Horrible Bosses 2 is the kind of sequel that shouldn’t exist. It’s an obvious cash-in to the original’s success and panders to the cheapest of cheap humor. You’ll watch it late one evening, while flicking through channels and wondering: “what have I done with my life?”
The film stars the original protagonists, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day), and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis). Taking place after the first movie’s events, the three decide to go into business for themselves. They come up with the idea for a unique product, The Shower Buddy. After showing off their prototype on a morning talk show they are approached by Burt & Rex Hanson (Christoph Waltz & Chris Pine) who offer to invest in the product, but via a verbal agreement. Once production is complete the Hanson’s back out of the deal in order force the closure of the business, and then obtain the stock on auction at a much cheaper price. Our numbskulls decide to kidnap Rex, ransom him, and use the money to save their business. From there on hilarity ensues. Apparently.
As I said earlier the movie uses cheap comedy, which just isn’t funny. It doesn’t even border on “stupid funny”, like The Hangover. Jennifer Aniston’s character is still after Charlie’s, which is where my biggest complaint comes in: male rape. It’s used for a large portion of the jokes and really isn’t something that should be joked about, and honestly made me cringe through a lot of the film. In one scene if Jennifer and Charlie’s roles had been reversed the movie wouldn’t have made it to screen. It not only shows a lack of understanding, but creativity as well.
The actors are pretty terrible in this. Jason Sudeikis needs to be throttled, and Charlie Day just plays his same character, Charlie Kelly, from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The only redeeming part of the movie is Rex Hanson, played by Chris Pine. His character is funny, bizarre, crazy, and Chris plays it to a T (like James T Kirk). If it weren’t for him I’d have fallen asleep.
Let’s be honest here: I hated this movie. I really did. I don’t recommend it to anyone with an actual sense of humour or dignity. I’d rather have watched a found-footage film than this.