Review - 'Horrible Bosses 2'
Horrible Bosses 2 joins the rapidly expanding catalogue of unnecessary sequels. The first film was an inconsequential crowd-pleaser that came and went and hardly made a footprint. The sequel is just more of the same, but now its stale, annoying and much less funny.
Horrible Bosses 2 follows Nick, Kurt and Dale as they try to find a distributor for their new invention, the Showerbuddy. When an investor (Christoph Waltz) takes advantage of their inexperience and steals their idea, the gang sets out to get revenge. Theatrics ensue.
Though Horrible Bosses 2 is an entirely forgettable sequel, it still has a few funny characters and moments that keep it from sinking to abysmal levels. I liked the additions of Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz as the new “horrible bosses” and I belly-laughed at the cameo-esque moments Kevin Spacey has as the previous boss Nick, Kurt and Dale took down in the last film. In addition to this; Jason Bateman is still a solid straight-man and was the one lead that I didn’t completely loathe to watch.
Everything else about this movie just plain sucks. The plot is simple and could have been ringed for some easy laughs, but we’re asked to endure this story with one of the most annoying characters I’ve ever experienced. Let me start by saying that I generally like Charlie Day, and I even liked him to a degree in the first Horrible Bosses, but here, he is so utterly helpless and incompetent that I quickly became infuriated every time he was on-screen. It also doesn’t help that he’s constantly screaming like a madman in just about every scene. I’m not lying when I say that I would have taken Jar-Jar Binks from the Star Wars prequels over this nuisance of a character. It also doesn’t help that they’ve reduced Kurt’s character, played by Jason Sudeikis, into someone almost equally as inept as Dale, instead of the bridge between Nick and Dale’s characters that he was in the first film.
When you spend the entirety of a film with characters you hate to be around, you’ve got a big problem. The whole time I was thinking: “Why doesn’t Nick just kick these two bozos to the curb?”. The rest of the movie is just your typical heist comedy with nothing new to say. There’s nothing particularly wrong with the structure of the film, it’s just such a bland, tired story that I didn’t care what happened.
Horrible Bosses 2 is not an entirely joyless affair, and has some truly funny moments, but the majority of this film is polluted by characters that I’m supposed to root for, but really, I just want to punch them straight in the teeth due for their utter ineptitude. All I will remember about Horrible Bosses 2 is that it annoyed me much more than it made me laugh.