Having finally escaped the torment of their horrible bosses, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) are plotting to become their own men in upcoming comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2. Having invented a somewhat dubiously-titled product called the Shower Buddy, the three entrepreneurs find themselves seemingly in luck when made an offer by a father-son business team (played by Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz).
Unfortunately it turns out that horrible bosses are a widespread problem and the trio’s new business partners are more interested in ripping them off than making them rich. Since the three friends have already proven themselves to be inept at the art of murder, they settle on a new tactic: kidnaping (sic).
Two of the horrible bosses from the first film – Dave (Kevin Spacey) and Julia (Jennifer Aniston) – are also returning for this sequel, along with criminal consultant Dean “Motherf**ker” Jones (Jamie Foxx), and the script comes once from screenwriting duo John Morris and Sean Anders (who also co-wrote this November’s Dumb and Dumber To). The latest trailer for Horrible Bosses 2 offers another helping of the kind of humor that made the first film a hit, which could be either good or bad news depending on how much you liked Horrible Bosses.
Bringing back the same cast was a recipe for success in this year’s sequel 22 Jump Street and it seems like this approach may have saved Horrible Bosses 2 from the curse of sequelitis as well (even if director Seth Gordon has been replaced by Anders). The uncomfortable running gag about female-on-male sexual assault from the first movie appears to have been dropped in favor of a subplot about Julia getting treatment for sex addiction (which doesn’t seem to have been effective), but Horrible Bosses 2 will no doubt find other ways to push its R rating.
This trailer also contains a wry acknowledgement of Nine to Five, the 1980s movie starring Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin that Horrible Bosses was frequently compared to in reviews due to the similarity of the two movies’ plots. Needless to say, that film’s feminist message seems to have somewhat gone over Motherf**ker Jones’ head.
Horrible Bosses 2 opens in U.S. theaters on November 26th, 2014.