OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY
BY THE COMMANDER
2 (out of 4 Stars)
There are good movies, bad movies, dumb movies and stupid movies. There are movies that make you laugh, and cry and movies make you ask yourself “what was I thinking?
Every so often you find a movie that just hits that perfect spot between dumb and funny, entertaining and ridiculous. The 1978 film Animal House fits into that category. A ridiculous premise with a fun cast, lots of slapstick and an entertaining film that has become a comedy classic.
While Office Christmas Party may not be a classic it does fit into this category. As usual it's a story about employees rallying against the multinational company. It’s a fight for survival between branch manager Clay Vanstone (T.J. Miller) versus his uptight CEO sister, Carol Vanstone (Jennifer Aniston), who’s slashing budgets and closing branches of the multi-national tech giant. It seems the only thing that will save his branch is obtaining a lucrative contract from client Walter Davis (Courtney B. Vance). She’s already put a halt to an office Christmas party so with the help of his confidants, manager John Parker (Jason Bateman) and tech guru Tracey Hughes (Olivia Munn), they decide to put on the greatest party every held. Sounds like a plan until things get a little, (a lot), out of control.
Of course, this is not your normal office party it is a totally wild decadent, debauchery, anything goes, anything can and does happen, type of wild party. Any dump stupid idea, wild gag, insane antics, outrageous situation, slapstick, humor and adulterated fun are all thrown in. The party itself, the situations and the slapstick with the zany characters portrayed by Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Randall Park, Karan Soni and Rob Corddry make the film so entertaining. You’ve all seen these actors before they come together well in this comedy ensemble.
I left the office environment years ago, and it was a joy to see a situation that I would have liked to attend during my corporate years. If only I could have destroyed everything before I left.
If you want to see a movie that’s fun, entertaining, doesn't require too many brain cells, and is just in time for the holidays then this is it. Go see it before the party's over.