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Office Christmas Party (2016)

R | | Comedy | 9 December 2016 (USA)
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When his uptight CEO sister threatens to shut down his branch, the branch manager throws an epic Christmas party in order to land a big client and save the day, but the party gets way out of hand...

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Cast

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Tracey Hughes
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Clay Vanstone
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Walter Davis
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Trina
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Jeremy
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Allison
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Fred
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Joel
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Meghan
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Savannah
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Carla
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Storyline

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.

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Party like your job depends on it

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Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, drug use and graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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9 December 2016 (USA)  »

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Untitled Office Holiday Party Project  »

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Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,500,000 (USA) (9 December 2016)

Gross:

$54,730,514 (USA) (20 January 2017)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Carol Vanstone: All right, if by some miracle you can close Walter Davis and his 14 million dollar account, your jobs are safe.
Clay Vanstone: Done! And you're going to look so stupid!
Carol Vanstone: [Begins walking out of the door] Then we'll finally have something in common!
Clay Vanstone: [the door shuts] Goddammit, she's so mean!
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Crazy Credits

The first part of the closing credits features stills, outtakes, and alternative lines. See more »

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References Purple Rain (1984) See more »

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Hum Hum
Written by Ryan Lawhon and Dan Nigro
Performed by Mating Ritual
Courtesy of Mating Ritual
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Bateman & Munn give a clinic in "grounding"
10 March 2017 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

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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