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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)

Tired of working for other people, three inept dimwits (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis) attempt to start their own company. But when they are taken advantage of by the head (Christoph Waltz) of a major corporation, they plot their revenge. There are pleasures to be had, however minor, in intentionally dumb comedies. For the first third of the film, I was having a moderately good time then it jumped the shark with a lame "been there/done that" kidnapping plot and the film never recovers. Bateman, Day and Sudeikis have their dumb act down to a science and they're likable enough so that their stupidity doesn't get on your nerves. But the film belongs to its supporting cast. Notably Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and especially Chris Pine as Waltz's whacked out rich brat son. They're not constrained by the limitations of the dumb act imposed on the three leads which allows them to take flight with their own lunacy. Directed by Sean Anders. And isn't it about time to retire those gag reel end credits? It's not so much that they're simply not funny anymore but the gags seemed forced as if they were planned ("Oh, this will look hysterical in the outtake reel!").

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