Horrible Bosses 2

Out Now On-Demand

Taking care of business.

Following on from 2011's surprise cult-hit Horrible Bosses, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) launch a business and become their own  bosses. But when a slick investor outplays them, the desperate trio - with no legal recourse - hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor's adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company. Returning co-stars from the original include Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx alongside new faces Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine.

We had a lot of good things to say about 2011’s Horrible Bosses, namely that it was “adult without being crass,” and “goofy without being stupid.” Changing directorial hands from Seth Gordon (The King of Kong) to Sean Anders (That’s My Boy), this unfortunate sequel happily settles for crassness and stupidity.

The inspired sparks of the original are present but sparse, with the film earning its best jokes when the three lads’ incompetence feels a little genuine. A simple scene where they plan their “kidnaping” plot – involving an on-form Chris Pine and an underused Christoph Waltz – demonstrates the comedic chemistry between Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudekis at its peak. But for the most part, the Dumbass Dial is turned all the way up from ‘ignorant’ to ‘obnoxious’, with irritatingly dumb mistakes becoming vital to the plot. When their ineptitude bleeds over from criminal acts to common sense, it’s hard to root for any of them.

Humour is extremely subjective, however, and if this collection of gags works for you, maybe the plot won’t matter. There were some in the cinema laughing at the sound of Day trying to speak urban, Sudekis mistaking “cogs in the machine” for “c*cks in the machine”, and the two of them yelling incomprehensibly back and forth.

In response to the pair’s buffoonishness, Bateman usually sighs and shake his head in disappointment. The feeling’s mutual.

Total Film (UK)

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Looser, more conventional, and highly dependent on the enjoyably rambling bro-banter...

Empire (UK)

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Horrible Bosses 2 does at least try harder than the lazy remake-the-first-one-in-a-new-location rule of so many comedy sequels...

Hollywood Reporter

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Bogs down in predictability with reliance on too many stock situations that absorb the bulk of the running time.

Time Out London

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Another convoluted tale of criminal bumbling.

Variety (USA)

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This inane and incredibly tasteless sequel qualifies as an excuse to bring back those hard-working funnymen Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis...

Dissolve (USA)

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Sudeikis and Day's dumb-and-dumber shtick feels tired, and Bateman sags under the joyless weight of being the token adult in yet another lowbrow romp beneath his dignity.

Guardian (UK)

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It's silly, but irresistible.

New York Times

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One of the sloppiest and most unnecessary Hollywood sequels ever made.

Horrible...

Barely a titter. A let down from the first film.

TG09NZ

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One the same par as the last one

Pretty good film, had me laughing in parts. I like the idea they went with, glad they didnt go down the path of trying to kill their new bosses. Hopefully they will stop here and leave it at number 2...hehe number 2.

Strong

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New York Times has got the review right....scroll down

Unless you have absolutely nothing else to do go see it. Too much jibba jabba for me and my daughter came up with a better ending than the writers and producers...very weak.


Aniston is shining

Others? total drag...