Horrible Bosses 2 [2014] ★★

tumblr_nehr9uZO4n1r8q1s0o1_500Sequels are the curse of modern-day comedies. Occasionally you find a good one, but more often the second installment ruins all the fun and sense of discovery that made the original a hit in the first place. “Horrible Bosses” was one of my favorite comedies of 2011. I tried to remind myself of that as I watched “Horrible Bosses 2”, a pointless and mostly silly sequel. How could a raunch-fest that slapped a stupid smile on my face degenerate into this? I won’t waste much time describing the storyline. Suffice it to say that Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day get in trouble again when they decide to kidnap a millionaire’s son (Chris Pine) and ask for a ransom. That’s a good idea for a 20 minute TV episode. Unfortunately, the movie runs 108 minutes and as we move along, you can feel the life slowly draining from it. I have to admit though: it isn’t a total bummer. Director Sean Anders guides the trio to a few mighty laughs, but overall it is a disappointment, which for me is harder to take than failure. Is it because I’m a huge fan of the original? Perhaps. Either way, I think these talented actors deserve a better vehicle than this.

Rating: 2/4

3 replies »

  1. Finally I see a lukewarm review about this. Like FINALLY. People were far too dazzlingly overjoyed to have seen through the movie really, in the screening I went to.

  2. I actually enjoyed it a lot. I’m trying not to be philosophical about it and try to relate it with the first.
    I just want a good laugh and I absolutely got it!! So it was very good, ‘motherfucker’ jones

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