Saturday, May 30, 2015

Random Movie: 22 Jump Street (2014)


As Nick Offerman’s character says in 22 Jump Street, no one gave a shit about the “Jump Street reboot” but it did well enough to be brought back again. Only everyone wants the exact same thing. Fortunately, this movie is smarter than to retread standard sequel ground.

After a illegal goods bust gone bad, Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill) are reassigned back to the Jump Street project, still under the direction of the angry black captain Dickson played by Ice Cube, to go undercover to college and investigate a new synthetic drug. Everyone emphasizes that Schmidt and Jenko are to do the exact same thing to crack the case.

Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller know well enough that standard sequel shenanigans won’t cut it after the meta-infused original that skewered the idea of Hollywood recycling and unoriginal ideas. As such, Lord and Miller turn their attention to the notion of second outings, and their built-in expectations of more of the first film but just enough to make it new.

On that front, 22 Jump Street is basically a copy of the original except with new jokes and emphasis on second films instead of remakes. But whereas the first film was largely centered around the pairing and partnership of Schmidt and Jenko, this film breaks down that partnership as the two gravitate toward different friends and social circles. Jenko is almost immediately accepted into the jock community after an impressive showing at football tryouts and, try as he might, Schmidt cannot keep up with that lifestyle and instead falls in with the angsty art kids.

But while the formula of the film isn’t largely different from its predecessor, Lord and Miller are fully aware of this and throw enough at the screen to make up. Everything from acclimating to college life, to those aforementioned angsty art kids, to pledging fraternities are showcased and lampooned all while driving the story of a dead college student and rampant drug use. In a more conservative movie, there might be a social message about the dangers of drinking in excess or drugs but there is no time for that in a Jump Street movie as the duo get into just about everything teens are warned of for the sake of a few dozen laughs.

The most important “message,” if you can even call it that in Jump Street Part Deux is of the relationship between Schmidt and Jenko as they drift away under the weight of other obligations and self-identity. But of course, at the end Jenko realizes his bro-mate Zook (Wyatt Russell) does not offer the same fulfillment he gets from Schmidt and Schmidt realizes the same from his group. And they come together to catch the bad guys and save the day, all through either incompetence or brute force depending on what is necessary.

But enough about story and messages and all that jazz since for all the self-realized limitations this sequel has against it, it delivers plenty of genuine laughs likely through just improv and screwing around on the set, especially between the leads (Tatum here continues to prove that he is far more talented than he gets credit for) and from breakout Jillian Bell whose jokes at Schmidt’s expense (and his crows’ feet). Unlike the majority of comedies that have a 5:1 ratio of jokes that fall flat to those that land, Jump Street fires on all cylinders, even through the end credits.

Friday, May 29, 2015

M. Night Wants to Suck on TV with 'Unbreakable'


Unbreakable was a modest success for director M. Night Shyamalan after his genuinely good (remember when that was true) debut and now, Night longs to bring it to TV.

Speaking with IGN, Shyamalan expresses interest in continuing the saga of undercover superheroes (note: I haven’t seen this movie in forever) saying. “as a way continue the story, yes. That would [interest me].”

We here at Movie Scum are strongly in favor of the shift to great, truncated TV dramas but are hesitant that M. Night (regardless of whatever acclaim his recent show Wayward Pines is getting) should be allowed anywhere near the same medium as The Good Wife, Game of Thrones, or Breaking Bad.

And let us not forget that he directed The Happening. And The Last Airbender. And After Earth. And ...

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Guide to Upcoming Summer Movies: San Andreas


San Andreas: Opening May 29

The Good: Disaster movies are fun, especially when they take place (like they seem to do the majority of the time) on the West Coast full of granola-crunching hippies singing Kumbaya (note: I’ve never been further west than Ohio). Disaster movies these days are also good for mediocre special effects showing the complete destruction of iconic areas and landmarks and San Andreas looks no different. But if anyone can take on the mother of all earthquakes, it’s The Rock with sidekick Carla Gugino.

