Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
SEARCH RESULTS FOR
The Sydney Film Festival is wrapped up for 2019! Click here to check out our must-see films with the SWITCH team's reviews.x
review, Office Christmas Party, Office, Christmas, Party, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, cinema, cinema reviews, Jennifer Anniston, Jason Bateman, T.j. Miller, Kate McKinnon, Randall Park, Josh Gordon, Will Speck film rating

OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY

HO, HO, NO

THEATRICAL REVIEW
LATEST REVIEWS
By Jess Fenton
8th December 2016

Remember when 'The Hangover' came out and we all laughed and loved it, not-so-quietly wishing they'd make a film about what actually happened that night and not just the aftermath? The thing is, even the filmmakers knew that was a bad idea, which is why they just remade the first film two more times rather than exploring new territory. Well, 'Office Christmas Party' is that unmade movie.

The stakes are high - Clay (T.J. Miller, 'Deadpool') and Josh (Jason Bateman, 'Horrible Bosses') have 24 hours to save their company or else Clay's evil sister and CEO Carol (Jennifer Aniston, 'Horrible Bosses') is shutting them down. In order to land big fish client Walter Davis (Courtney B. Vance, 'The People v O.J. Simpson') who can save them all, Clay and Josh along with Tracey (Olivia Munn, 'The Newsroom') decide to throw the Christmas party to end all Christmas parties, showing Walter a good time and the family they've created among employees. But when a prostitute, a pimp with a gun, a snow maker blasting cocaine, live reindeer, free-flowing alcohol, sexual tension and a CEO with a vendetta enter the mix, it's the makings of a night they'll never forget - or possibly never remember, depending on how you look at it.

'Office Christmas Party' is not funny. Despite assembling a top-notch comedic cast including a couple SNLers, it's just not there. The concept, chemistry and banter is cute but when people mistake physical stunts, nudity and disasters for comedy, we have a big problem.

No one is stretching their acting chops here. Aniston has once again taken on the bitch role in another attempt to be seen as anyone other than Rachel Green. Jason Bateman is the loveable doormat. Miller is the fun loudmouth and Munn, the sexy dominate personality. Basically we've seen it all before, along with about 90% of the gags attempted here.

'Office Christmas Party' is not funny. Despite assembling a top-notch comedic cast including a couple SNLers, it's just not there.

Directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck gave us the smash hit and very quotable 'Blades of Glory' back in 2007, and have done everything in their power to prove that its success was in spite of them ever since. The three writers (yes, apparently it took three writers and three other people to come up with the story) here are all a mixed bag of credits and tastes, resulting in this mismatch of elements as the movie stumbles through budding love stories, sibling rivalry, drunken office faux pas and cringeworthy physical catastrophes.

It's only the beginning of the Christmas season folks, and if this is any indication of what's to come, it's going to be a sad one indeed.

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: 08/12/2016
RUN TIME: 1h 45m
CAST: Jennifer Anniston
Jason Bateman
T.j. Miller
Kate McKinnon
Randall Park
DIRECTORS: Josh Gordon
Will Speck
WRITERS: Justin Malen
Laura Solon
Dan Mazer
www.officechristmasparty.com
TOP-RATED REVIEWS
Yesterday - A new British comedy with a little help from The Beatles
TRENDINGWIN YESTERDAYA new British comedy with a little help from The Beatles
Yesterday - Great concept, disappointing execution
TRENDINGYESTERDAYGreat concept, disappointing execution
Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan - Close to home
TRENDINGDANGER CLOSE: THE BATTLE OF LONG TANClose to home
Toy Story 4 - Entertaining but thoroughly unnecessary
TRENDINGTOY STORY 4Entertaining but thoroughly unnecessary
Claire Darling - A French film fail
TRENDINGCLAIRE DARLINGA French film fail
The Final Quarter - Tackling a shameful chapter in AFL history
TRENDINGTHE FINAL QUARTERTackling a shameful chapter in AFL history
Standing Up For Sunny - A comedy without the comedy but very sweet
TRENDINGSTANDING UP FOR SUNNYA comedy without the comedy but very sweet
My Big Gay Italian Wedding - A ridiculously fun love story
TRENDINGMY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDINGA ridiculously fun love story
2040 - A hopeful look into our environmental future
TRENDING2040A hopeful look into our environmental future
Parasite - A bloodthirsty and very funny look at class warfare
TRENDINGPARASITEA bloodthirsty and very funny look at class warfare
Saturday Afternoon - A shocking and abrasive assessment of terrorism
TRENDINGSATURDAY AFTERNOONA shocking and abrasive assessment of terrorism
The Third Wife - Artistic, painful and beautiful
TRENDINGTHE THIRD WIFEArtistic, painful and beautiful
Kursk - When tragedy and bureaucracy collide
TRENDINGKURSKWhen tragedy and bureaucracy collide
Judy & Punch - A dark fairytale from a fresh Australian voice
TRENDINGJUDY & PUNCHA dark fairytale from a fresh Australian voice
The Nightingale - A blunt and brutal period piece
TRENDINGTHE NIGHTINGALEA blunt and brutal period piece
Blinded By The Light - The spiritual sequel to Bend It Like Beckham
TRENDINGBLINDED BY THE LIGHTThe spiritual sequel to Bend It Like Beckham
School of Seduction - Husband hunting in Russia
TRENDINGSCHOOL OF SEDUCTIONHusband hunting in Russia
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir - An endearing tale of destiny
TRENDINGTHE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIRAn endearing tale of destiny
Back of the Net - Misses the net, and then some
TRENDINGBACK OF THE NETMisses the net, and then some
Gallipoli - A powerful and important film remembered
TRENDINGGALLIPOLIA powerful and important film remembered
© 2011 - 2019 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Support SWITCH | Disclaimer | Contact Us