Carrying on from where they left in Horrible Bosses (2011), the three musketeers, Dale, Kurt, and Nick decide to work for themselves. However, when their business initiative goes awry, as a result of being double-crossed by an investor, Burt Hanson (Christoph Waltz), they decide it’s time for revenge, and so they plan to kidnap his son, Rex (Chris Pine). Will they be able to execute their plan? Well, to find out you will have to watch Horrible Bosses 2.
Having outlined the plot, I must quickly add that there is a sense of déjà vu about the gags in this installment, and you will, in all probability, end up comparing it to its predecessor. Whether you like it more than the original movie or not is entirely up to you. As for me, I would like to go with the 2011 one. Even though there are quite a few hilarious moments in Horrible Bosses 2, the actors, which include Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey among others, seem jaded, although that can be ascribed to lack of originality in the script. If it hadn’t been for a very mediocre script, I believe it could have been a far better movie, and even Jamie Foxx’s deadpan humor, which was spot on in Horrible Bosses, would have worked well even this time around.
Although I did manage to laugh during the course of the movie, it wasn’t as much as I had hoped to. It is quite evident that this set of actors cannot consistently hold forte given an average script, and hence it is in the best interest of everyone that there is no part three.
If you haven’t seen Horrible Bosses, you will probably walk away from the theater less disappointed with Horrible Bosses 2. It’s better to go without any expectations to watch this movie even if you have seen Horrible Bosses and liked it. Like the one before it, this movie is full of crude and often sexual innuendos that make you chuckle no doubt, but somehow do not go a long way in sustaining that laughter. It is safe to say then that you can comfortably give Horrible Bosses 2 a miss.