The Bad: Let’s be honest though. The disaster movie genre of the 70s is long gone and it took with it any sense of characterization or possible realism. San Andreas is a Hollywood producer’s wet dream with big blockbustin’ stars, action, effects ... the whole nine yards. And boy, does it show it in every single trailer or TV spot I’ve seen for this with the crumbling buildings, massive chasms in the ground and a 100’ tidal wave that The Rock(!) powers a speedboat over. Also, Paul Giamatti spouting exposition. I’m sure that’ll be riveting.

The Prognostication: Shake, rattle, & roll straight to the bargain bin at Wal-Mart with 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, and every other contemporary disaster flick.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Hulk to Wants Prove Himself Expendable


Aside from a voice-over role in Gnomeo and Juliet and an assuredly special episode of Walker, Texas Ranger, Hulk Hogan has mostly kept his hijinks in the fake ring of professional wrestling. Will that be changing soon?

Not since Hogan and Tiny ‘Zeus’ Lister faced off with the smarmy assistant from Ghostbusters 2 in No Holds Barred have I been as excited about The Hulk appearing against a bunch of wrinkle-faced mutants (Gremlins 2 not withstanding). The Hulk confirms talks with Sylvester Stallone about appearing in the presumably forthcoming Expendables 4 as the villainous villain who no doubt will kill and maim and bring our rag-tag team of Expendables (and maybe -belles) together.

Considering The Rock is likely a good twenty years away from taking this role, Hogan seems like a good fit. I just hope they can find a suitable stunt man.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Random Movie: White Rabbit (2013)


In a grim look a at teenager’s life, White Rabbit shows that some people are born to be hunters and some are molded that way.

Tim McCann’s film is at times not predicable and at others you can completely see everything unfold. Beginning with Harlon (Nick Krause) as a boy whose father eggs him into killing a trapped white rabbit and jumping forward through the years to show the systematic abuse he suffers from classmates, teachers, and even his own drug-addled and drunk father, it is clear that Harlon is not emotionally stable. Couple this with his obsession with a comic book that he speaks to, Harlon has little in his life of note with the exception of Steve, a younger boy also forced to suffer at the hands of society.

Things begin to get better when Harlon meets Julie (Britt Robertson), a new transplant into his high school who has issues of her own but the two forge a bond and almost a relationship through alcohol, drugs, and shooting guns in the small town. Soon though, Julie is gone, Steve is gone, and Harlon has no one to turn to except the comic book voices in his head telling him to fight back and stand up for himself. Eventually, Harlon does but sadly not in a productive way.

While McCann and writer Anthony Di Pietro go out of their way to show the influences and build-up to Harlon’s transformation from meek child to troubled youth, the transformation itself is handled rather sloppily. There are turning points and ongoing arcs in his story, but Harlon begins the film in one state and ends in a completely different with only a few pit stops along the way, nothing to note such a marked change.

Maybe that is intentional; maybe that is life. It feels however that the film skips a few beats in solidifying that journey only for it to spring up whenever needed.

Technically however, this is a sound film with excellent direction (not so much editing) by McCann as he solicits good performances from Krause especially through his different phases. Also noteworthy is Ryan Lee’s Steve who isn’t in the film much but factors in greatly for Harlon.

As the ending draws near and all the pieces are laid, you wonder if things will play out the way they look to. And for all intents and purposes they do as Harlon finally breaks. A weirdly ambiguous ending though (complete with dialogue from the titular beast, not unlike one Donnie Darko) almost undercuts the gut punch of the finale but I’ll let that slide.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Comic Fandom Goes Amuck


If you weren’t aware, there is a new Fantastic Four film coming out this summer. By all accounts (and certainly by previous output), it will suck. But it will not be because of race.

Michael B. Jordan plays the Human Torch (aka The Flamer) in the newest adaptation of Marvel’s iconic comic series that so far has registered a big fat zero on the interest scale of Puck’s movie watching. This one was really no different, not for race or changing of the villain to a blogger or anything of that nature, but because I don’t really care.

Some people really do care though.

In case you have never seen Chronicle, Jordan is black. The Human Torch in his comic form is white. This has apparently caused much consternation for people.

On one hand no doubt, you have comic book purists who would would rather flamboyantly set themselves on fire than have any deviation from their precious source material. They are idiots and lonely and have nothing to hang to other than seeing big screen adventures of small scale comics to their expectations, everyone else be damned.

