The Movie: 6/10
Chatter chatter chatter chatter chatter chatter chatter chatter chatter…yea, that’s what it’s like for most of this movie. I know, I know, it’s supposed to be the natural funny conversation of normal people, brave and so innovative for motion pictures. No. It’s chatter that makes me want to reach through the screen and put my hand over 2 out of 3 of the mouths of the 3 headed monster that is the leading cast of Horrible Bosses 2. I did laugh a lot, this is true. I can’t deny that it’s fun and lighthearted and a great escape flick that is very enjoyable. However, THE CHATTER CHATTER CHATTER…go ahead, roll your eyes and say to your hip cool friend that I just don’t get it. Be convinced that I’m out of the loop of what’s real comedy. Fine. Comedy isn’t the issue, being f’ing annoying is the issue.
When you watch this movie you’ll know exactly what I’m saying about the vibe of almost every scene when we have our leading men trying to out humor each other. If you can get past that you find the heart and soul of the story. It’s got a heart even among the kidnapping, the infidelity, the father-who-doesn’t-love-his-son-as-much-as-his-money, and other grown up themes. Yes, our gang of murderous employees does have good intentions now that they are going into business for themselves. They want to be the good bosses they never had. Trusting a big business man might not be the way to get all their business goals achieved. Things do go wrong.
The cast is fine. I laughed at almost everyone, but mostly at Jennifer Anniston. She’s awesome. That’s that. If some of the showcasing by the men in the cast would come to an elegant end and they just let each other be funny, it would make me more of a fan of them all.
The antics of our little trio of semi-bumblers are possibly an extension of what other bumblers might fantasize about. Kidnapping the rich grown jerky son of a rich older jerk who cheated you out of your business, that sounds like what some people might like to think they would do if they could get away with it. The problem is that most of us are not cut out for high crime, the pressure, the responsibility, the danger, and our little role models aren’t either. When the victim decides to participate in his own abduction it’s all a bit too sophisticated for the well-meaning trio’s coping skills. Big bad business vs. small fries is enough funny, they don’t need the CHATTER!!!
It’s just funny and fun so watch it for a good time. Try not to get too distracted by the verbal vomit.
- Extended & Theatrical Cut – The Extended cut is 8 minutes longer than the theatrical, you can choose either from the main menu.
- Endless Laughter Guaranteed (17 Minutes) – Talking heads type featurette that examines the chemistry between the three lead players in the movie.
- Off The Cuff One Liners You Didn’t See (18 Minutes) – Thirteen alternate take reels that go on a little to long for this reviewer.
- Let The Sexual Healing Begin (2 Minutes) – A mock advertisement for Dr. Julia Harris’s Sex Addiction Group.
- Who Invented The Shower Buddy (2 minutes) – A fun skit that asks the question who invented the shower buddy Kurt or Dale?
- Nick, Curt, Dale Inc (2 Minutes) – Employee testimonials from the employees of Nick, Kurt, Dale Inc
- It’s The Shower Buddy Infomercial (1 Minute) – An infomercial for the Shower Buddy that is surprisingly realistic.
- High Speed Crash Course (3 Minutes) – A look at the car chase that makes up the finale of the film.
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 6/10
The cover is fine. It’s kind of boring but it gets the job. I wouldn’t have it as a poster, but it serves its purpose. The menu is the menu.
Audio & Video: 8/10
Horrible Bosses 2 looks great on Blu-Ray but has a few flaws that stop it getting full marks. Starting with the bad the movie is plagued with Black Crush and some blurry shots that do not look HD at all. But putting that aside the 1080P AVC encode offers a crisp, clean-looking modern movie that is satisfying and impressive the majority of the time. Macroblocking, Banding or Aliasing are all absent here it’s mostly a good-looking film.
Warner’s DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is strong and vibrant, it almost has as much energy as the trio of leads in the movie. Although mainly a talky comedy the movie does break into action near the end and this is when the surround and LFE channels come alive. Dialog is always centered and easy to understand even when Bateman, Sudekis and Day talk over each other (which is about 99% of the time).
Overall Score 6/10