Horrible Bosses 2 is a 2014 American comedy film directed by Sean Anders. The film was produced by New Line Cinema and distributed by Warner Bros. I have the fortune of seeing the film in theaters a couple of weeks ago when I went and also watched the newest Hunger Games and the Dumb and Dumber sequel. Looking back, I won't say that this film was the best of the bunch in-terms of quality, but I will say that it's the one that entertained me the most out of that list.
The film brings back the main-cast comprised of Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis, and also brings back several key-members like Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Foxx. Not only these fellows, but Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine are also welcomed on in to join the fun. Picking up where our last left off, the gang is back together and looking to start their own company. However, their widespread ambitions leave them susceptible to manipulation. In other-words, a company head named Burt Hanson tricks them into taking out several large loans for production before opting out of his decision to buy their product. Nick, Kurt, and Dale all being inexperienced as businessman, didn't bother to have him sign any contracts, and so now, they are facing serious financial risk. Like how in the last movie their goal was to murder their bosses, this film deals with kidnapping, more specifically, kidnapping Burt's son, played by Chris Pine.
A lot of the humor from the old film is back, and by such, a lot of the humor that was either hit-or-miss returns. I never really cared much for Jennifer Aniston's character, and here, it feels like a little unnecessary and like it creates unneeded subplot. As far as the additions are concerned though, Christoph Waltz did fine, even if he wasn't exactly very memorable, meanwhile, Chris Pine might have been the best aspect of the whole film for his role. He comes off as crude, psychotic, and like an absolute douche. Everybody else is back to their old ways, and if you ask me, this film is actually a lot funnier than the original.
There's a lot of comedy in the film that clearly seems improv'd and for what it's worth, I enjoyed more than a small amount of it. I remember reading an article before watching this film about there being a lot of improvisational humor in there, and I think it's very noticeable. Jason Sudeikis was likely the funniest, at least for me, because his humor has the tendency to sit well with me on most occasions. He was my favorite thing about We're The Millers, as well. I remember a long time ago saying that he's like my new Adam Sandler where I like everything that he's in. Let's just hope he doesn't become like present-day Adam Sandler where I dislike everything he's in.
Some of the criticisms about the film had a lot to do about the subject-matter and humor. Something to do with a 'rape' joke that happened, or something. Lemme just say that when I look back, I can only remember two moments related to that humor. One of them wasn't offensive at all whatsoever, and the other might have been offensive to some, but wasn't exactly pushing any of the boundaries that weren't already crossed in the first film. I love it when I read about critics getting offended about something that is said, and not focusing on the fact that one film is legitimately about the act of murder and the other is about kidnapping. You'd think actions speak louder than words, but they clearly don't.
For what it's worth, I didn't think anything in Horrible Bosses 2 was overtly offensive. That doesn't necessarily mean there isn't, but simply that I wasn't bothered by anything.
If there is anything worth criticizing, it's how thinly scripted the storyline is, but even then, I think that there's enough material to work with and create a coherent and functioning R-rated comedy. I can't really think of anythings that were bad, per si, but more like I could think of a lot that could have been done better. However, you are going to come across that in a lot of films, and if you look at Horrible Bosses 2 as nothing more than what it is, I think it holds well as entertaining. Is the film an unnecessary sequel? I think it takes the characters and the story in a new direction.
The original Horrible Bosses wasn't too much more than your average comedy film with a likable cast, and by that, the foundation was never too strong from the beginning. If you aren't looking for highly in-depth storytelling or elaborate character-build, I think that Horrible Bosses 2 brings more laughs than the original and is worth your time.