On the other hand though, you have racists. And racists suck.

Jordan has seemed to take the criticism in stride much to his benefit. Because for either of these groups there is nothing to satisfy their supremely important need to have a role in a film filled by an actor of a particular color. And Jordan has the right idea.

Screw them.

We are knee-deep in comic-book adaptions at this point that bring big box office but also bring much to do about a dropped story line or lack of characterization or whatever the case may be. If Quicksilver or the Scarlet Witch don’t have enough screen-time, someone is upset. If Batman acts out of character, it’s not genuine and it should be thrown on the fire like that damn Catwoman movie from yore.

Unlike original ideas with no preconceived notions, adaptations have those notions loaded on by the truckload for “fans” to complain about when their expectations aren’t met.

But Jordan is a black actor. He is playing a role that was previously (in print and film) played by a caucasian which for some reason automatically disregards anything new and fresh that might be brought to the role and this lackluster franchise to begin with.

Fandom is interesting. But it can also be damaging, hurtful, and just plain stupid. Let me be clear. I believe the new Fantastic Four movie will be lousy because that property does not seem to translate well to cinema. Will it be because of Jordan? From what I’ve seen, not at all.

But regardless, I implore to anyone who is a fervent fan of Fantastic Four, don’t blame your series shortcomings on one actor you happened to pick out.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Theater Scum: The Ghosts of Tomorrow

One’s a low-cost remake of an 80s classic while the other’s a big-budget original tale. Who will win?

Tomorrowland


Having only skimmed advance reviews, I still have little idea what Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland is about save for George Clooney being a curmudgeon and a magical pin that transports Britt Robertson to the titular place. Of that skimming though, I took away that Bird may have been better off taking over the Star Wars Franchise.

Verdict: Live Another Day



Poltergeist


Some might say this is an unnecessary remake (and they’re probably right), but the fact is that kids born prior to the 90s aren’t scared by static on TV anymore than they know what a stinkin’ CRT TV looks like. Some of the scenes shown thus far look good but the whole affair seems to hem quite closely to the original (and still very effective original).

Verdict: Just another reel on the cinematic Indian burial ground of needless remakes.

George Romero Brings More Zombies to TV


The only film director more past his prime than Kevin Smith, George Romero, will have his groaning, shuffling corpse of relevance displayed on weekly TV.

Romero, fresh off the disappointments of his last several zombie movies, apparently turned to Marvel to create ‘Empire of the Dead,’ a story which features humans, zombies, and vampires for some reason all vying for control or social issues or some nonsense. And according to Variety, it will be joining the growing party of the undead on weekly broadcast.

No word yet on how much it will suck.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

'Transformers' Cinematic Universe Officially a Thing; Has Writers


In spite of the rumor* that all the Transformers films thus far have been impromptu sketches from the mind of Michael Bay, there actually were credited writers on each and every one. Now their are more writers who get the renowned prestige of listing Transformers on their resume.

Variety reports that the threatened Transformers spin-offs and sequels have found writers ranging from The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman to at least four other action writers not currently attached to scribe a Marvel film.

Perhaps it is best that Paramount is going this thoroughly asinine way of expanding the Transformers universe to finally fulfill either the prophecy of End of Times or a public saturation of robot-based racial and testicle jokes. One of the two has to be the result.

*I made up this rumor. But it tracks.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Theater Scum: The Pitch is Mad

One for the kids ... one for the slightly more grown kids.

Pitch Perfect 2


When 2012’s Pitch Perfect opened, it was a modest hit but with tremendous staying power thanks in no part to that damn Cups song. But now Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson are back in a ‘Bring It On’ style dance off after being booted from their competition. Will they succeed? Will Rebel Wilson steal the show again? Will there be another damn song that somehow is still popular a year after the movie premieres?

Verdict: Please no more Cups!



Mad Max: Fury Road


We’ve already covered this one before but guns! Explosions! Tom Hardy! George Miller returning to his roots after some questionable directorial affairs like Babe and Happy Feet!

Verdict: It’s Tom Hardy! Of course it’ll be badass.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

What Else From the 90's Can Be Remade?


