If trying to murder your badly behaved boss was a bad idea (Horrible Bosses, 2011), one would think kidnapping his badly behaved son should count as even worse. However, this is after Nick (Bateman), Kurt (Sudeikis) and Dale (Day) have just turned down an offer of $3 million for their idea of a shower gadget that dispenses soap, shampoo and conditioner. So you can’t really them count in the category of smart thinkers.
However, films such as these don’t rest on the back of good ideas but how you execute them. Last time, Nick, Kurt and Dale, well assisted by Spacey, Colin Farrell and Aniston for bosses, had done well for themselves. So well in fact that not only is there this sequel with basically the same jokes but with not even technically bosses to dump genuine grouses on.
In Horrible Bosses 2, soon after they have come up with the gadget idea, Nick, Kurt and Dale are cheated out of it by the still sentence-chewing Waltz, who is an immigrant of indeterminate descent who has made it very, very big in America. For some reason the business magnate has also managed to produce an all-American son, Rex (Pine), who likes his father’s money but not his father’s opinion of him. From whatever little we see of Rex’s life, he also lives very well and treats his help very shabbily.
So Nick, Kurt and Dale decide to kidnap Rex, to get their money from his dad. Rex proves smarter and wants in on the money himself, and soon is running the kidnapping show even as the three others bumble into one mess after another and try ineffectually to get out of it. Spacey’s Dave mostly barks at them from behind jail bars while Aniston and Foxx re-enact their roles. Aniston’s Julia, accused of sexual harassment by Dale last time, is again inhibition-less in how she goes after the men.
There are a lot of risque jokes, plenty of abusive language and a plot that seems suspiciously like it was made up as the film went along. However, there are many good moments too, and mainly because of Aniston and its three lead actors, who make stupid look genuinely funny as well as funnily genuine.