On Thanksgiving night, I was in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, so there were some slim pickin’s for movie viewing. The group consensus ended with Horrible Bosses 2. I wasn’t totally upset with the outcome of the vote as I was pleasantly surprised with the first installment.
I wish I could rave about Horrible Bosses 2 as I have raved about the last few movies I have seen or even liked it as much as I liked the first, and I really wanted to be able to, but I can’t, I just can’t. I wish Hollywood would pull its head out of its ass and realize sequels are not the answer. The film is a two hour incessant argument between Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day. Even if you like all three of them, after 30 minutes you will be praying for them to shut up.
This installment finds the boys working for themselves trying to market their new invention, The Shower Buddy – it’s like an automatic carwash for a person’s shower. Naively believing everyone has their best interests at heart, the boys agree to sell their product to Bert Hanson’s (Christoph Waltz) company, Boulder Stream. At this time, we are also introduced to Rex (Chris Pine), Bert’s son, who may or may not want to follow in his father’s footsteps. If we learn anything from this movie, it is that Chris Pine has no range as an actor. He couldn’t even play slimey douchebag very well. That good looking, clean cut All-American image just kept poking through and you never really believe him. I was hoping that Christoph Waltz would be a supremely evil villain playing Bert Hanson and up the ante, but alas, he phoned in his performance, even the small amount of time he had on screen. Kevin Spacey was much worse in the first film and steals all of his scenes in this one. Despite actually being on a jail phone in all of his scenes, and from the outtakes, most likely reading all of his lines, he is still better than Christoph.
After Bert inevitably screws the boys, they decide to exact their revenge, thus, begins the obligatory visit to Motherfucker Jones (Jamie Foxx in another phoned-in performance) and their plan is put into action. Instead of killing their boss this time around, they decide that kidnapping his douchey son, Rex, and asking for the exact amount of money they lost to Bert is the way to go. Yeah, it’s not really a good plan.
The bright shining light in this mess is Jennifer Aniston as Julia, the sex addict dentist. The boys need nitrous to knock out Rex so they decide to steal it from Julia’s office. It also just so happens to be at the same time as Julia’s Sex Addicts Anonymous meeting. You will be pleased to know that Julia’s addiction is far from being tamed and the words that come out of her mouth are priceless. I wish she was in every scene.
The bottom line is this movie is not the worst movie of the year by any means, but you would have more fun and save yourself some money by re-watching Guardians of the Galaxy for the fifth time as it is available for digital download now. Starlord, anyone?