According to Comingsoon.net, the Fairuza Balk & Neve Campbell scorcher The Craft is next on the reboot chopping block. Add in a remake of She’s All That, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and a TV revival of the series Scream, there seems to be little else to remake from just fifteen years ago.

And yet, still no word on a remake for Urban Legend. I wonder about the world sometimes.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

'28 Months Later' May Be Happening


In his interview with Indiewire, 28 Days Later writer Alex Garland may have come up with another sequel following the not-quite-zombie exodus from England to the rest of Europe.

“In that conversation, an idea for ‘28 Months’ arrived. I had a sort of weird idea that popped into my head. Partly because of a trip I’d taken. I had this thought, and I suggested it to Andrew [Macdonald] and Danny, but I also said I don’t want to work on it. I don’t really want to play a role, and Andrew said, ‘Leave it to me.’ So he’s gone off and is working on it.”

Considering the first film was a powerhouse of man versus nature-ish as well as emphasizing the brutality of human nature, the sequel, 28 Weeks Later which Garland was not directly involved in was a laugh-fest of poor decisions and questionable plot points.

Here’s to hoping the next one gets it right in the quasi-zombie and/or infected saga.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

'The Fugitive' Is Fleeing Once More


Not willing to let a 22-year-old sleeping dog lie, Warner Brothers is kicking up the old pooch for another installment of 1993’s The Fugitive. No word yet on any returning players including the incredible old duo of Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones according to Deadline.

Considering the original Fugitive started as a TV series back in the 60s, was turned into a film of the same title in ‘93, was followed by the forgettable U.S. Marshalls sequel in 1998, and then repurposed again into a TV show in the early 2000s, I suspect we’ll see another half-dozen sequels and TV adaptations before we all succumb to death by the one-armed man.

A Guide to Upcoming Summer Blockbusters: Mad Max: Fury Road


Mad Max: Fury Road: Opening May 15

The Good: Tom Hardy. Charlize Theron. Original director George Miller. Lots of car chases and explosions. The trailers look absolutely insane filled with completely over-the-top violence and grungy people.

The Bad: This is a reported straight sequel to the series started in 1979 and typically, franchises with long gaps in between films tend to not be too well regarded. Given that Mad Mel Gibson is way too old and way too crazy to reprise his role, it may or may not be a good thing that Hardy is taking over. But then again, Ol’ Mel spouting anti-semantic rants while chasing makeshift dune buggies could be an interesting watch.

The Prognostication: It’ll be crazy and action-packed. But other than the completely insane trailers and TV spots that have been released, would there really be much of an interest for a thirty-year-old series? We’ll see but I don’t expect it to trump Avengers in it’s third weekend.

Discussion: What’s One Movie That Everyone Has Seen?


Back before the rise of hundreds of cable channels catering to every niche, no matter how small or stupid, and instant video options that put dozens (DOZENS!) of top movies only a click away, it seemed that we all were, more or less, on the same page for our entertainment input.

Between the top TV shows which averaged more viewers than a few networks combined get now to the big box office films that were showed edited and punctuated with commercials, the world was a much simpler place.

This weekend, as I read an article from The AV Club which kindly name dropped #pbf’s favorite film, Weekend at Bernie’s, along with its wretched sequel, I began to wonder how pervasive were films twenty years ago compared to now. It feels like everyone over the age of 25 has seen Weekend at Bernie’s or Die Hard simply because they were played ad nauseum on HBO or NBC. But it doesn’t seem as easy for a film to have that penetration anymore with so many different entertainment venues. I even begrudgingly know people who still haven’t seen The Dark Knight!

I can’t think of another movie that has as much broad appeal as Jurassic Park. It has action, suspense, kid empowerment, and even Jeff Goldblum! Sprawling sci-fi films like Star Wars have a built-in detractor base and overly serious films like Schindler’s List are arguably not the best material for young kids to watch. Any better ideas?

*Everybody refers to people with taste. Not those who have elevated garbage attractions like Justin Bieber into the zeitgeist. Hence, under 20 year olds are disqualified.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies (So Far) Ranked


Iron Man 2 (2010)
Even with the addition of Sam Rockwell and the introduction of Black Widow, Iron Man 2 feels less like a complete film and more of just a teaser that just happens to star Robert Downey, Jr.

