Movie Review: Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) – It wasn’t Broke, They tried to Fix it and Failed

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I liked the original movie “Horrible Bosses”: but they didn’t seem to leave much room to make a sequel. Needless to say, I was curious as to how it was going to work out. While it hasn’t done as well as the original, Horrible Bosses 2 is doing well at the box office, though it’s not performing as well with critics.

In this story, our previous leads have invented something called the Shower Buddy. They form their own company, so they can be their own bosses and never have to deal with bad bosses again. They strike a deal with some unscrupulous distributors. When the deal goes sour, the three create an improbable kidnapping scheme (via 9 to 5) in order to take back their invention.

I’d say my biggest complaint was how far away they strayed from the original. Though exaggerated, the bosses in the original were actually bosses you could have. The bad guys in this one are complete caricatures of snake oil salesmen, and it’s pretty amazing that the three fall for their schemes.

Of course, that was accomplished by the three somehow dropping like 30 IQ points a piece since the last movie. The guys in the first movie were unlucky, but they weren’t stupid. The ones in this movie are complete idiots. The reason I liked the first movie so much was because I could say “hey, those guys remind me of me.” In this movie, they don’t remind me of anyone I’ve ever met.

In fact, they were so dumb it was nearly impossible to sympathize with them.

The office genre comedy is successful because there are so many office drones out there who feel the same way. Whether it’s tedious work, irritating coworkers or bosses that are more robot than human, we all feel like we’ve been there. Horrible Bosses 2 loses the magic of that, by turning these guys into business owners with a ridiculous invention, and then having them fail because they made a bad business decision.

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It’s much harder to sympathize with a character in one of these movies when they’re the ones making the mistakes. I mean, I’m a business owner. I would never work with a distributor without vetting them first…. or even talking to a lawyer. In this movie, the cause of the conflict was so completely unrealistic, and the characters changed so much, I could no longer empathize with them. I didn’t even care about them.

I had another problem with the movie and that was Jennifer Aniston’s character. While playing the foul mouthed sexual harassment vixen in the first movie, she was hilarious and hate-able. In this one, she does something that I think went way too far, when she pretty much sexually assaults a man who has been drugged. If the genders had been reversed, this would have been outrageously controversial and not a bit funny. I don’t care how pretty the aggressor is. If you’re going to make a joke about something like that, you better damn well be able to make it hilarious.

They didn’t

I have to say that I was disappointed by the sequel. In fact, I wish I had never seen it so I would still have the memory of the first good movie in my head. Now, that memory has been forever tarnished.

WE GAVE IT: 2.5 Stars

2.5 Stars
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Will Ferrell And Mark Wahlberg Teaming Up Again For New Comedy Titled ‘Daddy’s Home’

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The title of the film and the plot might sound familiar to you, and that’s because the rumors surrounding this film started leaking last year. Daddy’s Home was originally supposed to star Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell, but it now looks like Vince Vaughn is out.

Paramount Pictures announced yesterday that it will now be Mark Wahlberg teaming up with Will Ferrell to create the laughs in the Daddy vs. Daddy comedy. Director Sean Anders (Horrible Bosses 2) will direct the script, which has seen several writers working on it. Entourage writer Brian Burns will get the main credit for it.

So what is the film all about, and why should you be excited for it? Well, according to the Paramount press release, we will see Ferrell and Wahlberg going head to head in the comedy.

Ferrell will play a mild-mannered radio executive who is prepared to become the best step-dad to his wife’s two kids. However, things get complicated when their freeloading real father (Wahlberg) arrives, which forces the two men to fight for the affection of the children.

Sounds promising, right? Personally, I would have preferred having Vince Vaughn in this film as the straight man and Will Ferrell as the freeloading father. I think that would have worked out extremely well, but I am still excited to see where this film goes. The filming will begin later this year.

Horrible Bosses 2 – Official Teaser Trailer Gets Released.

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The original movie was a sleeper for me. I didn’t know it was going to be that funny, I didn’t know that the chemistry of the cast was going to be that good, and I didn’t expect that Aniston was going to be that hot!

The trailer has been released for the 2nd installment and the 45 year old Aniston is back reprising her role as Dr. Julia Harris. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudekis will also be back and do you remember Dean ‘Motherf*****’ Jones?MST - 05JUL014 - 1

That was Jamie Foxx as the crime consultant.

The first Horrible Bosses has banked $209 Million to date. If the second one does half as good I will be considered a success.

Horrible Bosses 2 is scheduled to be released on November 26th.

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