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Horrible Bosses 2 – Review


Release Date: 26 November 2014 [USA]
Director: Sean Anders
Writer: Sean Anders - John Morris [Screenplay] - Jonathan M. Goldstein - John Francis Daley - Sean Anders - John Morris [Story]
Cast: Jason Bateman - Jason Sudeikis - Charlie Day - Jennifer Aniston - Kevin Spacey - Jamie Foxx



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Posted December 18, 2014 by

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Horrible Bosses 2 Review:

Sequels, sequels, sequels. Doesn’t anyone think we can just leave it at the first film rather than tackle a second coming. Well Horrible Bosses is the next in line as it tackles it’s sequel with returning cast members Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis as Nick, Dale and Kurt who have decided they’ve had enough of having bosses (and trying to kill them) so they’ve changed their mind and became their own boss until everything goes horribly wrong.

Yeah with a slightly different twist rather than go for the copy of ‘that worked lets do it again’ (aka The Hangover 2) this time we follow Nick, Dale and Kurt who’ve came up with the shower buddy and they’re trying to turn this into their job. Everythign seems to be going brilliantly after meeting with father/son Burt and Rex Hanson (played by Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine) but of course Waltz’s evil Burt Hanson is a business man and decides to mess things up for the guys leading to the three devising an idea to kidnap Chris Pine’s character Rex.

Well the plot seems legit but does it hold anything on to the previous instalment? We;; yes and no. For me I came here to watch Horrible Bosses 2 for the characters as the three together (Bateman, Day and Sudeikis) have an unbelievable chemistry which makes a match made in heaven. The three just bounce off of each other with their jokes and it all feels extremely natural, so natural it feels like these guys aren’t even acting.

To see the three cast back together was the main thing however what falls apart is the plot which feels too up scaled from the previous instalment. Yeah it’s a daft idea trying to kill your boss but in the first they never actual do any of that. It’s more or less just them messing up every time and this is exactly the same so not a lot has been changed with the formula however the introduction of the almost pointless Christoph Waltz (who doesn’t add anything in, not even humour) who just felt like a very underuse of his acting ability. Chris Pine added very little as well, but more than his counter part, making just a more crazy character than anything else. However one of the best jokes from the film involved himself and the guys as Pine’s Rex starts punvhing himself with Sudeikis’ Kurt shouts ‘He’s fight clubbing himself.’ It’s the lack of jokes like these which resemble the first film so well which brings the film down a peg or two.

Although still a good film, with returning Kevin Spacey who’s hilarious as always and of course the brilliant Jennifer Anniston who sadly didn’t have near enough as many scenes as she should have but always delivered her sex addict boss style from the first film, it sadly just doesn’t quite go on par with the first film with some areas just feeling identical to the previous instalment. It’s still worth the watch for the few laughs it has and don’t get me wrong it’s a good film but just didn’t quite have me on the floor like the first film did, which is a pity.


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Matthew Reay
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    Nice review man! I agree that it wasn’t as great as the original film, but to be honest I think it was a fairly good sequel (when you compare it to that of The Hangover 2 for example which was pretty poor). I think they did the right thing in changing the plot rather than basically doing the same again in a different setting, but yes got to agree the plot and coming to think of it Christoph Waltz’ part were pretty weak.

    The only thing I can’t agree with is the Chris Pine comment man, I thought he stole the show personally and was a great addition to the film.

    But yeah great review Matthew! Will have to read more of your reviews 🙂

    Cheers, Nick


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