Office Christmas Party (2016)

Director/s: Josh Gordon, Will Speck
Writer/s: Justin Malen, Laura Solon, Dan Mazer (screenplay), Jon Lucas, Scott Moore, Timothy Dowling (story)
Starring: Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller, Jennifer Anniston, Kate McKinnon, Courtney B. Vance, and more.

What a wonderful time of the year. During this time we see people running about in the malls searching for the perfect present for their loved ones. We see beautiful Christmas decorations and the joyous sound of Christmas music. We also have the happy, love-filled, heart-warming Christmas movies! ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, ‘A Christmas Story’, ‘Polar Express’, there are countless historic family friendly Christmas movies for all to love. Well, it is about time to pump the breaks on this joyous ride of cookies and smiles within these holiday films. It is time to show the wild side of Christmas in the form of ‘Office Christmas Party’! Okay, maybe not everyone has a Christmas celebration like this but it is fun enough to say regardless. Let us dig in, shall we?
When Clay Vanstone’s (T.J. Miller) branch of Zenotek is threatened to be closed by the CEO who happens to be his own sister, Carol Vanstone (Jennifer Aniston), Clay must make one last ditch effort to save his company by impressing a high-powered client by the name of Walter Davis (Courtney B. Vance), that would bring a lot of money to the company if he were to do business with Zenotek. Now in order to impress Mr. Davis, Clay and his highest ranking members of Zenotek, Josh Parker and Tracey Hughes (Jason Bateman and Olivia Munn), plan the biggest banger of an office Christmas party that they can muster together.
So I may stand alone on this as I have seen other reviews state but I had so much fun watching ‘Office Christmas Party’. This was the most fun I have had watching a movie in awhile, honestly. It was over-the-top comedy, obviously stupid-humor, and raunchy scenes from start to finish. In a sense, this was what I wanted ‘Project X’ to be. As always though, comedy is a sensitive topic and everyone has their type they enjoy. Personally, I try to keep an open mind to it and ‘Office Christmas Party’ was definitely my kind of comedy… As a whole, there is so much star power in this film, but two specific performances were my favorites. 1. Kate McKinnon: she was an absolutel riot in every scene. She plays the HR rep for Zenotek, a stickler for the rules. Kate is such a talent and I could not hold back my laughter when she made her appearances on the screen. 2. Da’Vine Joy Randolph: Da’Vine may be a more unknown actress but she plays the security guard, Carla, and she was hilarious when she was on screen. From her lines, to her small mannerisms, she owned her part and was a home run in this film. Again though, the entire cast brought so much talent and fun to this film as a whole… One major negative point that I had was once the climax was reached within the movie, it began to slow down in order to follow the typical formula. It still had a few laughs here and there, but no where near the same amount as there were in the lead-up to the climax.
‘Office Christmas Party’ is going to be a holiday flick to remember. There are plenty of one-liners to remember and to have fun with, and a cast that brings the fire to this raunchy comedy. If you want to go have some mindless fun and have some bucks to spare, definitely go check this out in theaters for some counter holiday fun away from the typical Christmas spirit movie. Otherwise, if raunchy comedies are not necessarily your type, go ahead and wait this one out. It will be cheap eventually or stream-able.
Rating: 3/5

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