At this time of year, we all need a laugh to distract us from this hectic world. In the case of Office Christmas Party, nothing says “celebrate the holidays” like the stress of work, and the possible demise of your entire office branch. What’s a group to do? Well, throw an epic office holiday part to blow off steam & impress a potential client, of course!
This movie has a raunchy sense of humor which reminded me a lot of The Hangover meets Office Space. It’s definitely not a movie you’ll want to bring the kids to, as there is a lot of shock value humor. However, it seemed that the audience really enjoyed it, and felt like a movie that which one could imagine a group of co-workers attending and laughing at all of the office banter and HR jokes, as a lot of us can relate to those situations.
T.J. Miller (Deadpool, The League) stars in this comedy as Clay Vanstone; the carefree & huge-hearted brother to his ball-busting sister Carol (Jennifer Aniston). The siblings really show off what it’s like to work with family, and their relationship elicits a few good laughs. Miller delivers his lines perfectly, and really shows off what a talented comedian he is.
The character of Mary (the head of HR) is played by the talented Kate McKinnon, and like all of her performances, she is simply hilarious. Her facial expressions alone are worth the price of admission to this movie. Without giving away too much, sufficed to say that Mary has a thing for parrots & minivans.
All of that being said, the unnecessary love story is what loses me in these kinds of films. Josh Parker (Jason Bateman) and Tracey Hughes (Olivia Munn) do have plenty of quirky & cute parts, and Munn is pleasing to the eye on film with some witty comebacks to Bateman, but the movie would have been fine without them longing for each other.
Office Christmas Party is definitely worth a watch if you’re into fart jokes, physical humor, and raunchy for raunchy’s sake. Grab some coworkers & friends, and get a good laugh in this holiday season.
This one gets 3.5 Snow Blowers out of 5
PS if you like outtakes stick around through the credits, they were highly enjoyable.