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Back in 2011, Horrible Bosses wound up being one of the biggest surprises of the summer. In addition to banking an impressive $209 million global box office take (on a $35 million budget), the movie also wound up being a successfully funny take on Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train, packed with a fantastic cast. A Horrible Bosses 2 was inevitable, and while it won't be a part of the summer season this year, New Line has just released a debut teaser trailer to get you pumped for the movie.
If you're like me, you watched this trailer and immediately asked yourself or the people around you, "What the hell is this movie about?" Instead of providing any information about the story, the spot is really only dedicated towards short funny moments that show off the fact that the entire cast of the original is coming back (well, the surviving ones anyway). To get an understanding of what Horrible Bosses 2 is about, I will instead turn things over to the official synopsis:
Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business in Horrible Bosses 2. But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company.
What you would never guess watching this trailer is that the main foes for Nick, Dale and Kurt in the sequel are actually played by two time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (as the aforementioned slick investor), and Chris Pine (as his kidnapped son). Perhaps the marketing team wants to have this spot dedicated to the returning cast members so that the next one - the 2:30 long one - can focus on the new guys.
To focus on the Horrible Bosses 2 trailer itself, while it did make me laugh a little, I also walked away disappointed that the movie isn't going to feature the best character from the first film:
Colin Farrell was absolutely fantastic as a comb-over sporting, coke snorting, snot-nosed, asshole, dickhead in Horrible Bosses, but his character met a terrible end when killed by Kevin Spacey. I hope that Horrible Bosses 2 has found a way to squeeze him in the film somehow, be it as a ghost or through a fantasy sequence.
Horrible Bosses 2, which is directed by We're The Millers co-writer Sean Anders, will be arriving in theaters November 26th.