After a highly successful first film, Warner Bros. Pictures decided that a sequel was in order. “Horrible Bosses” (2011) did extremely well at the box office, raking in a reported $117 million and enjoying continuous airings on national networks like FX, as well as being featured in countless Redboxes across the country. But making a sequel to this already outstanding comedy is just another example of big-time studios trying to milk the money train; without a care in the world about their quality.
Following up with the original cast of Kurt Buckman (Jason Sudeikis), Nick Hendricks (Jason Bateman), Dale Arbus (Charlie Day), Dr. Julia Harris D.D.S. (Jennifer Aniston), Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey) and Motherf**ker Jones (Jamie Foxx); this film had all the potential to repeat as a comedic juggernaut. However, with recycled plot lines and unimaginative dialogue, it failed to meet the expectations of its predecessor. The additions of Christoph Waltz (Burt Hanson) and Chris Pine (Rex Hanson) also did very little help further along the film. As Waltz is far too talented to be featured in such a piss poor picture, and Pine is just an overrated pretty boy who’s only notoriety comes from his most recent role as Captain Kirk in the “Star Trek” series.
The film begins with the usual suspects (Nick, Kurt & Dale) on a morning talk-show pitching a new product (“The Shower Buddy”) that they plan to market. After a disastrous showing, the three stooges are thinking about how to cut their losses and move on when they get a call from a potential investor who wants to set up a meeting. Upon meeting the investor (Burt), he offers to buy 100,000 units, in which the trio happily oblige. But upon finishing the order, he tells them that he will have to cancel his order, revealing a plan to screw them out of the deal and take over their company. Much like the first film, the three plot their revenge on their new “horrible bosses”.
As you can see, it’s the same s**t, different pot. The unoriginality of the film was underwhelming from the very beginning and the incorporation of former characters was unnecessary; having very little to do with the overall plot. This was a very sad attempt at a sequel to an originally fantastic comedy, which failed to even brush the surface of it’s prior film’s rise to comedic supremacy.
Don’t waste your time on this dud, and instead go back and appreciate the original for its constant hilarity.