Office Christmas Party
Release year: 2016
Director: Josh Gordon, Will Speck
Screenwriters: Justin Malen, Laura Solen, Dan Mazer
Starring: Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T. J. Miller, Jennifer Aniston, Kate McKinnon, Courtney B. Vance, Jillian Bell, Rob Corddry
When his uptight CEO sister Carol (Jennifer Aniston) threatens to shut down his branch, Clay (T. J. Miller) decides to throw a huge Christmas party to land a big client (Courtney B. Vance) and thereby save everybody’s job. It turns out to be one hell of a party!
With an ensemble cast, R-rated Christmas flick Office Christmas Party is almost a who’s-who in today’s comedy world. Led by the always likable Bateman (Horrible Bosses, 2011) and one-of-a-kind Miller (Deadpool, 2016), who is surrounded by a smorgasbord of comic talents including McKinnon (Ghostbusters, 2016), Bell (The Night Before, 2015) and Cordry (Hot Tub Time Machine, 2010). With the set-up being a Christmas party, the tone is set for a movie where anything goes, and it almost does. Bateman and Munn (Ride Along 2, 2016) are sweet together and Aniston (We’re the Millers, 2013) a delight as the bitchy, bitter sister but the show stealer is Mckinnon, whose uptight stickler turns up to be quite different as the night goes on. Like in Ghostbusters, she shows an ability to create eccentric characters with surprises up their sleeve. The many characters can make the movie seem stuffed, but fortunately it just adds to the chaotic feeling of a party gone wild. It is not laugh-out-funny all the time, but certainly has its moments and with a bit of the sentimentality suitable for the holiday added, this is a good Christmas comedy.
At the conclusion of filming in Atlanta, furniture and props from the set were donated to the Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta, a charity that gives away free furniture to people moving into stable housing from homelessness and domestic violence.
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