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Review: ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ isn’t about bosses at all

Tribune-Review
| Tuesday, November 25, 2014 9:00 p.m
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Charlie O'Day (from left), Jason Sudeikis and Jason Bateman star in 'Horrible Bosses 2.'
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Warner Bros.
Jason Sudeikis (from left), Jason Bateman, Charlie O'Day and Jennifer Anitson star in 'Horrible Bosses 2.'
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Warner Bros.
Charlie O'Day and Jennifer Anitson star in 'Horrible Bosses 2.'

Your enjoyment of “Horrible Bosses 2” is almost wholly dependent on your tolerance for clusters of funny actors, babbling, riffing, screeching — all at once.

It isn’t about bosses at all this time. Those poor working schlubs Nick, Kurt and Dale are still getting stiffed. As bad at it as they were the last time around, these clowns still think revenge will taste sweet.

We catch up with the trio as they’re pitching their new gadget, the “Shower Buddy.”

They’re pursued by a home-shopping mogul — Chris Pine — and then that mogul’s dad (Christoph Waltz). They are out-maneuvered and stand to lose their start-up company. So, naturally the two dummies (Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis) start talking revenge, with the more-sane Nick (Jason Bateman) trying to talk them out of it.

They’ll kidnap the son, ransom him to the dad and collect enough cash to save their company from the very guy trying to steal it. All this setup is handled in a rush, just enough time for Pine to come off as a preening punk and Waltz as a smiler with a knife.

The guys have to cross paths with the survivors of “Horrible Bosses.” Start with Kevin Spacey’s hilarious ex-boss/now-inmate, and they check in with the colorfully named thug Jamie Foxx brought to life. And then there’s the sex-crazed dentist played by Jennifer Aniston.

The plot — packed with coincidences both explained and glossed over — doesn’t withstand any scrutiny. But the original cast is still funny, with Spacey and Foxx flirting with hilarious.

As the film is thin on themes and gags, there’s a big car-chase finale and an indifferently amusing collection of outtakes over the closing credits, where Bateman finally breaks his deadpan and Sudeikis finally comes off as clever.

Roger Moore reviews movies for Tribune News Service.

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