Horrible Bosses 2: Film Review

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This is bigger, bolder and ruder than the original – but that doesn’t make it better. While it was enjoyable and pretty funny, it was too much and totally over the top. Producers clearly went for quantity over quality when it came to the jokes.

Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) are back and this time they are trying to be their own their bosses. They have invented their own product and find an investor in Chris Pine and his father Christoph Waltz. As usual, they soon get done over by the boss man and decide to get their money back by kidnapping Pine for a ransom. As you do.

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I loved the first film. It was so much better than I expected, so they set the level for pretty high and this just didn’t reach it. The writers clearly thought that taking all the best elements of the original and amping them up times ten would give them a winning formula this time around, but it didn’t work. It was trying a bit too hard. For example, Jennifer Aniston’s sex-addicted dentist says some REALLY dirty/rude stuff which is at times more gross than funny (and I love some dirty humour).  The attempts at comedy are often pretty weak and lame, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t chuckle at a few of them.

I don’t want to completely trash it though because it still bloody hilarious. The three guys have incredible chemistry and clearly improvised a lot of these jokes – but that doesn’t mean they all work. The camaraderie between them oozes off the screen and that’s the saving grace. Their characters are pretty one-dimensional (smart, jerk, a bit nuts) but you can almost forget about that. I found Dale quite annoying as he just shouted everything and I don’t consider that funny. He was the definition of ‘LOUD NOISES!’ (said in Brick Tamland voice).

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I love the new additions to the cast, especially Pine, in the craziest role I have ever seen him in. It is so different – I loved it. I’m sad Waltz is still playing the villain and didn’t get the opportunity to do some comedy. In fact, he barely gets to do anything. It was fantastic that Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx returned briefly – there were scene stealers. I find Aniston’s character a bit awkward and her part felt shoehorned into the script simply so she could return.

If you loved the first film, you will know what to expect and you will probably come out with a big smile on your face. It is entertaining and the cast save this film – just don’t expect any refreshing jokes.

Released Friday.

SEE ALSO: My pics from the U.K. premiere. 

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