It is a general rule that sequels are never as good as the original. A big reason for that is, more often than not, the original movie was always intended to be just one stand-alone entry. Then, the movie becomes a big hit and the studio demands a sequel. The problem with that is the next movie is often a poorly put together story and usually leaves audiences disappointed. However, there is the rare occasion where there is an exception to that rule and “Horrible Bosses 2” is one of those cases.
Dale, Kurt and Nick (Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis and Jason Bateman) have decided to go into business for themselves. They have a new invention and all they need is an investor. They find one in Bert Hanson (Christoph Waltz), but he pulls a fast one on them and now it looks like they may lose their company. They decide to kidnapped Bert’s son, Rex (Chris Pine), who actually likes the idea of getting kidnapped.
“Horrible Bosses 2” gets the laughs going right away and keeps them coming. What worked so well for this comedy, as well as for the original, is that it provides many different kinds of laughs. Sometimes the laughs are due to something visual, then the joke may come from a misunderstanding, sometimes a funny line can be uttered, and the three main stars may even have a splendid back and fourth banter with one another.
Many other cast members from the original movie return for the sequel. Kevin Spacey is back as Nick’s former boss, Dave Harkin. He’s in jail and only has a few scenes, but he makes them all count. Jamie Foxx is the mysterious Dean “MF” Jones. Given the number of high profile movies Foxx does lately, you might be surprised that he took this role in the first movie, but the Oscar winning actor obviously knows a good role when he sees one. Finally, Jennifer Aniston is also back as Dale’s former sexual predator boss, Julia. It’s odd stating this, but despite the role she played for years on “Friends”, this was a part Jennifer was born to play. The role is a complete reversal to what one would expect her to play and she takes great delight in every nasty line she says in this movie. The only one who does not gel with the rest of the cast is Chris Pine. He’s a great Captain Kirk, but the movie would have worked much better if another actor had this role.
Thanksgiving may be a time for families to get together, but sometimes the grownups need a movie they can see too. “Horrible Bosses 2” is the perfect comedy for this long Thanksgiving weekend and for the holiday season. It is rated R for strong crude sexual content and language throughout.