Horrible Bosses 2 (Warner Bros., R)

film horrible-bosses-2_smThe movie is so much fun, I would even dare to nominate it for the comedy of the year.




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I can’t remember the last time my expectations have been exceeded this much. After having a blast during the original Horrible Bosses and knowing how things usually go down the drain with sequels, I didn’t think there was any way Horrible Bosses 2 could be this much fun. But somehow it is, and I would even dare to nominate Horrible Bosses 2 for the comedy of the year.

Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis), and Dale (Charlie Day, with the most annoying voice ever) come back with a brand new plan to be their own bosses, entailing starting a new company and inventing the “Shower Buddy,” but not knowing how to set up a good business. After being royally screwed over by multimillionaire Bert Hanson (the amazing two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz), our trio gets tangled up into a senseless abduction plan bound to go wrong from the very beginning. Kidnapping Hanson’s psycho son Rex (a spot-on Chris Pine) becomes easier than anticipated when the crazy, spoiled brat volunteers, gags himself, and ties himself up in the back of their car—wanting to get his hands on his father’s money.

The plot does not drag for one second, and the cast does an awesome job of keeping everyone entertained throughout the 108-minute running time. Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, and Jennifer Aniston all come back funnier than ever, and after sitting through some hilarious outtakes during the end credits, it was undoubtedly just as much fun filming the movie on set.

Besides just the comic storyline, dialogue, and action, I really enjoyed a couple of dynamic editing sequences that went hand-in-hand with well-known music tracks (for example, Katy Perry’s “Roar” as a cheesy ringtone, or “Can’t Hold Us!” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis).

What makes this movie work so well is the fresh humor brought by the still likeable, over the top, useless-moron protagonists, mixed with the already known ground from the original. The new guys (Waltz and Pine) spice up the movie just the right amount, and even though you do not need to see the first one to understand Horrible Bosses 2, I believe that the sequel will win over plenty of viewers who will want to go back and find out what mischief Nick, Kurt, Dale have done in the past. | Lea Vrábelová

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