“Horrible Bosses 2” fails to compete with the original
By Caitlin LeRoux
6.5 stars out of 10 stars
The sequel to the 2011 hit movie, “Horrible Bosses 2,” was released Nov. 28. Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day are back as the hapless trio Nick, Kurt and Dale. This time however, they are not being abused by any horrible bosses, and instead try to be their own boss. The three pursue their dream of being their own boss by inventing the “Shower Buddy,” along with a company that sells them. To promote this venture, Nick, Kurt and Dale make a virtuous attempt at hawking their invention on a morning T.V. show, which quickly develops into a fiasco.
After the failed TV appearance, the threesome attempts to salvage their product and keep the business from going under, so they solicit the aid of a millionaire entrepreneur played by Christopher Waltz and his son, Rex, portrayed by Chris Pine.
Unfortunately, the trio soon comes to the realization that the businessman and his son are quite unscrupulous due to the fact that the two plan to bankrupt the company and then sell the “Shower Buddy” on their own.
Not to be outdone, Nick, Kurt and Dale hatch a plot, which involves kidnapping Rex and forcing his father to pay a ransom. Of course, the group of three, not being skilled in the criminal aspect of things, enlists the expertise again of their master criminal guru played by Jamie Foxx.
In their quest, they also seek advice from Kevin Spacey in the role of Nick’s former detestable boss who now resides in prison, as well as encounter Dale’s former over-sexed dentist boss depicted by Jennifer Aniston.
Despite their determination, it still does not take Nick, Kurt and Dale long to understand that they are way in over their heads in kidnapping Rex, who has some serious mental issues.
Viewers will realize that “Horrible Bosses 2” has little to do with bosses or bad working environments, but is instead an excuse to display the considerable talents and undeniable chemistry between Bateman, Sudeikis and Day. There is not a solid story, but there are plenty of laughs—many of which are crass and politically incorrect.
Overall, “Horrible Bosses 2” is entertaining, but most plots are unrealistic, making the viewing not worth a ticket price.