Ramblings about entertainment, lifestyle and travel
I thoroughly enjoyed Sean Anders’ Horrible Bosses when it first made it on to our screens. It was funny, somewhat relatable and hugely entertaining. So, when the sequel was released, I knew I had to watch it.
Of course I didn’t watch it thinking I was going to see something worthy of an Oscar, but I was hoping for a good few belly laughs and most importantly some decent entertainment.
Having got rid of their bosses in the previous movie, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) are off to promote their new prototype Shower Buddy in a bid to become their own bosses. Sure enough, the trio strike lucky with a purchase order of 100,000 products from businessman Bert Hanson (Christoph Waltz) and his sidekick son Rex (Chris Pine). Unfortunately things don’t go quite according to plan, which leads the guys to devise a new plan. This time it’s kidnapping.
Looking to get their money back and teach the Hansons a lesson, the trio once again embarks on a mission to learn how to execute their plan and get away with it. With former bosses Dr. Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston) and Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey) making a number of appearances as well as hustler and criminal Dean “MF” Jones (Jamie Foxx).
All in all a pretty impressive cast. Unfortunately I’d hoped for more. As I said at the beginning, it wasn’t ever going to win an Oscar, but I was hoping to be entertained throughout with a good few belly laughs. The trio is still pretty funny as they were in the first movie, with a lot of bickering. Which is also the problem. There was so much bickering that it became a little tedious. There were still some pretty funny scenes, just not enough.
A lot of that was down to the script though as opposed to the acting. Jennifer Aniston is still a little nuts (and creepy), but she pulls it off, whereas they could’ve made better use of Christoph Waltz and written a more compelling character for him. Chris Pine is a welcome addition, playing the incredibly rude, arrogant and attention-seeking Rex Hanson. He could quite easily be one of the trio if he didn’t have a tendency to stab them in the back of course.
Despite being a little disappointed, I still enjoyed watching it. Yes I wish I’d laughed a little more, but overall it’s entertaining enough for a dull Sunday evening. I wouldn’t watch it a second time, but as a bit of light entertainment it’s perfectly fine.