cast members while adding to the cast with quality actors in the forms of Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz. Now, at the same time, for a comedy sequel to be successful, you have to have quality writing, and Sean Anders (who also directs the film) and John Morris do just that. The jokes are ramped up as is the comedy and that line that one shouldn’t cross is pushed that much further, making it even more crude and risque and utterly enjoyable. But none of this matters if the cast isn’t up to the challenge of delivering quality character work.

Bateman, Sudeikis, and Day are as memorable as they were in the first film, maybe even more so. It’s hard to imagine… ok, it’s IMPOSSIBLE to imagine three other guys in these roles. They just fit the characters so perfectly and bring them to life in a way that makes you happy to be alive in this day and age. Christoph Waltz is more underutilized in the film, so it’s hard to say whether he really fits in. But he plays the role he is given well enough. I mean, he’s Christoph Waltz, he could play the role of “paint drying” and still be amazing. Chris Pine is something fresh to the film, adding his own personal take to his character. And though this isn’t a new character, he still plays the part well throughout and is a catalyst for the stories progression. Jennifer Aniston is absolutely hilarious as Dr. Julia Harris with some of the best moments of the film, and that’s saying something as this film is almost two hours of great moments. Jamie Foxx is, once again, his big, bad “MF” self, picking right up where we left off with him, but with a slightly expanded role the second time around. As a whole, the cast works perfectly together delivering a hilarious body of work for the audience.

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Horrible Bosses 2 is exactly what we want from a successful comedy and from a sequel. Build upon what we had before, have a fun story and jokes that actually work. And with a cast such as this, it’s pretty easy to see why they were so successful with their first go around. Be forewarned, the crude humor has been raised a couple notches, so if you’re worried about younger children being exposed to sexual innuendo or talk about extreme sexual behavior that turns people on, you may want to leave the kids at home with a PlayStation 4, Netflix and some pizza so you can get out and enjoy this epic comedy. Horrible Bosses 2 will brighten your day, leave you laughing for hours after the film has ended and remind you that your job isn’t so bad.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


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