There will be a handful of movie comedy sequels arriving in theaters during the last two months of 2014; that list includes Horrible Bosses 2, a followup to what was, back in 2011, a surprisingly popular laughfest in the shape of Horrible Bosses. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis have reunited onscreen for this second Bosses installment, while screenwriting duties were taken over by Sean Anders and John Morris (who also co-wrote this fall’s Dumb and Dumber To).
Anders and Morris’ Horrible Bosses 2 script, judging by the film’s teaser and the film’s newly-released full-length trailer (watch it above), is not a re-invention of the Horrible Bosses wheel, but it’s not a Hangover Part II-style rehash either. There’s even a bit of meta-humor in the latest trailer, when Jamie Foxx’s Dean “MF” Jones tells off the Bateman, Day, and Sudeikis trio for pretending to be “happy-go-lucky guys” every time they perpetrate a crime (a different, but related joke to Ice Cube’s “Do the same thing!” bit from 22 Jump Street earlier this year).
Indeed, as the new Horrible Bosses 2 trailer lays out, the plot this time involves a kidnapping scheme rather than attempted murder – as Bateman, Day, and Sudeikis decided to work together and start their own business, but wound up getting cheated out of their money by an unreliable investor (Christoph Waltz). This inspires the trio to capture their crooked investor’s son (Chris Pine) and hold him for a ransom – a plan that, in some respect, goes smoother than expected when the son decides he wants in on the deal with his kidnappers (as the new trailer reveals).
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Certain elements featured in the Horrible Bosses 2 trailer marketing arguably work better than others. The chemistry between the film’s three leads remains intact, though it does feel as though some of the callbacks to the first movie (see: Jennifer Aniston’s character’s return) may come off as more forced than others. In fairness, though, that might not be so much of an issue in the actual movie.
There’s also the question of direction; Anders called the shots on the Horrible Bosses sequel, but his previous efforts as helmsman (Sex Drive, That’s My Boy) aren’t so encouraging. Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon didn’t exactly have a perfect record either (see: Identity Thief), but he brought good timing and solid visually-oriented punchlines to the first movie. We’ll just have to wait and see how Anders measures up on the sequel.
Horrible Bosses 2 opens in U.S. theaters on November 26th, 2014.
Source: Warner Bros.