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Published on November 26th, 2014 | by Joseph Saulnier


Horrible Bosses 2

Kurt, Nick and Dale are back, and with them comes all the rest in Horrible Bosses 2. This time around, we see our would-be criminals (Jason Sudekis, Jason Bateman and Charlie Dale, respectively) as their own bosses.

Horrible Bosses 2 opens on the trio as a guest on a cheesy day-time talk show. They are there to show off their new invention, the Shower Buddy. This spot gets them some notice from the head of a big time, SkyMall-esque, corporation who wants to place a large order. But when the deal goes south, our boys have to figure out a way to save their own skin, and get back at the corporation.

The greatest thing about this sequel? It was not just a rehashing of the first movie. Yes, there are a lot of the elements there, but the plot was different enough that it could have been a movie of its own and not a prequel. Of course, there were some great call backs to the first movie during the film and the closing credits. But there were new things introduced, and not just the same old re-hashing.

Sudekis, Bateman and Day have such a great chemistry together, too. They played very well off each other, and had near perfect timing through the whole movie. Add to this the returning cast from the first film (Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, and Jamie Foxx), and introduce Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz to the mix, and it only increases the fun. Our newcomers blew me away too, because I am not used to seeing them in roles such as this.

There is not a lot bad that I can say about this movie. Great performances by main and supporting cast, a well-rounded plot, with the exception of one part of the wrap-up in the end (I won’t spoil it for you), and a very complimentary soundtrack makes this one of the best comedies I have seen in a while. Thumbs up to these guys! I’m hoping they might be able to find the same magic for a third film!

4.5 Stars out of 5

Second Review by Gareth Von Kallenbach

In 2011 three well –meaning but inept friends hatched a plot to get back at their tormenting bosses and in doing so, ushered in plenty of laughs and box office gold.

As 2014 wraps to a close, the trio is back in “Horrible Bosses 2” and they have brought even more laughs and outrageous situations in a comedy that is on par if not better than the original.

Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudiekis once again play Nick, Dale, and Kurt, and as before trouble seems to follow them. The friends have gone into business for themselves with a new shower accessory and are thrilled when they get a large initial order from a top online retailer owned by Bert Hanson (Christoph Waltz) and his son Rex (Chris Pine).

When it is learned that the Hanson’s have conspired to bankrupt their company so they can take it over, Nick, Dale, and Kurt conspire to kidnap Rex after meeting with their former advisor M.F. Jones (Jamie Foxx). Of course things go horribly wrong and the trio soon find themselves in even more hot water than before and are in a race against time to save their company and stay out of jail.

The film works well and the supporting work from Aniston, Foxx, and Spacey is great but the chemistry from the trio is what drives the film. Watlz is great as the bad guy this time out and Pine really chews the scenery as the spoiled rich kid with Daddy issues.

If you are a fan of the first film you know what to expect as the humor is as bawdy and shocking as before but infused with some sympathy as the main characters are easy to pull for even though they can be their own worst enemies.

This is a rare comedy sequel that delivers and is even more enjoyable than the original.

4 stars out of 5.

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