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Office Christmas Party (2016)

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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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Josh Gordon, Will Speck

Writers:

Jon Lucas (story by), Scott Moore (story by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Bateman ... Josh Parker
Olivia Munn ... Tracey Hughes
T.J. Miller ... Clay Vanstone
Jennifer Aniston ... Carol Vanstone
Kate McKinnon ... Mary
Courtney B. Vance ... Walter Davis
Jillian Bell ... Trina
Rob Corddry ... Jeremy
Vanessa Bayer ... Allison
Randall Park ... Fred
Sam Richardson ... Joel
Karan Soni ... Nate
Jamie Chung ... Meghan
Abbey Lee ... Savannah
Da'Vine Joy Randolph ... 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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Taglines:

Party like your job depends on it.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

9 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Office Holiday Party Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,500,000, 9 December 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$54,730,514, 20 January 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$114,455,140
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls was cast in the movie due to his close relationship with actor Mark Wahlberg (who co-started with T.J. Miller in Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)), who thought Butler would be a nice choice given that the setting of the film is Chicago. See more »

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Alexei has Nate by the throat when Nate demands his money back, but when Savannah points Clay out to Trina moments later, Alexei's hand is on Nate's upper-left arm. See more »

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Mary: I've got doughnuts! I've got jelly and sprinkles, but not cronuts because they're a bastard pastry.
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After the Paramount Pictures logo ends it goes directly to the Dreamworks Pictures logo, and when the Reliance Entertainment almost ends, a star is added on top of the "A" and four black dots is added on the bottom of the "A" and when the logo is fading out the "A" on the logo is changed to a Christmas tree on a pie in the office. During these logos a mix of ''Merry Christmas and happy new year'' and "Deck The Halls" is played. See more »

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References Die Hard (1988) See more »

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Written by Phoebe Ogan (as Phoebe Markowitz Ogan) , Jayson Sanchez, Don Walls, Phillip Andrew Cox and Bradley Allen Kozlowski
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Weak
9 December 2016 | by HEFILMSee all my reviews

A lot of talented new and not so new actors and comedians appear in this and like a lot of movies with too many people in it, none get to do much. The set up takes a long time to build to the party but the set up is better than the pay off. It's just a formless mess by that point, the "jokes" become every character dropping the F bomb and most of the slapstick doesn't work.

Is that really still funny? How many years of R rated movies have we seen and R rated comedies? Jason Bateman gamely goes the distance playing straight man. Aniston does a one note version of her previously funnier, mean heartless bitch roles in Horrible Bosses--only there is not twist or reason for it, other than that the movie needs a villain--I guess.

It's just not very clever or funny. Only Courtney B. Vance manages to make his obvious part funny. I suppose this may be a little harsh there are chuckles here and there but it never really takes off and the "story" and resolution are both obvious and confusing. You never get any sense that this office of people give a crap about each other or their jobs--but then we are asked to root for them?

Of course there is also a fair amount of what should be black humor but only little bits of this work the rest just seem kind of ugly. This movie will try everything to see what works but not much does. A lot of fake looking snow in the film which has a flat video look to it as well. You'll just wish that all these good actors had something genuinely funny or original to do--but if that's your Christmas wish this movie won't fulfill it. You really need a script and a sense of direction---from the directors. Oh there's a guy in a sheep costume too, I give it a 3 instead of a 2 because of that.


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