Starring: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis
Directed by: Sean Anders
Running time: 1 hours 48 mins
Our Score: 4.5 out of 5 stars
What do you do when your trio of friends get away with trying to kill your bosses? You go into business, hoping to sell your latest invention: The Shower Buddy! Think of all the different things you can do at a car wash and move it to your shower and you have an idea of what it does. Mistake number one: naming your company after yourselves. Nick-Kurt-Dale. Say it real fast and you’ll see the problem. Mistake number two: sell your product to Bert Hanson (Christoph Waltz) and his spoiled son, Rex (Chris Pine). Who said business was easy?
Consistently funny, with a few surprises, “Horrible Bosses 2” finds Nick (voice of reason Bateman), Kurt (always horny Sudeikis) and Dale (frantic and funny Day) back on the wrong side of the law when they attempt to pull off a kidnapping in an attempt to get back at Hanson senior, who has pulled a fast one and is about to take over their invention. Unsure of how to exactly go about doing the deed, they turn to a couple of pros: former boss/now convicted felon Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey) and old confederate Mother F***er Jones (Jamie Foxx). They even manage to run into Dale’s old employer, dentist Julia Harris, who now spends her time attending Sex Addiction meetings.
The cast is in fine form. The three leads go above and beyond in making sure this sequel is entertaining and not derivative of the first film. Waltz does his best to convey a Snidely Whiplash-type attitude but I’m not sure he understood the humor needed. On the other side of the spectrum, Chris Pine is amazingly funny. Who knew Captain Kirk had a sense of humor? His work here makes me think he will do well next month when the musical “Into the Woods” is released. In limited screen time Spacey, Foxx and Aniston are equally funny.
The script, by director Anders and John Morris (they also wrote last week’s “Dumb and Dumber To” as well as Sudeikis’ last film, “We’re the Millers”) ladles on the R-rated laughs in large doses, like gravy on your Thanksgiving turkey. It’s just as satisfying and there’s no need to unbutton your pants afterwards.