HORRIBLE BOSSES 2
Review by Gordon Justesen
Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine,
Director: Sean Anders
Audio: DTS HD 5.1
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1
Studio: Warner Bros.
Features: See Review
Length: 108 Minutes
Release Date: February 24, 2015
“He fight clubbed himself! We have a fight clubber!”
Horrible Bosses was hands down one of the absolute funniest movies of 2011. It was excessively mean and dirty, and unapologetically so. It was especially fun watching a game cast, including the likes of Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Colin Farrell and Kevin Spacey, deliver some hilarity on the nasty side.
So I was completely for a sequel...that was until midway through Horrible Bosses 2, when I realized that such a sequel had ever been so unnecessary. I was so eager to have some more nasty fun with these characters that I had neglected to realize that the first movie wrapped everything up in neat bow. And maybe that’s my fault for being so oblivious, but at the same time a lot of effort could have been done to make this sequel worthwhile, as opposed to being what adds up to one of the laziest follow ups since The Hangover Part II.
In the first movie, best friends Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day) and Kurt (Sudeikis) each worked for a sinister higher up, and they all hitched a plot to knock off their evil bosses with the help of an alleged criminal by the name of Motherf*cker Jones (Foxx). Nick’s boss, David (Spacey), denied him a promotion that was rightfully his, while Dale suffered extreme sexual harassment from his boss, Julia (Aniston), and Kurt was being abused by the coke-head son of the beloved, recently deceased boss. They each came out on top as the horrible bosses went down in some form.
In the time since those events, they have formed their own business (the pronunciation of their website results in perhaps the one huge, envelope pushing laugh of the movie), and are looking for a buyer for their first product, The Shower Buddy. They soon find one in billionaire businessman Bert Hanson (a completely wasted Christoph Waltz), only to learn that he screws them over once their product is ready for delivery. The trio then plot a retaliation in the form of kidnapping the billionaire’s son, Rex (Chris Pine, mercilessly overacting).
One of the tell tale signs of a very lazy sequel, particularly that of a comedy sequel, is how often it calls back to its predecessor, which is something Horrible Bosses 2 does constantly, thus making one wish they were watching a far better movie. Another setback is the notion of the guys orchestrating a kidnapping plot, which seems like a step down from the first movie in terms how big the stakes are. And the actors themselves seem bored as anything, indicating that they are very aware of what lazy material they’re working with.
There’s a laugh to be had every so often, but in the end Horrible Bosses 2 is another case of a lazily executed sequel that wasn’t that necessary to begin with.
Overall, this Blu-ray release from Warner is in pure top form, with superb image detail, terrific colors and a most crisp picture. It’s only flaw is that the digital cinematography is a little overdone and calls attention to itself more than it should, but that’s clearly an issue with the movie at hand.
There’s quite a lot to keep this DTS HD 5.1 mix busy with. Much like the first movie, there’s a good bit of physical comedy and action set pieces, which are presented terrifically here! Music playback and dialogue delivery are handled superbly as well!
The Blu-ray from Warner includes two versions of the movie: the Theatrical and an Extended Cut which adds an extra 10 minutes. Extras-wise, we have several brief featurettes, mostly comprised of interviews, improv sessions and faux PSA’s. Among them are “Endless Laughter Guaranteed!”, “Let the Sexual Healing Begin”, “Who Invented the Shower Buddy?”, “Employee Testimonials”, “The Shower Buddy Infomercial”, “High Speed Crash Course” and “Off the Cuff”, the last of which is basically a collection of one-liners that were cut from the movie.
Even with the lazy and forced material, Horrible Bosses 2 could have been funny if the actors gave any of the effort that they clearly gave in the far far funnier predecessor. In case I haven’t indicated, you should go watch that gem again and forget this one even exists!