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Movie Night – 'Horrible Bosses 2' may be funniest of year (Dec. 10, 2014 issue)

The first thing you should know about “Horrible Bosses 2” is that, even though it’s a sequel, it’s easily the funniest movie of the year. It’s a fall-out-of-your-seat, laugh-until-you-cry good time. The second thing you should know is that it’s definitely a movie for adults only.
Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) return from the first movie as best friends trying to make a better life for themselves. They are tired of working for jerks, slaving away while someone else profited from their hard work. So they decide to open their own business, to become their own boss.
The three friends form a new company, unimaginatively called Nick, Curt, & Dale. The sole product of their company is a device they call the Shower Buddy. It attaches to your shower head and acts like an automated car wash for people. First, water comes out of the Shower Buddy to get you ready to wash. Then it spits out tri-color foam to get you good and soapy before hitting the rinse cycle, and others, until you are sparkling clean like a Buick.
The trouble starts for the boys when they get involved with Burt Hanson (Christoph Waltz), a billionaire investor who owns a mail-order catalog. Burt’s son, Rex (Chris Pine), prefers to buy the Shower Buddy brand from the guys and outsource the manufacturing to China. But the guys want to manufacture the Shower Buddies and Burt agrees to an order of 100,000 Shower Buddies.
The boys immediately get a short-term loan for $500,000, turn a rental space into a factory, and hire employees to manufacture the Shower Buddies. With hard work and dedication they complete the order ahead of schedule. Burt then cancels the order so he can buy the company at a bargain price at a foreclosure sale when they can’t pay their loan on time.
The boys are devastated. They’re worried about the company, their employees, and about losing everything they have. An absurd brainstorming session ensues where the guys try to develop a plan to save their business. But, because they know virtually nothing about business, the best plan they can devise is to kidnap Rex Hanson and hold him until Burt pays a $500,000 ransom.
As bad as the guys are at business, they are even worse at crime. The kidnapping soon turns into an utter debacle. You have to hand it to them though, they don’t give up, despite the odds (and the cops) against them. While they don’t exactly come out on top in these situations, they don’t wind up on the bottom either.
“Horrible Bosses 2” is at least as good as the first movie. The cast is exceptional. In addition to Bateman, Sudeikis, and Day, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Aniston, and Kevin Spacey all return to reprise their roles, though in a smaller capacity than the first movie.
Bateman, Sudeikis, and Day have developed a chemistry between them that is hard to capture once, and nearly impossible to find a second time for a sequel, but they found it again for this movie. They play off each other beautifully, with perfect comedic timing, like they really are best friends. It is one of the better buddy comedies out there.
Like most recent comedies, “Horrible Bosses 2” is not for the easily offended or the timid. There are several scenes of cringe-worthy dialogue. Expect to be shocked, but to laugh anyway.
If you need a good laugh or just want to have a good time on a date or for a night out with the guys, you can’t go wrong with “Horrible Bosses 2.” No doubt about it, you will leave the theater with a smile on your face.
Grade: A-
Rated R for strong crude sexual content and language throughout.