When Horrible Bosses hit theaters in 2011 it racked in the cash and delivered the laughs. The cast worked perfect together and with the success of the film it came as no shock that they moved forward with a sequel and thankfully they got everyone that could be back along with some new blood including Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Aniston, and Kevin Spacey, but can it capture that same hilarious magic once again or will it be a crime that should never have been committed?
Horrible Bosses 2 follows the guys who have decided to start their own business, but things don’t go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme. This time around it is no surprise that some aspects of the film come off a bit forced since this is the sort of film that wasn’t in need of a sequel. Thankfully there is more stuff that works on some level than doesn’t despite it losing the free flow fun of the original and falling more into a straight laced comedy. Part of what makes this film work is the banter between Bateman, Sudeikis, and Day throughout the film. They are clearly three guys who like each other, but fight like an old married couple to hilarious results. The brief appearances from Spacey and Anniston are a lot of fun and they actually have purpose as opposed to just forcing them back in although their reason for being there is silly. Much like the first film, Anniston steals her scenes with her sex crazed persona and one of the directions they take her with another character adds a fun new element of stress and craziness for them all. The story this time around is just as silly as the first film, but does seem to go into a more unbelievable direction at times that could lose some people. It is entertaining and showcases numerous hilarious moments, but it kind of falls in the been there done that category at times, never really pushing the limits to be more. These guys are a lot of fun to watch together and that helps to keep things moving along and Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz make for great bad bosses, but just don’t pack the punch those from the first film did. They are bad people, but nothing so horrible that warrants the actions here, but if you can let that go then the film still manages to entertain.
If you were a fan of the first film then you will likely have some fun here. They didn’t take full advantage of what they had built to bring more to the table, but did manage to make a fun entry into the series. Sequels like this are typically not necessary and this one is one of them, but thanks the fun interaction and charisma of the three leads, it is worth checking out. In addition to the film this edition features an extended version of the film as well as numerous featurettes adding to the fun.
Be there when the boys step things up to kidnapping when Horrible Bosses 2 comes to Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on February 24th.