Office Christmas Party
3.75 / 5
IMDb Rating: 6.0
Starring: Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T. J. Miller, Jennifer Aniston and Kate McKinnon.
Plot Summary: When the CEO (Jennifer Aniston) tries to close her hard-partying brother’s branch, he (T.J. Miller) and his Chief Technical Officer (Jason Bateman) must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs. (IMDb)
The film follows in a similar vain as Horrible Bosses which included two of the main characters of Office Christmas Party, Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston. There is also a similar vibe to other American comedies of that ilk like Hot Tub Time Machine, Ted, Let’s Be Cops and Neighbours, but due to the Christmas party being the centrepoint of the film it has similarities with the 2011 film New Year’s Eve.
The carnage and chaos that ensues inside and outside the office is brilliant. In a largely 18-30 audience, everyone was in fits of laughter with the combination of funny one-liners, physical comedy and the downright outrageous things that occurred during one night of mayhem. There was a storyline of sorts for several employees, and all of them blended together in the central narrative nicely.
To be honest I hope Bateman, Munn, Miller, Aniston and McKinnon return for a sequel, perhaps a New Year’s Eve Party? I felt that they made a good group and each of the characters were developed sufficiently enough for the audience to enjoy their humour and individual storylines. As soon as left the auditorium I was still smiling at the hi-jinks that the characters got up to, and I said to my friend that I would buy the film as soon as it is released on DVD. A film with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments which will be a film that can become a hit among office workers, Christmas film lovers and people who love outrageous American comedies.
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