Two hard-partying brothers place an online ad to find the perfect dates for their sister's Hawaiian wedding. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves out-hustled by an uncontrollable duo.
When their new next-door neighbors turn out to be a sorority even more debaucherous than the fraternity previously living there, Mac and Kelly team with their former enemy, Teddy, to bring the girls down.
When the CEO (Jennifer Aniston) tries to close her hard-partying brother's branch, he (T.J. Miller) and his Chief Technical Officer (Jason Bateman) must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs.
Jason Bateman and T.J. Miller are also in the film "Extract" together . Jason Bateman plays Joel and T.J. Miller plays Rory. See more »
There is a great deal of noise and destruction coming from the party, including the scene where an object is thrown out of the window and lands near Carol VanStone. In a city as large as Chicago, there is zero chance the police would not have been called. See more »
All right, if by some miracle you can close Walter Davis and his 14 million dollar account, your jobs are safe.
Done! And you're going to look so stupid!
[Begins walking out of the door]
Then we'll finally have something in common!
[the door shuts]
Goddammit, she's so mean!
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The first part of the closing credits features stills, outtakes, and alternative lines. See more »
If you study film, you know that entire texts have been written on the importance of "grounding" in a script.
The ground, also known as the glue, is the character that the viewer finds most relatable, most sympatico, when the story itself starts fray around the edges. Which is not to say that all scripts require a strong ground or glue, merely that the more outrageous scripts, the scripts with the least internal cohesion, require as much ground as they can get.
Which brings us to OFFICE XMAS PARTY, one of the more blatant examples of a "spaghetti on the wall" script. In other words, not a lot of fine tuning was done to get this baby ready for shooting day. The writers just took every gag they could think of, threw it against the wall, and then waited to see what stuck.
Some of it stuck, most did not.
But Bateman and Munn hold the film together by holding the attention of the viewer. In fact, they are so effortless at it that, every now and then, for just a split second, you almost think they are acting in another movie entirely, a romcom in which they are the only characters, and you are imagining the other 400 extras in this overdone extravaganza.
Is it funny? Not really. This reviewer laughed exactly once.
Is it engaging? Well, because of Bateman and Munn, actually it is.
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