When you decide to go and see a movie called Office Christmas party, you shouldn’t complain afterwards that it was a stupid comedy. Reading the plot and watching the trailer should warn you ahead that this isn’t the kind of comedy that contains any brilliant acting or great dialogues.
Basically the movie shows a fun party with crazy colleagues doing crazy things. There’s drugs, there’s booze and there’s naked chicks xeroxing their boobs on the copy machine. Occasionally, you also get a few half-naked dudes showing off their penises or shouting out loud of how they’re invincible.
It’s a lot of fun to watch, but after almost three quarters of an hour, you’re quite fed up with the whole celebrating stuff … and you hope for a little bit of story development.
Don’t hold your breath – this movie contains as much character depth as the empty bottles of wine on the carpet floor!
The story, straightforward and super-simplistic to the point where it becomes boring, is basically about a group of misfits who use their office space as a discotheque so as to entertain some rich guy and close a contract with him, thus saving everyone’s job and the future of the company.
It’s a nice idea and, at first, the movie certainly works. But as we pass the mark of 1 hour … we fall into a bland and uninspiring mess of silly jokes that hardly raise a smile.
If it weren’t for the craziness of the party itself, this movie would’ve bombed harder than Hiroshima.
Hey … wait a minute! Maybe we gotta get drunk first in order to enjoy this movie …
Did you know?
Many of the scenes during the party were made up as they went along, such as the Tarzan-scene on the chandelier.
Give it to me short:
Office Christmas party is hardly a weak movie – I mean, a few scenes are fun to watch – but it’s a movie that rides on the back of far better comedies such as ‘The hangover’ and ‘Horrible bosses’. Those movies had character. Those movies had an original story to tell. Office Christmas party is about a bunch of simple souls who party and tear down their offices in the process of too much booze, drugs and sex.
Most of the movie is about the party itself, but it’s like they rolled the cameras and allowed everyone to go crazy beyond count. Was there even a script to begin with? It seems all actors are making things up as they go along. Jennifer Aniston repeats her role as a managerial boss, though less frisky and enjoyable to watch, and Jason Bateman plays … well … Jason Bateman. He repeats the same schmuck-role he’s been playing pretty much all his life.
Office Christmas party is the kind of movie that only works when you’re watching it with your best friends on some Saturday sleepover party … or after you got really drunk, from alcohol that is, the chance you’ll get drunk from laughter has been reduced to a minimum.