‘Office Christmas Party’ Review

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Directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck

Written by Justin Malen, Laura Solon, Dan Mazer, Jon Lucas, Scott Moore and Timothy Dowling

Starring: Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T. J. Miller, Jillian Bell, Vanessa Bayer, Courtney B. Vance, Rob Corddry, Sam Richardson, Randall Park, Kate McKinnon and Jennifer Aniston

☆☆☆

“Office Christmas Party” is the type of movie that this time of year usually produces, a subpar script that only gets made because it has the word Christmas in the title and/or has a Christmas setting. These movies are never good and “Office Christmas Party” is no exception to this steadfast rule.

This movie is textbook comic laziness, gags that are raunchy for the sake of being raunchy and frankly, fall flat. This movie is trying to be something like “The Hangover” – insert name of any raunchy comedy –  at Christmas and fails because it wastes a cast full of talented comedic actors. Except for Jillian Bell, all of the comedic talents come up way too short. The cast includes the likes of T.J. Miller, Jason Bateman and Kate McKinnon. With a cast that full of talent, it is a damn shame that the end product was not of a higher quality.

I do not know why the plot of “Office Christmas Party” is as convoluted as it is, it is a comedy about, well, an office Christmas party. I do not know why there is this whole thing with the internet thing, or whatever the hell was going on in this movie. Ultimately, “Office Christmas Party” is a subpar holiday farce that should be embarrassed by the fact that the movie wastes its talented cast.

 

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