Thor: The Dark World (2013)
I swear I saw this film and for the life of me cannot remember anything plot-wise about it. I do know Idris Elba gets more to do and Rene Russo gets ... well less. Another filler movie in the MCU.

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Granted, without the First Avenger, Captain America’s arc from a bullied kid from Brooklyn to the figurehead of the most powerful country of the world and his sacrifice means nothing. But this was still an odd movie, both in scope, in cannon with the rest of the films, and in the wonky plot structure.

The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Even though Edward Norton was recast for The Avengers, his Bruce Banner carried a low-lying intensity with a human touch that comes in handy when the Green Giant with purple shorts starts rampaging. Add in decent performances by Tim Roth and William Hurt, and this Hulk isn’t as worthless as it might be proposed.

Thor (2011)
Thor is a wonderful introduction to the beautiful world of Asgard and to the sibling-rivalry that will come to a head in Avengers. While the stakes aren’t too particularly high, it showcases a wonderful chemistry between Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman and a good does of Marvel-brand humor. Add in my beloved Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins and you can almost ignore director Kenneth Branaugh’s weird dutch-angle shots.

Iron Man 3 (2013)
Iron Man 3 got a lot of crap when it premiered for many reasons: Tony is MIA for a good chunk of the movie, he spends his time with a scrappy young sidekick, the whole Mandarin debacle. But for writer/director Shane Black to step in to not only give us his Christmas motifs as well as taking a more psychological look at Tony after the events of The Avengers, it pays off nicely. For those pissed about Mandarin, so be it.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
While my full review is coming, I can both agree and disagree with all the salient criticisms of this film. While I did not feel it to be overly long, there are many plot points dropped although, too many cooks in the Avengers kitchen, and the over reliance on Stark’s arrogance to protect the world with little to no thought of the consequences. All in all, it is a fine film (admittedly not as good as the first for a plethora of reasons) but it does it’s job of showing superheros save the world effortlessly with much snark and banter between them.

Iron Man (2008)
Yes, this is the film that started it all. Prior to its release, I couldn’t tell you who Iron Man was or why he was so popular. But kudos to director Jon Favreau for creating a origin story that does not bore everyone to tears and single-handly set the tone for the rest of the MCU going forward, with the help no less from the excellently cast Downey, Jr.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
The Winter Soldier puts to rest the old argument that “comic book movies” are all the same as it merely features Captain America but also his disillusionment with S.H.I.E.L.D. and their way of doing business at whatever cost. It is less a superhero movie and more of a political conspiracy tale that just happens to star a 70 year-old man injected with super serum. Given that the Russo brothers, who directed this, have been tapped as the driving force between the MCU going forward, I feel in good hands.

The Avengers (2012)
I’ve already written plenty on The Avengers but needless to say, this is a blockbuster that (good or bad) has influence in just about everything else we have or will see coming up. For such a lengthy movie, all the right piece fit together to make it an excellent way to kill a couple of hours.

TV is the New Theater ... Or Something


Many have proclaimed this period to be the “golden age of television,” and with high-caliber, expertly done shows like The Good Wife, Game of Thrones, and Big Bang Theory, they may be right. But what does this upcoming season’s crop of new series show? Rather than recycling ideas for movies, they are now being recycled for TV.

Case in point, by my count (and granted I might have missed a few), there are no fewer than four (4!) old movie properties re-purposed for weekly consumption by the masses. Let’s take a look at CBS’s upcoming show based on when Chris Tucker had a viable career.

Rush Hour -
“A stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer is assigned to a case in Los Angeles where he’s forced to work with a cocky African-American LAPD officer who has no interest in a partner.” Stars Justin Hires, Jon Foo,Aimee Garcia and Wendie Malick.
Sign me up for more fish-out-of-water shenanigans with a clueless foreign detective and a loud-mouth know-it-all. I give it a 13 episode run with at least 6 of those burned off.

