Terms such as ‘teeth-grindingly embarrassing’ have been bandied around since it arrived and from a certain point of view, I can agree, but let’s not forget what we were promised and question whether that was actually delivered. You knew what this was like before you saw it, if you’d seen the original, so if you’ve left the theatre wondering jut what the bloody hell that was, then why did you bother turning up in the first place? As I left my local cineplex last night, the general feeling seemed one of general bemusement, as I heard one young woman utter for example, “I can’t believe they actually got paid for that.”
After the events of the first film, the boys decide to start their own company with their product, The Shower Buddy, and no longer be at the behest of their previously terrible employers. This doesn’t stop them from showing up (for the most part) however, and without them, it may have not been worth watching at all, as with one thing and another, the boys end up having to arrange a kidnapping that starts as farcical and ends up as just plain ridiculous.
The general feeling is that this is getting away from everyone and as a story, it is a bit of a mess and ends up as something of a farce, a la Sex Tape. Awash with talent that is mostly under-performing, but doing just enough to warrant the paycheck. The funniest part of the whole movie was the gag reel in the closing credits that proves that the cast all really had a good time making the film, even if they didn’t appear to be taking their work ethic that seriously.
On the whole, you get pretty much what you expect from Horrible Bosses 2, which in itself is not a lofty goal to attain. You might get a bit of a giggle and even squirm uncomfortably in your seat on occasion due to the very frank attempts at lewdness, but depending on your point of view, it may just come across as cheap laughs from a cast that aren’t really trying that hard. As I have already mentioned, it could have been much worse. If we get another one, it may just be bordering on Scary Movie territory, so it might be an idea to stop right now.