258) Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)
Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don’t go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme.
5/10 – It’s probably best to front this up by stating that there aren’t actually Horrible Bosses in this film, just a nasty guy who is their boss for all of 5 minutes on screen. It’s hardly a spoiler, the trailer would give it away, but it’s worth mentioning given that they have taken the exact same title and yet it bears hardly any resemblance to the first film in terms of storyline, or subject.
However, take this as the comedy/crime caper it is intended to be and fans of the first one will be satisfied. It is more of the same inner group squabbles and ‘crazy’ predicaments; Charlie Day pretty much being Charlie from It’s Always Sunny, Jason Bateman playing the deadpan rational adult (a schtick that gets boring very quickly) and Jason Sudeikis who kind of blends into the background. But among the above average film and their performances, there were just enough laughs to keep you interested, and with the addition of reoccurring characters like Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston for this trio to play off against, there were some genuinely funny moments. Throw Chris Pine into the mix, who had some great scenes, and it felt like the core three were being carried by their supporting cast.
The film does get a bit tedious though, and the laughs aren’t enough for it to be considered ‘hilarious’. It will divide opinion and my recommendation would be that if you liked the first film, give this one a watch. It’s easy, stupid and fun to watch, but just not that good.