Horrible Bosses 2

It is a general rule that sequels are never as good as the origin. A big reason for that is more often than not, the original movie was always intended to be just one stand alone entry. Then, the movie becomes a big hit and the studio demands a sequel. The problem with that is the next movie is a poorly put together story and usually leaves audiences disappointed. However, there is the rare occasion where an exception to that rule is made and “Horrible Bosses 2” is one of those cases.

Dale, Kurt and Nick (Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis and Jason Bateman) have decided to go into business for themselves. They have a new invention and only need an investor. They find one in Bert Hanson (Christoph Waltz), but he pulls a fast one on them and now it looks like they may lose their company. They decide to kidnapped Bert’s son, Rex (Chris Pine), who actually likes the idea of getting kidnapped.

“Horrible Bosses 2” gets the laughs going right away and keeps them coming. What worked so well for this comedy, as well as the original, is that it provides many different kinds of laughs. Sometimes the laughs are something visual, then the joke can come from a misunderstanding, sometimes a funny line can be uttered and also the three main stars have a splendid back and fourth with one another.

Many other cast members from the original movie return for the sequel. Kevin Spacey is back as Nick’s former boss, Dave Harkin. He’s in jail and only has a few scenes, but he makes them all count. Jamie Foxx is the mysterious Dean “MF” Jones. Given the number of high profile movies Foxx does lately, you might be surprised he took this role in the first movie, but the Oscar winning actor obviously knows a good role when he sees one. Finally, Jennifer Aniston is also back as Dale’s former sexual predator boss, Julia. It’s odd stating this, but despite the role she played for years on “Friends” this was a part Jennifer was born to play. The role is a complete reversal to what one would expect her to play and she take s great delight in every nasty line she says in this movie.

Thanksgiving may be a time for families to get together, but sometimes the grownups need a movie they can see too. “Horrible Bosses 2” is the perfect comedy for this long Thanksgiving weekend and for the holiday season too. It is rated R for strong crude sexual content and language throughout.