A lot of talented new and not so new actors and comedians appear in this and like a lot of movies with too many people in it, none get to do much. The set up takes a long time to build to the party but the set up is better than the pay off. It’s just a formless mess by that point, the “jokes” become every character dropping the F bomb and most of the slapstick doesn’t work.
Is that really still funny? How many years of R rated movies have we seen and R rated comedies? Jason Bateman gamely goes the distance playing straight man. Aniston does a one note version of her previously funnier, mean heartless bitch roles in Horrible Bosses–only there is not twist or reason for it, other than that the movie needs a villain–I guess.
It’s just not very clever or funny. Only Courtney B. Vance manages to make his obvious part funny. I suppose this may be a little harsh there are chuckles here and there but it never really takes off and the “story” and resolution are both obvious and confusing. You never get any sense that this office of people give a crap about each other or their jobs–but then we are asked to root for them?
Of course there is also a fair amount of what should be black humor but only little bits of this work the rest just seem kind of ugly. This movie will try everything to see what works but not much does. A lot of fake looking snow in the film which has a flat video look to it as well. You’ll just wish that all these good actors had something genuinely funny or original to do–but if that’s your Christmas wish this movie won’t fulfill it. You really need a script and a sense of direction—from the directors. Oh there’s a guy in a sheep costume too, I give it a 3 instead of a 2 because of that.