<Review by: Sailesh Ghelani>
Directed by Sean Anders. Starring Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz, Kevin Spacey, Jeniffer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Jonathan Banks
Ridiculously funny because of the outrageous script, the comic talents of the three leads and their brilliant chemistry with the new guy in the film, Horrible Bosses 2 is a the perfect watch and I didn’t need to be drunk to have fun watching it!
That new guy in the film, joining the trio in their horrible antics is Star Trek’s Chris Pine. The hot, the cute and hugely talented young actor who has shown remarkable versatility in playing roles that are dramatic, thrilling, comic as well as action-oriented. He’s not just a pretty face. In Horrible Bosses 2, Chris Pine outshines the other three actors but because they’re all so good together you’ll love them all.
We’ve all had a boss or two that we didn’t like for good reason. In the first Horrible Bosses we saw how Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) took revenge on their terrible bosses with comic and shocking effect. In Horrible Bosses 2, the three liberated boys are planning to be their own bosses and aren’t too good at it. They come up with the Shower Buddy that dispenses soap and water directly out of a showerhead and sell the distribution rights to a wealthy entrepreneur Bert Hanson (Christoph Waltz) and his bratty son Rex (Chris Pine). But this big boss doesn’t play fair and they find themselves in major debt.
But they’re not going down quietly and hatch a plot to kidnap Rex leading to hilarious schemes and mistakes that lead to even more complicated situations. I can’t say more since that would reveal spoilers. All I can say is that through the vulgarity and the bumbling of these three and the over-the-top drama of Rex you will be treated to some of the finest ensemble comedy on the big screen in a long time. Because just the three – Nick, Kurt and Dale – get a tad irritating after a while. But with Rex in the fray there’s a diamond shining through all those highly polished turds!
Jennifer Aniston as the sex addict Dr Julia Harris (from the first film and Dale’s ex boss) is thrown in for a bit of… well… sexual fun. And she is a bad girl I can tell you. Thankfully her part isn’t over done since this is a boy’s adventure and I was grateful they didn’t spoil it with some stupid love angle.
Jamie Foxx as ‘Mother Fucker’ Jones advising the trio on criminal deeds is another finely used comedic cameo. Jason Bateman’s straight-face plays off nicely against the dumb ramblings of Charlie Day and the dirty one liners that Jason Sudeikis delivers with such aplomb.
Horrible Bosses 2 does stray from the primary focus of horrible bosses but it shows us how these three new bosses have to start up and win back their business by all sorts of underhanded and unlawful means. Business isn’t easy or always clean.
I have to say that without Chris Pine, the film would not be half as good. His charisma, confidence and sharp acting make his character charmingly despicable as well as exceedingly likeable and funny.
You will laugh out loud watching Horrible Bosses 2. And it has Kevin Spacey whose theatrics behind a prison plexi-glass wall stall when the three boys visit him for advice are just wickedly good.
PS: A lot of the humour is actually pretty adult and the A rating here seems appropriate. But it won’t scar anyone and is all in jest. And you will have watched most of the first half of the film in the trailer but it’s still funny.