Almost eleven years ago, the film Horrible Bosses brought much-needed refreshment to the rather poor world of mainstream comedy. As always, what brings money must be continued, so a few months ago the second part arrived, with some changes compared to the first part. New director Sean Anders has arrived, the team of screenwriters has been strengthened, while several great names have already been added to the excellent casting, so a good result could not be missed. If you ask me, it’s not.
Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) are the trio we met in the first part. This time, it is enough for them to have bosses above them non-stop, so they decide to unite and become independent entrepreneurs. Their business puts them in a situation to start a collaboration with millionaire Bert Henson (Christoph Waltz) and his son Rex (Chris Pine), who cheat them and leave them without a job. The three of them decide to kidnap Rex in order to get their money back, but their plan goes wrong from the very beginning.
In relation to the first part, when the emphasis is on the mutual relations between workers and bosses, ie plans on how to get rid of them, this time the main topic is kidnapping, which again gives enough space to develop a solid crime from the comedy of characters. goes into action. A reinforced team of screenwriters put a lot of effort into making what we see better than the first film, but they didn’t quite succeed. There are a lot of comic, chaotic scenes, the clichés have been reduced to a reasonable extent, the plot and the plot are well done, but it lacks a number of mini-plots and unexpected twists to surpass the 2011 film.
Also, there are certain scenes that are redundant, they serve purely to gain the duration of the film, and the fact is that it was possible without them. On the other hand, I got the impression that the recognized comedians were left more space to improvise their scenes and dialogues, and they dedicated themselves to that as much as possible. Many critics resent that the film is full of curses, but, as in the first film, it is only an additional plus on the reality and persuasiveness of the characters and situations. As for humor, it ranges from top to very debatable, but it is certain that everyone will find a scene that will make them laugh.
And in this film, the most important link is the excellent chemistry that reigns between the top three. They complement each other perfectly, they improvised many scenes themselves and I personally enjoyed watching them. Of course, there were a few scenes that were forced with debatable humor, but the general impression is more than good. The cast has been reinforced for another Oscar winner (three in total in the film). Christoph Wolt routinely played an unscrupulous millionaire who is not afraid of anything, and Chris Pine is more than good. Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Foxx reprized their small but important roles.
Horrible Bosses 2 is one of the few projects whose sequel almost completely matches the first film. A great combination of humor and crime, if you like this type of comedy, you will be more than satisfied.