The topic of comedy sequels has been one that has divided opinion in the last couple of years. The general consensus is that they are never a good idea. Take Anchorman 2 for example, one of the worst films of 2013 whereas the first is arguably one of the greatest comedy movies of all time. The majority of the time, comedy sequels will fail but in some cases it works as it did with 22 Jump Street earlier this year and now with Horrible Bosses 2.
Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day all return but this time with a different vendetta. The trio start their own business, becoming their own bosses after their invention of the ‘Shower Buddy’. Following their promotion on a daytime television show, they finally receive an offer from Burt Hanson (Christoph Waltz), a slick investor.
However, things go array when Hanson pulls the plug on the project after the trio spend big in order to manufacture their units. Typically, they seek revenge in the most extreme way possible: kidnapping (or kidnaping) Hanson’s son Rex (Chris Pine). Naturally, things don’t quite go to plan and the expected chaos ensues.
Jennifer Aniston returns as Dr Julia Harris, playing the nympho role that made heads turn in the first Horrible Bosses edition, and playing out one of the funniest scenes in the film in the sex addicts meeting with Bateman. Jamie Foxx also returns as ‘MF’ Jones along with Kevin Spacey who plays an imprisoned Dave Harken.
Horrible Bosses 2 is on par with the first film in terms of humour, which is generally the main concern with comedy sequels. The storyline may be slightly wackier than the first but the comedy is carefully managed in the safe hands of the leading trio. One surprise is Pine who churns out an excellent comedy performance, something we haven’t been used to seeing in the last couple of years from him. Waltz unfortunately only plays a very small role in the film, which is a shame but at the same time understandable, as you have to imagine that this is merely a filler-in film for him.
When they announced there would be a Horrible Bosses 2, the initial reaction was to ask why. Very rarely do comedy sequels work and it’s usually because they made so much money from the first instalment that they choose to do a petty second to rake in similar figures. Fortunately, the second edition did not disappoint and keeps the laughs coming all the way through, just as the first one did.