Office Christmas Party 2016 6 out of 10
This movie has a great cast that includes Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, T. J. Miller, and Oliva Munn to name just a few. Unfortunately like so many modern comedies it just never achieves the level of humor of a classic comedies. This movie is meant to be "The Hangover" of office comedies, but comes up short.
The premise of the story features on uptight CEO (Jennifer Aniston) that threatens to shut down her brother (T.J. Miller) branch. Profits have been down so she cancels the companies rinky dink wine and cheese holiday party and tells them they will need to layoff 40% of their staff. Instead they decide as a hail mary to throw a major christmas party in an effort to land a big client that will save the branch. Like many current day comedies it has funny moments. Kate McKinnon in particular shines as the follow the rules HR lady. I love Jason Bateman, but he plays the same character way too many times. Jennifer Aniston is wasted as the uptight CEO.
Some of the outrageous politically incorrect party scenes are entertaining, but the plot just falls flat. The wild party lends itself to a great trailer --but not necessarily a great film. It especially derails when the branch manager realizes they have failed in their effort and goes on a bender with a pimp that leads to a car crash and ends him up in the hospital with no consequences. I guess the film makers figured they needed a big action scene.
A couple days before I saw this movie I stumbled across some Re-Runs of the TV show The Office with Steve Carell. I found myself watching a mini-marathon of this show I used to love back in the day and found myself laughing out loud several times. The Office Christmas Party didn't get me to laugh outloud. I would enjoy an episode of a Christmas party episode of The Office more than this movie.
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