When ‘Horrible Bosses’ came out in 2011, it was an instant hit. This was largely due to the film’s funny script, good chemistry between it’s charming leads and the perfect use of big stars as villains. The result, a hilarious, raunchy, laugh out loud comedy. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis starred as Nick, Dale and Kurt, three friends who hatch a scheme to murder their awful bosses after the torment inflicted by them gets too much for them to handle. Their bosses were played by Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell, each a worse person than the other. The success of the first movie meant a sequel was going to happen, regardless whether it was needed or not. So, three years on, ‘Horrible Bosses 2′ is here.
Sean Anders (We’re the Millers, That’s My Boy) replaces Seth Gordon on the director’s chair and takes the writing duties as well along with John Morris. This sequel sees the three friends, Nick Dale and Kurt, starting their own business but things don’t go according to plan and they are soon double-crossed by a cunning investor. With no real solution to be found the trio decide to pull off a kidnapping scheme to get revenge on the person that betrayed them. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis return. Also, returning Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Foxx, with Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz coming on as the villains. Now despite many criticisms of the comedy-sequel idea and many failed attempts in the past (Ghostbusters II, Hangover II, the most recent Dumb and Dumber To) Horrible Bosses 2 manages to be both a funny and enjoyable movie. Once again the movie is mainly elevated by the impeccable chemistry between it’s lead stars, who are great to watch. Chris Pine does well as primary antagonist and is extremely funny at times, as is Jennifer Aniston. While, Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz make due with their minimal screen-time. The movie’s goofy plot serves as the canvas for the trio’s equally goofy antics.
Now Horrible Bosses 2 is a very funny movie, no doubt about it but the movie is also one that doesn’t come without it’s flaws. For one thing the jokes seem to have the been there, done that feel, its obvious they were used in the previous movie, not just the jokes but many elements of the movie seem to rehashed from the previous movie. Furthermore, Christoph Waltz is barely used despite being one of the villains. The question is why would you cast a brilliant Oscar winning actor if you plan to barely use him? For some reason now Kurt and Dale are complete idiots now. Yes, they were idiots in the first one as well but idiots who had a shred of intelligence. This flaw is easily forgivable though since Kurt and Dale deliver some of the movies best moments when they are on ‘dumb-dumb mode’.
In conclusion, Horrible Bosses 2 is a good and funny movie, despite giving you a feeling of deja vu. It is elevated mainly by it’s trio of lead stars and manages to recreate the comedy from the previous movie for better or worse. Even if it doesn’t come close to the first one it’s an enjoyable movie nonetheless.