Horrible Bosses 2 is well, horrible. I really liked the first movie. The interaction of the lead actors was snappy, filled with excellent improvisation, and the conversation built to a conclusion, goofy or otherwise.
Horrible Bosses 2 has some of this kind of interaction, but all to often the discussions among the characters played by Charlie Day, Jason Bateman, and Jason Sudeikis just happens. It usually breaks down into Charlie Day yelling a lot, and the other actors trying to yell over him. I winced a few times as Day’s voice served as a cheese grater in my ears as the movie progressed.
The first time around Jennifer Aniston was a delight, her take on the extremely sexual dentist was hysterical. Especially since it was so against the norm of her usual roles. The way she plays the role in Horrible Bosses 2, it is as if the writers handed her pages of the script on an hourly basis with the intent to see how much shock value could be brought to screen. There is a fine line with sarcastic, sexually based humor, and they writers go way over the top with the character.
The rest of the cast is underused, with the script failing them a majority of the time.
For just a few laughs, 1 star – not a Hitting A Mark recommendation.