What can I say about Horrible Bosses? It was certainly good, at least in theory. It had some great performances, a decent plot, and was very funny. But it always felt like it was going for an action movie vibe, even though it worked much better as a standard comedy. It seemed like it was trying to hide that it was a comedy at times, even though the comedy aspect of the film was easily the best part.
It was evident from the trailers that the film’s sequel, Horrible Bosses 2, was going for a more straightforward comedy vibe. It even used “Turn Down for What,” the universal symbol of a 2014 comedy. It was a bit of a surprise, then, that the movie actually did have some very good action in it. But I’m getting a bit ahead of myself.
The entire cast of the first movie is back for this one, except Colin Farrell, obviously (he died in the first one). That’s actually a bit of a disappointment, since his role in the first one is easily the only good role he’s ever had. Thankfully, though, the rest of the cast all bring their A-game for this one, including newcomers Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine. In fact, this movie had the best acting I’ve seen in a straightforward comedy in a long time.
This movie actually has a really unique style of comedy, too. It’s a lightning-paced style, peppered with pop culture references and references to the first movie. The problem, though, is that it often feels like it’s trying to imitate the first movie, right down to the totally different yet suspiciously similar plot.
The cinematography is fine, but uninspired. The story is fine, but feels like it’s just going off on a tangent based on the first one. Ultimately, the movie’s two strong suits are its cast and its humor, both of which are top-tier stuff. The whole cast has excellent chemistry with one another, and since there aren’t a lot of decent candidates for best actress this year, I genuinely think Jennifer Aniston might be worth considering, although she’s not exactly the cast’s MVP. There aren’t really any weak links in the cast of this movie, but I think the one that surprised me the most was Chris Pine, who was known in the past for playing Chris Pine in Jack Reacher: Shadow Recruit and Chris Pine in Star Trek. Another big chunk of what I love about the movie so much is the chemistry between the three leads: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day, who really need to work together more, because they have some of the best comedic chemistry I’ve ever seen.
Overall, I give Horrible Bosses 2 and A-. It’s a very funny movie, despite not really justifying its existence very well. Give it a look, be on the lookout for some more high-quality articles coming up in December (both here and on Media Pick), and as always…
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