Comedy flick "Horrible Bosses" was a hilarious entertainer and one of the big hits of 2011. Its sequel 'Horrible Bosses 2' with the same cast is out but is somewhat of a damp-squib, and unfunny, according to critics.
"Horrible Bosses 2" was released on Wednesday, 26 November, in the US and the reviews are not encouraging. The film has been blasted for its offensive humour and critics have blamed the poor scripting, which majorly depends on the cast to keep the audience hooked to their seats for the odd one hour it lasts.
Plot: Nick, Kurt and Dale (Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day) start a business and dream big. But they are double-crossed by Burt Hanson (Christoph Waltz) and the trio is in a financial crisis. They want to seek revenge against him and kidnap his son Rex (Chris Pine). What happens next is predictable.
The movie is directed by Sean Anders and produced by Brett Ratner, Jay Stern and John Morris. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine and others are in the cast.
Here, we bring you what reviewers are saying about "Horrible Bosses 2".
"This ill-conceived sequel to 2011's entertaining Horrible Bosses is base, moronic, insulting and vulgar. It's also cringingly unfunny," USA Today reviewer writes.
"Horrible Bosses 2: a comedy borderline enough for a good mood to make it pass as agreeably silly and for a bad mood to turn it into a sloppy retread," A.V. Club Reviewer claims.
"Make no mistake, despite some well-earned laughs, "Horrible Bosses 2" is not what qualifies as a good movie or even a particularly good R-rated comedy. But there is more to laugh at in "2" than the first, so let's go with less horrible, shall we?" Says the Los Angeles Times critic.
"The new, decidedly inferior sequel has its share of chuckles, but it's got none of that edge or anger. In fact, I'm not even sure why it's called Horrible Bosses 2," reviewer from Vulture writes.
"Sean Anders' Horrible Bosses 2 barely skips a beat picking up from its predecessor, reintroducing a trio of hapless worker drones discovering their entrepreneurial inspiration and seeking to become CEOs themselves," says reviewer from Hollywood Reporter.
"This disgracefully slapdash farce, directed by Sean Anders from a screenplay he wrote with John Morris, brings back many of the same stars from the first film in token appearances to try to maintain an illusion of continuity. But the story doesn't even try to make sense. You often have the queasy feeling that the screenplay was improvised on the spot," the critic from New York Times writes.