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“On average, spending time with your boss is consistently rated as the least pleasurable activity in a given day.”

  – Tom Rath

When last we left Nick, Kurt and Dale, they had escaped the clutches of their horrible bosses and their machinations. Now they have left their jobs to do what many wish they could – become their own bosses.

The trio have developed an invention that could make them rich – The Shower Buddy! It is one thing to have an incredible invention, but its a whole other thing entirely to have the capital to manufacture it.

After a less than promising showcase on a local morning show, the three doubt that investors will want to get in on the action. Mind you it’s not because of the invention (which is very promising), but more because of how their lewd antics on the show may be perceived.

Well as the saying goes “even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then”. They end up drawing the interest of Bert Hanson, who makes them a generous offer for a sizable order since he wants this product to be sold in his very popular catalog.

They take out a loan to get the business staffed and running, and even get the massive order done early. This is beginning to look like a promising beginning for Nick, Kurt, and Dale. However, there is another saying – “if it seems to good to be true, it probably is”.

Hanson backs out of the order revealing how he intends to acquire their product for pennies on the dollar when the bank auctions all the units off to recoup part of the loan it made to the inept trio.

Deep in debt and with no basis for legal action, a little revenge may be in order. Of course these three are no strangers to the revenge game, but they did learn that murder is not their forte.

So, what do the three revenge seekers decide would be their best option? They could kidnap Bert’s son Rex and get enough money to pay off the loan and save their company. But what the hell do they know about kidnapping? Nothing, but that’s no problem when you know somebody like Dean “MFer” Jones, who’ll soon become their kidnapping consultant.

As you may expect they fumble their way into the kidnapping, and find out that their hostage is more than happy to be in on it due to his own agenda.

Not only was this movie “laugh out loud” funny, I am willing to say it’s funnier than the first. I really liked the original, but this one makes it look like a dress rehearsal. The chemistry between Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day has only gotten better. Their exchanges seem very organic and banter more natural, allowing the dialogue to flow more fluidly and making the realism of their exchanges absolutely uncanny.

It also helps that even though there is a new source of antagonism we still have some old favorites that return to add to the torment. Obviously not Bobby Pellitt…lets face it, there’s not enough cocaine on earth to jump-start his bullet riddled corpse.

Of course Jamie Foxx continues to suck at negotiating and giving advice as “MFer” Jones, but he continues to excel at coaxing laughs from the audience.

Jennifer Aniston, as Julia, is even more inappropriate and funnier as she still has her sights on bedding down Dale, and this time we get to find out why.

Kevin Spacey is a bitter–less than helpful, and absolutely hilarious–little pill as David Harken. He is more venomous than the first time around, but boy does he look dashing with his three-day beard and brown prison jump suit.

Christoph Waltz was likeably unlikable as Bert Hanson…if that’s even possible. I think it’s because he pulls of being despicable in a beautiful and often comic fashion, because of the sincerity in his portrayal of such a character. Don’t take my word for it, just ask his little friends…both named Oscar.

Chris Pine was a new source of zany and kinetic energy as Bert’s entitled douche bag son, Rex. He may be handsome, brash and cocky, but he still holds his own very well in the humor department….so much he nearly steals a few scenes.

While the story has similarities to the original, it doesn’t come off as a stale carbon copy. It may expand on earlier jokes, but doesn’t just try to retell them. I get the idea that the reason that the jokes come off so well is because they actually, make the cast laugh.

Judging by the outtakes in the credits the cast are given some creative license with the material to see what works best. Often times the cast are seen cracking each other up, and to me it’s a good sign to see the cast laughing at the material.

The cast’s timing is seriously on target, and that is absolutely imperative when it comes to good comedy. It never seemed as if they were trying to force any material, because frankly they didn’t have too. One of the moments in the movie that made me laugh the hardest had NO dialogue at all.

During a “lull” in a car chase “MFer”, Nick, Kurt, and Dale wait in their car on the other side of train tracks as a train is going by so that police can ACTUALLY catch up. Just the silent interaction and the subtleties between the characters was enough to get me laughing the hardest I’d laughed to that point.

I would really like to see Horrible Bosses trilogy, and a very interesting plot point pops up at the end that makes it likely to happen. At the same time I would hate for the series to end on as low comic a note as The Hangover trilogy did.

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