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Published November 23rd 2014
Jennifer Aniston and Chris Pine have fun acting against type
The first installment of Horrible Bosses was a huge box office success, grossing more than £133 million ($209 million) worldwide in cinemas with its close to the knuckle gags on abuse and sexual harassment of three male buddies.
With an envious A list line-up, the black comedy saw the likeable trio of Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis plot to kill their overbearing bosses played by Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell and Kevin Spacey. There was even Jamie Foxx thrown in for good measure.
So, no pressure then for the sequel.
Horrible Bosses returns for a second installment
Now the friends return in Horrible Bosses 2 with a plot that isn't as dark as murder (it's kidnap instead) but the same buffoonery antics, exciting chemistry between the actors and an even bigger cast list of top drawer stars.
The sequel benefits from new additions of the hugely talented Christoph Waltz as well as Chris Pine, who goes against type to play one half of the extremely mean father and son team of cut-throat investors in our trio's new invention, the Shower Buddy.
Our likeable trio of Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis return in Horrible Bosses 2.
With these mean investors putting the trio's new venture at risk, they resort to take the matter into their own hands with a kidnap and ransom plot that sees them need to revisit characters from the first film.
But the hapless friends find that the scheme takes on a life of its own and quickly gets out of control with some tense moments that move it on to the verge of a thriller for a brief period.
Jennifer Aniston revels in the role of a sex addict dentist in Horrible Bosses 2.
There are plenty of double entendres, slapstick humour and silliness but what lifts this movie into a better than average mainstream US comedy is the sentimentality and excellent casting.
Jennifer Aniston and Chris Pine seem to relish going against type to become nasty caricatures, while Jason Bateman is a strong straight-man to the dumb and dumber elements of Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis.
Actor Christoph Waltz doesn't disappoint either. Despite not having much screen time, he steals every scene he is in, naturally sending a chill down your spine with every word.
More A list stars in the sequel - Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine
As in similar male bonding films The Hangover and Due Date, at the heart of this comedy is the "buddy" element. It's the ultimate feel-good factor that despite all the scrapes you go through, your friends won't let you down - and director Sean Anders hasn't let the audience down either.
He's come up with a sound sequel that doesn't disappoint but doesn't bring anything new either. It gives you just what it says on the tin.
Horrible Bosses 2
Release Date: November 28 (UK)
Director: Sean Anders
Running Time: 108 mins
You'll like this if you liked: The Hangover, We're The Millers, Due Date, Ted.