“Horrible Bosses 2” Review
By Rob Jefchak
Stupid as it may sound, I actually put “Horrible Bosses” on my top movies of 2013 last year and no I don’t regret it one little bit. Watching 3 morons try to pull off triple homicide and fall in those most spectacularly stupid way had me laughing harder than any other movie comedy that year. So now as I sit down in the theater to see if “Horrible Bosses 2” can duplicate the same moronic magic as before, I worry that I may have already put my hopes up too high…we’ll see if that rings true or not.
Our 3 favorite boss haters Nick, Kurt and Dale (Jason Bateman, Jason Suedikis and Charlie Day) have gone into business for themselves by creating a new bathroom shower product they want to distribute but need to find a company to give them a financial nudge in the right direction. Unfortunately, they find Bert Hanson (Christoph Waltz) who ends up suckering the guys out of their money, product and business and plans to leave them in the dust while he makes off with their potential millions.
After consulting with their “criminal friend” (Jamie Foxx), the trio decides to try and kidnap Bert’s son, Rex (Chris Pine) and hold him for ransom but as always with this particular trio…nothing ever seems to go right when they try to do wrongs. Someone once wrote to Simpson’s creator Matt Groening and asked him if Homer was getting stupider every year, in this case; it’s safe to say these guys get stupider with every picture. While the first film painted these 3 friends as normal guys failing at their own plans, this film seems designed to remind you how stupid they are every 5 minutes.
Don’t get me wrong, watching these 3 guys work together is hilarious and there is no shortage of chuckle worthy discussions and acts of supreme idiocy. However, I can’t help but feel something about the purpose and the relatability that the first film had seems lost when things were being translated over to the sequel. Jason Bateman seems to be the only straight man with Suedikis and Day and they work great together, I just felt at times the strongest and funniest material came out when they were interacting with others than just themselves.
At times I worried the film just relied too much on showing these modern day 3 stooges fulfilling all of the movie’s comedic material; when almost everyone else they interacted seemed to do it just a little bit better. Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Foxx return from before and pretty much guarantee you will laugh your ass off at them without even trying. These two work well alone or with the trio and it’s just a powerful reminder of how perfectly the first film nailed the casting. Speaking of the first film’s casting, even Kevin Spacey comes back for a few brief scenes but my god; he steals EVERY piece of laughter in each scene with tremendous ease.
I almost hoped the trio would bust him out or he’d escape jail just so we can see what douchey, anger fueled advice he would offer next. The introduction of the father son boss problem was a neat idea but much like Colin Farrell’s magnificently sleazy character from the first film, they weren’t utilized to their full potential. Chris Pine however definitely made his presence known; he is so psychotically off the rails that you can tell he was having as much fun acting crazy as the audience did watching him do it.
Overall, I don’t want anything I have said in this review to lead you to think I’m telling people that “Horrible Bosses 2” is not funny; it is VERY freaking funny. The cast has loads of laughs, their chemistry works great and all of the returning actors from the first film remind you why they worked so well in the first place.
I just feel something got lost in the sea of stupidity, something that cannot be replaced with more stupidity; the movie did try but in the end it served as an average successor rather than an above average one I was hoping for.
I give “Horrible Bosses 2” 2 and a ½ stars out of 4.