Not as good as the original … but far from horrible!
After the crazy events of the first movie, few people knew a second movie was already in the works. It makes sense though as every success in Hollywood gets a sequel or, God forbid, a whole string of sequels, usually resulting in a decline of the original movie’s quality. But how do you make another movie about a bunch of spineless pencil-pushers trying to kill their boss? Well, you come up with a simple yet innovating storyline, a new boss who’s even lousier than before and enough jokes – dirty or otherwise – to keep the movie fresh for its entire running course.
What makes Horrible Bosses 2 so appealing is basically the main trio leading the story. They are so perfectly straightforward in character yet each with their own set of quirkiness – and they each fulfill their own role in the group to the point where it wouldn’t even be considered a travesty to call this tantalizing trio one of the finest ensembles in recent movie history. Especially Jason Sudeikis is often so funny he’s on another planet. He delivers his lines with the greatest of ease and comes off naturally. At times it seems like he’s just having a good time on the set, nothing more.
This is different from actor Jason Bateman who remains the most serious of the group and by being this serious he only intensifies the slapstick of his other partners. It’s quite similar to the role Jason Bateman played in the wonderfully entertaining TV-show Arrested Development.
Lastly there is the shortest one of the group, Charlie Day. Here’s a character who’s either screaming most of the time, panicking or simply saying stupid stuff when he should’ve kept his mouth shut. He also serves his purpose as a character were it not for the plain and simple fact that he doesn’t contribute the same weight in the group. But this naive uselessness as a guy who’s part of the game but forgets how to play it is exactly what makes him so much fun to watch. He isn’t exactly dumb, but he often has no clue.
Luckily the attractive Jennifer Aniston is there to give Charlie Day a hand (and loads more if it were up to her). Jennifer Aniston reprises her role as the sexually-addicted female doctor and does so with much enthusiasm.
Whether it is because she can finally shed the skin of her elegant character from the popular TV-show Friends or because playing naughty glamour girls is such a treat to her astonishing natural beauty or acting talent, we don’t know – but it seems playing sexy barbie-doll girls is all Jennifer Aniston does as of late, proof of concept that other devil-may-care comedy, We’re the Millers. Not that we’re complaining though … she has the body and facial structure to pull it off! Oh yes … pull it off … okay, I overdid it, sorry …
Also returning from the first movie are Oscar-winners Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx. Whilst the first one is in prison, the second one is still sipping his drink LL Cool J-style in a local bar, offering slices of good advice.
It would seem Horrible Bosses 2 is crammed with familiar faces, because new to the job is Chris Pine as the rich kid with the toothpaste-white business smile and gentleman-charms (or is he?) and his pappy Christoph Waltz who holds more power than any other character in the movie, until … well, we can’t say … that would spoil the movie.
However, it’s a bit odd that a great actor such as two time Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz – perhaps as a result of the fact that his character isn’t all that interesting to begin with – doesn’t really know how to impress all that much. In fact, he is the only one who doesn’t bring anything new to the table. If anything, he seems to slow down the script considerably. All the other characters and/or actors are far more appealing to look at …
One special note ought to go to Jonathan Banks who stars as Detective Hatcher. Why make a special note? Because his character shares a close resemblance to that other guy he played (and which ultimately made him super-famous), hitman Mike from Breaking Bad. Jonathan Banks plays his character in this movie with the same puppy-eyed, grumbling, laid-back marvel that you would swear both characters were related to one another.
With so much talent it isn’t a stretch to make Horrible Bosses 2 a successful sequel. However, the real deal is that the script and the story are the first reasons as to why this formula still works. Then again, we know for a fact that most of the jokes were unscripted and that would imply the brilliance of some of its lead actors. I guess this is one of those times where you have a director who knows how to link a beautiful script to the right people … well done, Sean Anders!
Give it to me straight:
Horrible bosses 2 isn’t a movie that breaks new ground, but it does exactly what you’d expect from a comedy sequel. It’s funny. And still original, not a thing to be underestimated. Horrible bosses 2 takes just about the right amount of stuff from the first movie and uses it as a building block to construct the frame of movie number two.
The result is very pleasing to the eye (and no, we’re not just referring to the deliciously naughty Jennifer Aniston). You have a set of great actors, especially the chemistry of the happy trio is just as entertaining as it was when we first saw them. The jokes are sometimes a little bit too typically American-dirty, but unlike most silly comedies, this one gets away with it, kudos to the talented cast members. In the end, Horrible bosses 2 is just a very decent comedy, nothing more, nothing less.
Give it to me short:
If you liked the first one, you’ll like this one just as much. It’s almost as good as the first movie and all those wonderful ingredients have returned, albeit with a slightly different flavor this time.