Director: Sean Anders
Cast: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day
Release Date: Own it today on Blu-Ray Combo Pack, DVD & Digital HD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 7.5/10
Disc Rating: 8.5/10
Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day) and Kurt (Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business in “Horrible Bosses 2.” But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company.
Friends Nick (Bateman), Kurt (Sudeikis) and Dale (Day) have finally accomplished what they set out to do, they no longer have three horrid bosses to put up with on a regular basis just to get by in life, in fact they are now their own bosses. The trio has invented a new tool dubbed ‘The Shower Buddy’ which they are fortunate enough to promote on a local morning TV show. When one of the biggest men in the industry offers to put in a good word for them on a loan in addition to placing an enormous initial order, they rent out a warehouse location and get into full on production mode, assuming they are finally on their way to making it big. Unfortunately after completing production on the order they discover that it was all merely a ploy for this already filthy rich businessman to get even richer by screwing them over and stealing their idea. Desperate and with no other options, they revert to their drastic ways and since attempting murder didn’t work out too well for them last time, they decide to try their luck at kidnapping this time around.
Sean Anders (‘That’s My Boy’ & ‘Sex Drive’) takes over as director (and also co-writes) for the sequel and he does a pretty solid job at the helm this time around, appearing to have no problem whatsoever guiding this solid follow-up quite admirably. The cast is once again compiled of numerous talented and funny individuals both returning and new. Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day naturally reprise the three lead roles and are all fantastic once again, with fellow returning cast members Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx joining in the fun again too, along with newcomers to the series Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine among others; Pine without question making the most notable new addition here, delivering a truly hilarious performance.
‘Horrible Bosses 2’ is a pretty great sequel that holds up with the original, delivering hilarious fun from start to end and featuring quite the collection of talented individuals making up the cast once again. It also manages to do what so many comedy sequels fail to even attempt, let alone accomplish; it doesn’t follow the previous film step by step and merely repeat itself with a few refreshed jokes, it actually takes a (mostly) new angle for a premise and manages to not only keep the whole thing feeling fairly new and fresh but also succeeds in keeping it similar in tone and feel to the first. If you were a fan of the first film, I would very highly recommend checking out (or even a pretty safe blind) ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ as you will surely not be disappointed by this hilariously fun sequel, and if you haven’t had the pleasure of either of these movies before, I would highly recommend giving both a shot.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.4:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty great, delivering an overall clean, crisp and detailed picture in pretty much every regard. The colors are rich and vibrant and everything looks spot-on and fantastic as a whole with no noise, artifacts or other noticeable issues present throughout; a top notch high definition video presentation that should have most folks more than satisfied.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack does a more than capable job with exactly what it’s tasked to do. The surround channels are utilized on occasion for music and random moments that find ways to take advantage of them, although the majority of the activity tends to be focused to the center channel (which is certainly no surprise for a comedy) and the dialogue is always crisp, clear and more than audible at all times throughout. This 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack may not be incredibly active or notable but it holds up in every aspect required of it and shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ includes a number of fun bonus goodies. Included on the release is ‘Endless Laughter Guaranteed’ which runs approximately 17 minutes in length and takes a look Behind the Scenes at all of the fun and laughter occurring on set when this team of goofballs gets together. Also included are a number of goofy ‘spoof’ commercials and/or videos from the world of the film. These include: ‘Let the Sexual Healing Begin’; ‘Who Invented the Shower Buddy?’; ‘Nick Kurt Dale INC: Employee Testimonials’ and ‘It’s the Shower Buddy – Infomercial’. Next we have ‘High Speed Crash Course’ (running just shy of 3 minutes) which takes a look Behind the Scenes of the car chase, and last but not least we are treated to ‘Off the Cuff: One-Liners You Didn’t See’ which features more than 10 segments with hilarious moments that didn’t quite make the final cut and they run between a minute and two minutes each.
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