'Horrible Bosses 2' is so lazy it's not even about horrible bosses.
Horrible Bosses 2 has ditched its predecessor's universality, but kept its amiable good will.
Three years after its nauseating - yet popular - original installment, "Horrible Bosses 2" reunites the cast members in a juvenile, generic and outrageously funny sequel.
It's the small, tossed-off moments-Bateman's deadpan mugging, Day's frenzied cluelessness, and Sudeikis' smarmy one-liners-that land the best.
The follow-up's improbable story involves kidnapping -- 9 to 5, anyone? -- but the worst ransom will be paid by the bilked popcorn munchers who have to sit through this inane bungle of a budding cinematic franchise.
Nothing is quite as cinematically desperate as someone telling you a joke you've already heard only louder.
It's not really about bosses or office politics. Its only allegiance seems to be to the law of the sequel: It puts the same characters into a vaguely familiar situation, with diminishing, tepid returns. They should have just called it 2.
This is the sort of slapdash comedy in which characters get smarter or stupider from one scene to the next, depending on the script demands.
Director Sean Anders and his three co-writers go out of their way to up the profanity, vulgarity and absurdity of the first film, falling into the classic sequel trap of attempting to dirty-up and double-down on every laugh.