JASON BATEMAN   CHARLIE DAY   JASON SUDEIKIS   CHRIS PINE

JENNIFER ANISTON   CHRISTOPH WALTZ   JAMIE FOXX   KEVIN SPACEY

HORRIBLE BOSSES 2

The long line of unnecessary sequels continues to grow. A raunchy buddy comedy that made far more money at the box office than was ever intended returns with everyone from the original and even more high profile faces. Not that Horrible Bosses 2 is a good film or even something worth recommending, but it is much easier to sit through or tolerate than the recent Dumb & Dumber sequel. It’s what a modern version of the Three Stooges would look like, apparently. Jennifer Aniston continues to be the funniest element to this series with her sex addicted character that far outweighs the dirty behavior of any other character. Horrible Bosses 2 gets about the same amount of laughs as the original, they are not aiming for anything higher than organized stupidity.

 ​Attempting to start their own company and never work for another boss again, Nick (Bateman), Kurt (Sudeikis) and Dale (Day) invent what they call a ‘shower buddy’, which is a dispenser full of shampoo, body wash and conditioner that attaches to a shower head. A global company headed by Bert Henson (Waltz) and his son Rex (Pine) show interest but deal the guys a dirty hand. Now desperate to recoup their loss, they plan to kidnap Rex and demand ransom. But Rex wants to be kidnapped to get back at his money hungry father. The guys don’t know what to make of the double crosser Rex but have no choice but to go along with his plan.

 ​The kidnapping plot, which infects nearly the entire script, is boring and transparent as a plot; even the characters suspect Rex as the conniving back-stabber. Pine (Star Trek), in a rare ruthless turn, makes for a perfect villain. The moments when they deviate from the boring old plot to meet with Foxx’s character or Aniston’s memorable Dr. Julia Harris are the highlights. The problem, just like before, is that Sudeikis (We Are the Milelrs) and Bateman play the same characters we have grown bored with them playing. Day is the Zach Galafinakis of the Hangover films. His rampant and unyielding motor mouth dialogue will make you wish for a mute button.

 ​This sequel, like all other R-rated buddy comedies, begins with penis jokes (actually, it’s the first scene) and ends with them. Some of the funniest jokes are unscripted and following the credits. Oscar winners Waltz (Inglorious Bastards) and Spacey (American Beauty) are basically extended cameos. Pine is a good replacement for Colin Farrell, but it isn’t enough to make this film better than the original. The stupidity can nearly be called at every gag, which includes racist jokes at nearly every turn. Mainstream comedies like this one give the audience that likes this stuff exactly what they expect, and nothing more or less. The lack of commitment and creativity (unlike Bateman’s recent Bad Words) shows on all their faces.

Final Thought – Almost worth recommending for Aniston’s few scenes.

Grade C

By: Dustin Chase