Horrible Bosses was, to the surprise of some, one of the more successful comedies of the past few years, having made nearly six times its budget at the box office. That success was largely attributed to its cast, which featured Jason Batemen (Arrested Development), Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), and Jason Sudeikis (We’re the Millers) in starring roles and Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, and Colin Farrell in supporting roles. Thus, it came as a surprise to no one when the sequel was announced soon after.

And now the first trailer (above) for Horrible Bosses 2 has been released, once again featuring Batemen, Day, and Sudeikis as regular guys getting mixed up in all manner of criminal activity.

The trailer doesn’t do the best job of telling us what the film is about. It’s more concerned with cracking toilet jokes, depicting the main characters as hapless wannabe criminals, and featuring cameos from previous horrible bosses Spacey and Aniston. You remember them, right?

There’s even an appearance from Jamie Foxx as ex-con Dean “Mother****er” Jones, who’s once again providing words of wisdom to the protagonists – though one wonders why. In the first film, they went to him for advice on how to go about murdering their, ahem, horrible bosses, only to find out that he’d never actually killed anyone; rather, he went to prison for bootlegging an art film.

According to synopsis released by the studio, the plot of this film has to do with Batemen, Day, and Sudeikis starting their own business, only to be screwed over by an investor played by Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained). In retaliation, the main characters kidnap Waltz’s son, played by Chris Pine (Star Trek Into Darkness). Strangely, the trailer seems to depict the kidnapping of Waltz himself – not to mention Pine deftly handling a gun – so maybe that information isn’t quite accurate (or maybe we’re just not seeing the whole picture).

Ultimately, the trailer makes Horrible Bosses 2 look a whole lot like Horrible Bosses 1, which could be good news for fans of the first film and bad news for people who don’t like comedy sequels that resemble the original too closely (The Hangover: Part Two, we’re looking in your direction).

What say you, Screen Ranters? Does the trailer look good? Are you excited to see this sequel over Thanksgiving break? Drop us a line in the comments.

Horrible Bosses 2 – directed by Sean Anders of That’s My Boy fame – hits theaters November 26th, 2014.

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Source: Warner Bros.