If you loved Horrible Bosses, then you will be more than thrilled with this year’s sequel. Nick, Kurt, and Dale (along with most of the original cast) are back up to their life of attempted crime. Horrible Bosses 2 is on par with the comedy of the first film, thanks to the excellent script and the masterful execution of the talented cast.
When we first see the guys again, they are doing well for themselves. They have quit their jobs in order to develop a new product and sell it to mass markets in an attempt to forever be their own bosses. Things unfortunately go awry and they decide to once again commit an act of crime in order to escape their inevitable fates.
The clever script is what makes this movie. It is chock full of twists and turns that keep you very invested in the trio. It is, however, geared towards fans of the first film. While some things are explained to you about the characters pasts, a lot of the interactions simply pick up where they left off with no background information about who the person is. The film can still be enjoyable to people just watching this sequel, but in order to fully grasp the relationships between characters you definitely need to see both films. For people who do love the first one, the writers have added lots of nods to quotes and antics in the previous movie. (For example, Sudeikis’ blooper line “I’d like to bend her over a barrel and show her the fifty states” from the end credits of Horrible Bosses makes an in-script appearance.) Those might actually be one of the most entertaining things about the film, finding all the little things that are taken from the successful pieces of movie one.
Of course the laugh-riot script would be nothing without the hilarious cast. Almost everyone is back for this installment and they all shine brighter than you could imagine in their roles. They will make you fall in love with and/or be disgusted by their characters all over again. One of the best performances is newcomer Chris Pine. He is ridiculously good at bringing his role to life and giving the audience comedy with a giant splash of crazy mixed in. This is the movie where he proves he isn’t just a pretty face.
Hoerrible Bosses 2 will make fans of the first one rejoice, as it is just as good as the previous film. The writing is excpetional and the cast just knocks it out of the park. There are a few scenes where humor is taken to a grotesque point, but they are easy to overlook when you become engrossed in the world of Nick & Kurt & Dale, Inc.