After getting rid of their own bosses, Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis), and Dale (Charlie Day) decide their best option is to be their own boss. They come up with the Shower Buddy, as way to revolutionize showering.
While looking to grow their business, Nick, Kurt, and Dale meet with Rex Hanson (Chris Pine), son of Bert Hanson (Christoph Waltz), who owns one of the largest merchandise catalogs in the world, to discuss a possible deal. When the deal doesn’t go as planned, the trio of entrepreneurs are on the brink of losing everything.
In order to save their company, and their personal lives, Nick, Kurt, and Dale come up with a plan to kidnap Rex and hold him for ransom to cover their costs of starting their business.
As we learned in the first film, they aren’t very adept at crime. They go to Mother F’er Jones (Jamie Foxx) to get some advice. Jones’ advice, much like his murder advice, isn’t exactly what the team expected, but ends up being more astute than they realized.
Nick, Kurt, and Dale come up with a brilliant plan to get away with their crime. Things don’t go exactly as planned.
Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day are back as hilariously inept criminals. Their characters haven’t changed much, which works well for the actors. Bateman and Sudeikis play slightly more with it characters, and it suits their personalities and abilities well. Charlie Day, however, you will want to strangle by about halfway through the movie. He is loud, bumbling, and just all around not that smooth. The group work well together and play off each other with some real chemistry.
Kevin Spacey is back as Nick’s former boss. Although his role is much smaller than in the previous film, he is still as sardonic and biting as I remember him. Jennifer Aniston is also back as Dale’s former boss. Again, her role is much smaller, but she does well as the sex-addicted dentist. Her laughs are based, of course, on her addiction, and perhaps a little more visual and physical than in the original. I like Jamie Foxx in his role as Mother F’er Jones more than in many of his other roles. He’s toned down, in a manner of speaking. He doesn’t have many lines, but what he does in the movie adds just enough that it wouldn’t be the same without him. Chris Pine really surprised me by being able to go all in for a comedy role.
The story really isn’t much different from the first film. The guys are put in a desperate situation where crime is their only option. Only, they just aren’t good at it. Their plans are brilliantly planned, and could work. It’s just their execution that is terrible.
I wouldn’t go as far as saying Horrible Bosses 2 is as good as its predecessor. But it is at least at the same level, more or less. There are plenty of laughs, even if some are easy targets. While it isn’t for everyone, if you enjoyed Horrible Bosses, the sequel won’t disappoint.