OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY
Running Time: 105 mins.
Premise: When his uptight CEO sister threatens to shut down the company branch he heads, Clay Vanstone (T.J. Miller) decides to throw the ultimate Christmas party to woo a bigwig client and make a last-ditch effort to save everyone's jobs.
Behind-the-Scenes: Shot in and around Chicago, with the Daley Center standing in as the corporate office location.
The Good: The cast (Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn, Vanessa Bayer, Randall Park, Rob Corddry, Courtney B. Vance, etc.). They're almost too good for this kind of thing, and many of them know it. Christmas-themed comedies offer a bit of cinematic comfort food this time of year.
The Bad: It's not funny (nobody in my theater could be heard laughing - talk about a "Silent Night"!) and really doesn't have much, if anything, to do with Christmas. Like last year's Sisters, the movie mostly exists for celebrities we like to make a quick paycheck and have some fun doing it. Unfortunately, the R-rated "fun" they're having on screen doesn't really translate to the audience. The script lacks originality and its idea of a blow-out party, and everything that happens at said party, isn't all that creative.
Should You See It?: No. With so many Oscar contenders in theaters now and Rogue One just around the corner, there is no reason to waste your money on this.
Star Rating: ** out of 5 stars.
Better Than: Bad Santa 2
Worse Than: Sisters
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