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.
This will be the first live-action DreamWorks Pictures release to be distributed by Paramount Pictures since 2012's "A Thousand Words." See more »
Carol's right arm as she yells at Clay to pull over. See more »
[beginning her pitch for AnyWair]
What's the most annoying thing about the Internet?
Pictures of peoples' kids.
My girlfriend's always on it.
[tries to convince everyone]
I have a girlfriend.
The lack of Asian male representation in porn.
Grumpy Cat. It's like... It's Garfield.
Oh, you know? That orange with the human dick?
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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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