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HORRIBLE BOSSES 2

SYNOPSIS: Dale (Charlie Day), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Nick (Jason Bateman) decide to start their own business but things don't go as planned when a slick investor (Christophe Waltz) with killer instincts put them into an impossible position, forcing them to consider high-risk action.

Review by Louise Keller:
It's pretty silly, but I had fun with this madcap comedy, largely due to its likeable cast that lets us tag along with the improbable premise. Director Sean Anders, who penned Mr Poppers Penguins and Hot Tub Machine, has concocted a crazy scenario involving a start up company gone wrong, a billionaire businessman with dubious ethics, his cocky son and the three hapless anti-heroes who left their Horrible Bosses in the first film. The plot may be unbelievable, but it's easy to be swept along by the joke, which snowballs as it goes along. The film may be totally forgettable after leaving the cinema, but while there, I guarantee you will laugh, and generally have a good time.

The action begins on morning television where Dale (Charlie Day), Nick (Jason Bateman) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) are promoting their new Shower Buddy invention, a shower-head that automatically dispenses shampoo and conditioner. There's a sucker born every minute they say, and the three guys quickly get stung in their negotiations for an investor. Chris Pine (more handsome than any man deserves to be) is highly entertaining and a real scene-stealer as Rex, the precocious son of billionaire businessman Bert Hanson (nicely played by Christophe Waltz, but deserving of more screen time).

Before the hair-brained kidnap plan is put into execution, dubious advice is received from the notorious expletive-named MF Jones (Jamie Foxx) and Kevin Spacey's venomous Dave Harken (one of the original horrible bosses, now behind bars). They are both hilarious, while Jennifer Aniston's sex-addicted, foul-mouthed dentist (another former horrible boss) leaves nothing to the imagination as she follows her lusty sexual instincts.

Of course nothing goes to plan and laughs are plentiful - often in bad taste. A zany car chase, a break-in involving dentist's happy gas and manic interactions that often seem ad-libbed are part of the mix. It looks as though everyone is having way too much fun and it rubs off. It may not be Shakespeare, but it is a welcome tonic. Don't rush afterwards: the outtakes are worth waiting for.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 (MA15+)
(US, 2014)

CAST: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Anistgon, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz

PRODUCER: Chris Bender, John Morris, Brett Ratner, John Rickard, Jay Stern

DIRECTOR: Sean Anders

SCRIPT: Sean Anders, John Morris

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Julio Macaat

EDITOR: Eric Kissack

MUSIC: Christopher Lennertz

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Clayton Hartley

RUNNING TIME: 108 minuutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: December 11, 2014







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