Last year, the adult-oriented studio comedy The Night Before featured holiday-themed shenanigans that proved moderately popular among general audiences. Even though the Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg production directed by Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) didn't quiet cut it in terms of generating substantial box office returns, the movie did prove to be something of a hit among those adult viewers who wanted to watch a Christmas movie with a little more... bite (and a lot more bile).
Enter Office Christmas Party, the latest holiday studio comedy co-directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck (Blades of Glory) which hopes to up the ante in terms of the kinds of mischief that its adult characters will undoubtedly be getting themselves into. Starring frequent comedy all-star performers Jason Bateman (Zootopia), Jennifer Aniston (Horrible Bosses), Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse) and TJ Miller (Silicon Valley), the new movie looks to kick off a corporate-sanctioned(?) bacchanal that is primed to please adult-oriented comedy fans.
In the first official trailer featured above, distributor Paramount Pictures presents what is sure to be a titillating comedy of sordid behavior and professional indiscretions all around. Playing off of Aniston's presumed distaste for ill-themed holiday parties of the past, Bateman and the rest of his intrepid crew of business men and women are tasked with mounting an office Christmas party - while simultaneously towing the company line, and performing various intimated acts of preemptive damage control. It's like The Hangover, except it's their careers, not their relationships on the line.
Check out the official synopsis for Office Christmas Party below, implying that the movie actually will have a plot aside from all the alcohol-fueled hijinks:
"When the CEO tries to close her hard-partying brother’s branch, he and his Chief Technical Officer must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs."
Gordon and Speck might have their work cut out for them if they hope to provide the same kind of immediacy and charm possessed by the like-minded The Night Before from last year. In addition, Office Christmas Party will have the similarly themed Bad Santa 2 to contend with at the box office when the two films see theatrical release later this year.
Office Christmas Party appears to hold a lot of promise given its outstanding cast of lead actors and comic performers, but might yet have some trouble when it comes to delivering a studio comedy that will manage to withhold the fairly rudimentary premise that will serve as the bulk of the film's scripted narrative. Either way, here's to hoping that Gordon and Speck will have a real hit on their hands that manages to please fans of adult-oriented comedies everywhere.
Office Christmas Party will see theatrical release in the U.S. on December 9, 2016.