Horrible Bosses II

WRITTEN BY: Sean Anders, John Morris
DIRECTED BY: Sean Anders
STARRING: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Chris Pine
RATING: 4 stars

If you like crass gags, slapstick and innuendo, chances are you will enjoy Horrible Bosses II. The theme of murder in the first film has been downgraded to kidnapping for the sequel, and that seems to parallel a similar decline in the quality of humour in Horrible Bosses II. But, while it is not quite as good or original as the first film, it is still a far superior comedy to many others released this year.

With their previous employers no longer causing them headaches, Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis), and Dale (Charlie Day) start their own company and create a shower device. After producing enough items to make a lucrative deal with businessman Bert Hanson (Christoph Waltz), the trio are then tricked out of the deal. They plan to kidnap Bert's son Rex (Chris Pine) to get the money they are owed. But instead, Rex, who is keen to come out of his father's shadow, soon takes over their intricate plan and further complicates their dramas.

The trio of Bateman, Day and Sudeikis are still hilarious and their chemistry is almost perfect. Meanwhile, Pine is a fantastic addition to the cast. He is much more than a pretty face and shows audiences yet again that he can keep up with more seasoned comedians. Jonathan Banks is also very funny despite playing a straight-laced detective searching for Rex. Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey all return for the sequel and are used in a good way to advance the plot, although Aniston's character is a little repetitive. Unfortunately, Waltz is not given enough to do in the film and it seems like a waste to have someone of his calibre in such an uninteresting role.

Horrible Bosses II is silly and outrageous. It is a fun way to spend a couple of hours.