Uncle Buck -
Uncle Buck (Mike Epps) is a fun loving but irresponsible guy who needs a job and a place to stay. By happy coincidence, his nieces and nephew’s Nanny has just quit and his brother and sister-in-law need his help. His unconventional personality just may make him the right fit for the family and they may be the answer to his problems, too.
Let us remember that Mike Epps was the two-bit replacement for Chris Tucker in the Friday sequels. Let us also remember that this series was produced without the approval from John Hughes’ estate. Will the racial dynamics really make that much of a difference or will this be another series about a man-boy who barely manages to not kill children by negligent homicide. Let’s call this one a mid-season one and done.

Limitless -
“A drama based on the 2011 feature. The series follows Brian Finch as he discovers the power of the mysterious drug NZT, and is coerced into using his newfound drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI.” Stars Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.
A TV show based on a Bradley Cooper movie. That is also a procedural. And it will be airing on CBS. I call a full season pickup for this one.

Minority Report -
Minority Report is based on the Steven Spielberg film of the same name, which starred Tom Cruise. Envisioned as a continuation of that film’s storyline, the series — which counts Spielberg among the executive producers — picks up ten years, “after the end of Precrime in DC when one of the three Precogs (Stark Sands) struggles to lead a normal human life, but remains haunted by visions the future, when he meets a detective haunted by her past (Meagan Good) who just may help him find a purpose to his gift.” Max Borenstein (Godzilla) wrote the pilot.
Yawn. Isn’t this just Person of Interest with a different title? (Note, I have not seen Minority Report or Person of Interest). A predict a half-season before the pre-cogs take it out.

In fact, when was the last time a successful live action TV show was based on a movie? I’ll give you Fargo and my beloved Terminator: Sarah Conner Chronicles but aside from that, this course of action seems doomed to fail.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Random Movie: Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)


If my contention is correct in that the original Horrible Bosses will stand the comedic test of time much like Office Space or the original Vacation, Horrible Bosses 2 will fall to the wayside as a film that tries too hard to recreate the original with a lot more stuff that falls flat.

Our heroic trio of Nick, Kurt, and Dale are back together after the shenanigans of the last film but have set out to become their own bosses with an invention that is so convoluted that it must be a best-seller in airline malls and TV infomercials. Their ‘Shower Buddy’ quickly catches the attention of Bert and Rex Hansen, proprietors of a mega mail-order catalog who set them up for a large order with the backing of a generous bank to fund their enterprise. Unsurprisingly, Bert (the wonderfully sociopathic Christoph Waltz) pulls the order at the last minute, leaving our trio pissed off and scrambling to save their fledgling business.

Yes, Bert and Rex are the titular horrible bosses this time around. But instead of deciding to murder them, the gang decides to kidnap the son, Rex, and hold him for ransom for the money it will take to save the company. Given that the three leads couldn’t pull off a relatively simple act as murder the last time around, I’ll let you guess as to how the kidnapping plan goes. (SPOILER ALERT: It goes horribly).

The main attraction of the first film was the dynamic relationship between Jason Bateman, Jason Sudekis, and Charlie Day and that extends here as well. But while the first film had a pretty straightforward through-line from plan to execution, a lot of Horrible Bosses 2 is just the three thrown into wacky and wildly drawn-out sequences of bickering and incompetence. The fellows even admit early in the film that murder wasn’t their bag but kidnapping is totally within their comfort wheelhouse. Supposedly.

While the core cast still has a solid chemistry and the new arrivals of Chris Pine and Waltz add some much needed differentiation, Horrible Bosses 2 is a mere carbon copy of the first with the added bonus (?) of more of them dicking around and busting each others balls with no real point otherwise. Unlike before, scenes are extended painfully long with little added to the actual narrative.

Granted, some of these scenes are actually funny, especially with Bateman becoming exasperated at the other two for using his name over the radio in a covert operation but these moments do little to serve the story, only delaying the story we know is coming given the players involved. Of course, much was made of the fact that the previous horrible bosses in Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey would be returning (poor Colin Farrell since he could have livened things up a bit) but they ultimately don’t add much to the story.

Unsurprisingly, things work out in the end for the gang (more or less) while the bosses get their comeuppance but the journey there is certainly not fulfilling since we could see it coming anyways and the horrible bosses seemed more of an after thought this time around, put on the backburner by how many sexual explicit or gross-out jokes can be made this time around.