Horrible Bosses 2 Review

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The first Horrible Bosses was a decent summer comedy. It showed that a talented cast with impeccable timing could squeeze so much out of a limited premise. It also introduced non-It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fans to the underrated Charlie Day. Heck, it even got him a hosting gig at SNL that same year.

Unfortunately, limited material will always remain as such no matter how talented the cast. This production is another victim of the dreaded comedy sequel curse. A lot of the jokes and much of the plot feels undercooked. One can’t tell if this was due to the writers or bad improv from the actors. Possibly both.

The change in director is telling as well. Sean Anders lives up to the first word of the title. He answers the question of “What would a terrible version of the first film look like?”

Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jennifer Aniston

Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jennifer Aniston

Even the characters became worse. Charlie Day and the production crew managed to turn Dale from a sweet misunderstood guy to a gratingly annoying idiot. Kurt was reduced completely to his recurring gag as a horndog. Nick, Julia, and Motherfucker thankfully remained unscathed. Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz, and Jonathan Banks were welcome additions but the latter two were terribly underused.

Horrible Bosses 2 doesn’t have the comedic spark its predecessor had. It’s like someone rehashed the first film’s plot and used nothing in the final cut but bad takes and unnecessary scenes. Nick, Dale, and Kurt may be their own bosses now but they certainly are just as horrible.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars