Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick, Dale and Kurt decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business. But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor's adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company.Written by
Three years after the widely successful and good film, a sequel has been made. Who didn't see this coming, right? While the idea of the first film falls apart in this film, this film still delivers some good laughs, and is about on par with the quality of the first film. The original film gets the edge because it was something different, while this is mostly more of the same. The following is my review of Horrible Bosses 2.
This sequel was written by Sean Anders, John Morris, Jonathan M. Goldstein, and John Francis Daley. Anders and Morris did not work on the original film, and their recent work was Dumb and Dumber To, which was recently released. The story while not really involving much of the plot of the first film, and thus making the title of the film worthless, is still fairly interesting. The three guys are starting a business for themselves having the idea to create the Shower Buddy. When things go south on a deal, they all decide to kidnap the son of the man they have been dealing with. There are some twists and turns, and some very good subtle jokes that keep the movie fresh in my opinion. While originality has to be a factor for a sequel, we really don't get much of that here except when it comes to the jokes, which is why I say this film is almost on par with the first film. Overall, the writers have delivered a good story and some amazing jokes.
The film was directed by Sean Anders(also writer). He recently directed the Adam Sandler film That's My Boy and also Sex Drive. While the overall film doesn't contain much that would warrant major acclaim, since it is a comedy film, there are some action scenes that look amazingly well shot without much CG. Getting the actors to work together so well is another key aspect, and Anders really is able to bring back those great aspects from the first film. Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day lead the film as they did in the first movie, and they are just as hilarious as they were in the first film. I believe the subtle jokes in this film really give it that edge that most sequels don't have in this genre. With some good performances from secondary actors like Christoph Waltz, Chris Pine, Kevin Spacey, and Jennifer Aniston, this is one of the better acted comedy films.
In closing, while there is not much in terms of originality compared to the first film, the jokes flow nicely and with a more subtle approach, it gives the film what it needs to be near the quality of the first film. Fans of the first film should be rushing out to see this film, while comedy fans in general should be excited for it as well. If you haven't seen the first film yet, that would be a good start, but it really isn't a must to see before viewing this film. Going into the film I heard so many critics saying they thought it was too far over the top, and in some aspects they are correct, but so was the first film. Major critics are often wrong and this is another example of them being wrong. Horrible Bosses 2 is one of the better comedies of 2014.
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