Empty-headed schemers Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) are back with more vulgar comedy in Horrible Bosses 2. After trying to murder each other’s bosses in 2011, the trio start out on their own with hair-brained invention, the Shower Buddy. They soon realise they’ve been tricked into taking out a business loan by billionaire Bert Hanson (an underused Christoph Waltz) and resort to kidnapping his son (Chris Pine). New writers for the franchise John Morris and Sean Anders, who also directs, stretch the original concept very thinly. But this flimsy plot is not the worst thing about Horrible Bosses 2. That’s the jokes.
Horrible Bosses 2

Anders’ film is plagued by bad taste humour from sexist jokes and rape gags to offensive impersonations. Much of the comedy is uncomfortable rather than funny, especially when it weaves its sexual harassment and rape humour in with with ideas about what it means to be a man. That the target of these jokes is male does nothing to make it funny.Horrible Bosses 2 Christoph Waltz

In the wake of these tasteless gags Nick, Kurt and Dale begin to look as horrible as bad-guy Hanson. Even Bateman’s straight-man comedy is too tired to save the day. Anders delivers an energetic car chase but it’s the credit closing out-takes – much funnier than the film itself – that arrive just in time to leave a brief smile on our lips.

 

VERDICT: ✭ 1/5
 
Certificate: 15
RunningTime: 108 Minutes
Images: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc
UK Release Date: 28 November 2014

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