Review: Horrible Bosses 2

Hapless caper is horribly funny


There is a simple rule when it comes to sequels. If you gave the first film a thumbs down, there is no point going to see what happened next. The continuing saga of three men who attempted, but failed, to kill their abhorrent employers in 2011 will be as unsatisfying three years on and not even Jennifer Aniston reprising her saucy role as the sex-mad dentist should break your resolve.

None of the above applies to me because I laughed a lot at Seth Gordon's Horrible Bosses which grossed $210 million at the box office. My review was so enthusiastic that they put it on the DVD cover and sequel director Sean Anders is free to do the same as I laughed again in round two and appreciated his efforts to produce a comedy follow-up that wasn't just a rehashed story. The aforementioned three: Nick (Jason Bateman) Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) have moved on from murder to marketing a soap-dispensing shower head and, in effect, become each other's bosses.

Hapless as they are, help is required and it comes from a bathroom fittings mogul played by Christoph Waltz who, after winning two Oscars, can afford to dip his toes in a comedy caper littered with racist puns and sexist banter. I make no apology for enjoying the largely improvised un-PC dialogue of the trio, but realise others will take offence.

There's always an attempted kidnapping and impressive car chase to fall back on as well as Jennifer Aniston who is shameful as the wanton and libidinous dentist still in pursuit of her former assistant, Dale.

Rachel Green would have been mortified, but Jennifer slips in and out of movies for the masses like a well-oiled pro and we love her for it. Kevin Spacey also returns and the starry line-up is complete with Jamie Foxx assuming the role of low-life criminal, Motherf----- Jones, who fittingly steals the show. So it's a thumbs up from me, but please don't let that influence you.

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