Horrible Bosses 2 Review


Horrible Bosses 2 Review

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Horrible Bosses 2 is a comedy film and a sequel to the hilarious, Horrible Bosses film of 2011. It sees much of the same cast reunited to play their characters once more and also sees some new faces. Horrible Bosses 2 includes such stars as Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey,  Jason Sudeikis, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz. Horrible Bosses 2 comes directed by Sean Anders who some may know as the director of Sex Drive (2008). Sean Anders has also written the screenplay for this film and also this year’s Dumb and Dumber To (2014) as well.

Horrible Bosses 2 expands on the original concept (of hating bosses and being fed up with them) by making the three main characters of Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) their own bosses. They decide to start a new business focusing on shower products and begin to manufacture a product known as the “shower buddy”. However what they don’t know is that a savvy investor called Rex (Chris Pine) and his father Bert (Christoph Waltz) completely screw them over with a large order, which they then cancel sending Nick, Kurt and Dale broke. So Nick, Kurt and Dale decide to kidnap Rex and hold him for ransom so they can get their money back from the investors.

This movie turned out to be pretty funny, there’s a lot of laughs to be had in a lot of the scenes and I think most will probably enjoy it. Whether or not you liked to first one or thought this second one was better is up to you. I liked the first one much more as it’s one of my favourite comedy films of recent years, but others who saw this sequel with me liked this one much more, so I guess it’s what you like. But I’ll tell you it’s pretty funny, especially the scenes with Jennifer Anniston who plays this sex addicted dentist. While Motherfucker Jones (Jamie Foxx) is really entertaining to watch as well.

Nick, Kurt and Dale are really funny as well, my favourite of the three being Charlie Day whose voice seems to just be funny, many moments where he just talks were just instantly funny to hear. All three of the actors have good chemistry together and seem to work well. I also liked the added addition of Chirs Pine and Christoph Waltz as the villains for the film. There’s a few short appearances from Kevin Spacey to and they’re all pretty funny.

But the film isn’t quite perfect though, I don’t really enjoy the directing from Sean Anders so much and thought that the original film seemed better made. I also thought that a lot of characters seemed to be just slotted into the storyline because the film is a sequel. While it’s great to see them there and a lot of the film is quite funny, it doesn’t really make sense all the time. But I guess the movie isn’t really meant to be taken seriously.

Horrible Bosses 2 has a lot of  funny ringtones or well picked songs help keep the tone light hearted and amusing. All the actors do really well with their roles, all were great. I don’t think I have any issue with any of them. As far as a Jason Bateman movie goes, this was much better than his last film I saw which was This Is Where I Leave You which isn’t funny at all when you compare it to Horrible Bosses 2.

While Horrible Bosses 2 is quite funny, I did feel that I laughed a bit more when I watched Let’s Be Cops recently so if I had to choose between the two or tell you guys to go see one of them, I’d probably say to go and see Let’s Be Cops. But this is still worth a trip to the cinema if you like comedies at the cinema. But if you’re on the fence about it and rented it a few months from now, I think Horrible Bosses 2 is pretty good value. But I wouldn’t mind watching it a second time as it’s pretty good.

Overall Horrible Bosses 2 is a fairly good comedy film and it tries hard to replicate the success of the original and it does it quite well. I had some high expectations going into the film, but I think if you just go along looking for something to make you laugh a bit you’ll have a good time with this one. All the actors do a fine job with their characters and some of the lines in the film are delivered very well. It’s a good film with a lot of laughs, if you liked the first one you’ll likely enjoy this one as well.

7.5 out of 10


Bryan loves writing about movies, TV shows and games and tries his best to give a balanced and honest view in all his reviews or opinion pieces on Resident Entertainment.

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