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REEL REVIEWS: Horrible is the operative word

Our movie reviewers take a look at Horrible Bosses 2

  • Dec. 7, 2014 11:00 a.m.

When Nick, (Jason Bateman) Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) try to start up their own business, manufacturing “The Shower Buddy,” they get hosed by tycoon Bert Hansen (Christolph Waltz), who makes an opening order of 100,000 units, then changes his mind.

In order to stop their own NickKurtDale Industries from going under, the three come up with a plan to kidnap Hansen’s son, Rex (Chris Pine), holding him for ransom.

The only problem is Rex wants in on the deal.

We say, “Horrible Bosses 2 is perhaps the most annoying film of the year.”

TAYLOR: I wasn’t a big fan of the first installment, many were. This film, however, is a non-stop wall of chatter coming at you. Three grown men talking over one another for 90 minutes does not a good movie make. When one of those men has Charlie Day’s voice, it’s even worse.

The film starts with a unintentional shadow play of a sexual act, which sets the tone for what is a cavalcade of juvenile humour, delivered by people who should know better. Perhaps they don’t care about making art, they only care about making money. I suggest you deny giving them any of yours.

HOWE:  I enjoyed the first one somewhat, but like a lot of sequels this year –Anchorman 2, Dumb and Dumber To, 22 Jump Street, and now this – I find myself feeling ripped off. I mean, they are basically the same storyline, same jokes and same characters as their originals.

But Horrible Bosses 2 succeeds in being even worse than that and to me it’s mostly down to Day’s character. The amount of whining and moaning throughout the film hurt my ears. I wish someone would have just slapped him across the face a few times with a wet fish to shut him up.

TAYLOR: I feel sorry for Day, simply because I hate him for the quality of his voice. Put him in the group of squeaky little guys that I couldn’t care less about: Chris Tucker and more recently Kevin Hart fit into this histrionic pigeon hole of “unfunny, more annoying.”

Horrible Bosses 2, besides being a rehash of the same jokes from the original, also has an extremely predictable plot, rife with cliché we’ve seen too many times before. To recap: Nothing new, nothing exciting,  nothing funny, nothing to see here…

HOWE:  If you are able to sit through Horrible Bosses 2, there is a plus to it. It’s the outtakes at the end. They are the funniest thing about the whole movie. They should have put them at the beginning of the film so I could have left after watching them.

– Taylor gives Horrible Bosses 2 pointless movies out of 5.


–  Howe gives it 2 #2s out of 5.



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