I was sold on this film based on its cast, but I wasn't expecting it to be a great film, however, I did want it to be funny. Unfortunately, while it did have a few laughs, this film largely disappointed in both the story and the comedy departments.
The best parts of the movie are Jason Bateman and T.J. Miller. Miller brings his usual brand of goofy humor to the film, and it works. Jason Bateman does have some of his signature sarcastic moments in the film, but more of his laughs just come form his charm. Other than that, the film wasn't that funny. The funniest parts of the film were in the trailer. Jennifer Anniston played a less raunchy version of her character from "Horrible Bosses". Kate McKinnon wasn't even funny, reduced to jokes about farts and sweaters. Vanessa Bayer was pretty annoying, and Rob Corddry might as well have phoned in his lines (and he's usually pretty good). I was extremely disappointed by the waste of the talented cast.
The story of the film was also very weak. It was a formulaic, thinly thrown-together plot that just served as an excuse for the party. Honestly, I probably would have preferred to watch a meta-film with the actors playing exaggerated versions of themselves at a Christmas party. It would have been funnier, less formulaic, and more effective.
So overall, I was very disappointed with "Office Christmas Party". I really wanted to enjoy it, but I just couldn't. It's not the worst movie I've seen, but it's not worth your money for a few chuckles.
Office Christmas Party
Big Tuna's Rating: C-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.
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