Look, I intentionally don’t review a lot of comedies here. And that’s for a lot of reasons: (1) Everyone’s tastes in comedy is different, more than say action or horror movies. Just look at Deadpool. Most reviewers really liked it but plenty didn’t go for its style of humor. (2) It’s tough to review a comedy without spoilers and describing the jokes without context isn’t really worth it anyway. (3) There just aren’t that many great comedies coming out now. My expectations in new comedy releases have dropped so low that I find myself giving the movies a higher rating than they probably deserve.
So let me be clear, Horrible Bosses didn’t do it for me. Plenty of people out there will like its humor and find it worth the time but I wish I’d used my day off on almost any other movie. I say almost because I recently watched Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and that is about as bad as it gets for me. I vaguely remember liking the first Horrible Bosses which I imagine was because of Charlie Day and the work by Kevin Spacey and Colin Farrel as two of the bosses. In the sequel the three main characters feel more like individual comedians than a trio and that doesn’t help the film maintain momentum. You can only watch Charlie Day get excited so many times or Jason Sudeikis act cooler than everyone else on screen before it gets tiresome. Which is not to say that the people involved aren’t all hilarious on their own. The problem is that the film does not coalesce all these talents and people seem to be doing their own thing. This is a major problem that besets most comedy sequels. How do you bring back all the great things from the original without making things stale? Too often the solution for action movies is simple: more explosions. It’s not that easy in comedies. Hopefully some of the other comedies in the Sequelthon will solve this question. No matter how hard it tries, Horrible Bosses 2 does not have the answer.