“Office Christmas Party” Review

6 December, 2016

Directors: Josh Gordon, Will Speck
Screenwriters: Justin Malen, Laura Solon, Dan Mazer
Director of Photography: Jeff Cutter
Cast: Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, T.J. Miller

Synopsis: As the holiday season gets into full swing, a branch manager decides to throw a huge Christmas party in a bid to impress a wealthy client. Unfortunately, the manager’s domineering sister has other ideas and it might just cost everyone their jobs if they don’t close on the sale.


Office Christmas Party Review:

Unlike last year’s unexpectedly hilarious “Sisters,” which saw a bunch of ex-classmates recapturing their youth in the most outlandish ways during a night of drinking and partying, “Office Christmas Party” is missing any real comedic talent in its primary line-up to assist in guiding its already ridiculous plot. Despite the presence of Kate McKinnon, who gets a laugh merely for existing on-screen, there’s a noticeable lack of SNL flair in scenes of apparent improvisation and it makes the entire movie feel like a messy test shoot rather than a fully conceptualised festive comedy.

“Office Christmas Party” is a film made for late night audiences wearing Christmas hats and drinking hot beverages, yet, even within such an environment, it still fails to squeeze out anything more than a few pity laughs from those who’ve had a bit more eggnog than everyone else. In fact, it’s such a disastrously unfunny movie that the punchlines are often impossible to locate inside the reams and reams of dialogue used to trick you into thinking you’re watching something other than a cash-grab. There’s only one thing worse than an unfunny comedy and “Office Christmas Party” is the embodiment of bad storytelling with its fake character arcs, weird casting choices and bizarre love interests; all of which come together in the most awkward, unnatural way before the closing credits.

As the movie tries and fails to get off the ground, it soon resorts to fart jokes, excessive product placement, and some rather tiresome identity politics and gender sparring. The whole “I’m a woman and it’s the current year” gag feels more forced than ever in this movie as Jennifer Aniston jujutsus her way through a group of mobsters like it’s no skin off her back and the writers convince themselves that a character merely acknowledging the fact that he’s a straight white male is a joke in itself. As we round off the year, “Office Christmas Party” reminds us that the festive season wouldn’t be complete without a bad comedy, although this one really takes the cake.

 

   

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