2014 has seen some pretty decent movies, especially sci-fi flicks, but was nonetheless a rough year for comedy. With the likes of Let’s Be Cops, the genre has had more downs than ups this year, and no movie other than 22 Jump Street has really left theaters with an impression. The year, however, is not over, and Horrible Bosses 2 jumps in to join 22 Jump Street as 2014 comedies worth watching.
The movie follows another adventure of trio Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) as a deal for expanding their new business goes south and they are left with no more than five days to fix it. Of course, the first movie taught us these three will not be using orthodox methods to deal with their problems, and that’s where the fun starts.
Although Horrible Bosses 2 has déja-vu jokes and scenarios, it still manages not to annoy its audience with too much of those. Actually, no joke is repeated twice throughout the run-time as the movie tries to make us laugh using multiple means and ultimately succeeds in delivering some hilarious moments that will guarantee a laugh or two.
Horrible Bosses 2, just like the first installment, brings us a somewhat original gallery of characters played by the appropriate cast, to what proves to be a solid asset. Director Sean Anders knows the plot alone is not enough for the movie’s success, thus he follows a path where he focuses on the characters rather than the overall story line. Thus, the leading trio’s and Chris Pine’s characters and performances present a critical plus for the movie.
The movie’s strongest feature, on the other hand, is the choice of the supporting cast. The fact that the movie does not try and give the likes of Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx and Christophe Waltz more screen-time than their characters deserve is something to appreciate. This ends up with Spacey giving one absolutely hilarious monologue without his character ruining the spirit later on, Foxx reprising the role he played in the first movie without feeling old and washed up, and Waltz delivering a cynical billionaire character without having to get into the clichés that come with similar characters.
Horrible Bosses 2 mimics the first installment and presents many resemblances and similar elements. The story is not one to remember, but the performances, characters, and famous names make the movie what it is, and that’s a comedy that guarantees laughs on multiple occasions. It will feel entertaining, whether you’re a fan of the genre or not.
Rating: 5.5/10. An interesting cast delivers an entertaining and humorous comedy.