Office Christmas Party

(2016)

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Title:
Office Christmas Party
Release Date:
5th December 2016
Runtime:
105 min
MPAA Rating:
R
Genres:
Directors:
Josh Gordon, Will Speck
Writers:
Justin Malen, Laura Solon
Languages:
English
Stream Quality:
1080p / 720p / 480p

Storyline

When the CEO (Jennifer Aniston) tries to close her hard-partying brother's branch, he (T.J. Miller) and his Chief Technical Officer (Jason Bateman) must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 43%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 53%
IMDb Rating 6.0

Casts

Jason Bateman as Josh Parker
Jennifer Aniston as Carol Vanstone
Olivia Munn as Tracey Hughes
T.J. Miller as Clay Vanstone

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Elliot D. George 10th December, 2016

★★ - too dumb and not enough fun

After the death of her father, Carol is made CEO of his multi- national tech company. Carol's brother runs the under-performing Chicago branch, and he must persuade his sister not to shut them down by throwing a forbidden office Christmas party to impress and sign with a high-powered business associate. So, now that the "story" is out the way, we can focus on the rest of it. According to IMDb, this movie is a comedy - well you could've fooled me! Not only did I not laugh, I didn't even smirk. Not only did I not smirk, I didn't even smile internally. This is another one of those horrendous seasonal films that compiles a few well known actors and dumps them into a loud, drugged up, semi-nude environment where everyone swears and talks about their genitals. The script is appalling, there's nothing even slightly funny in there, and the comic timing is all over the place. The pathetic, sentimental ending was more infuriating than heartwarming and left more of a bitter taste than sweet. All that said, it was interesting enough to hold my attention. The acting was pretty poor, but I quite like Bateman, Munn and Aniston (though Miller cancels them out and McKinnon wasn't as funny as usual). It's one of those movies that will probably amuse a certain demographic, but its appeal is fairly limited. Worth a watch at some point, but not worth paying for when it'll be on TV by this time next year. Lack of effort means lack of amusement. Decent cast, but nothing for them to do. It's fine, but it's not funny. 2/5

Reviewed by HEFILM 9th December, 2016

Weak

A lot of talented new and not so new actors and comedians appear in this and like a lot of movies with too many people in it, none get to do much. The set up takes a long time to build to the party but the set up is better than the pay off. It's just a formless mess by that point, the "jokes" become every character dropping the F bomb and most of the slapstick doesn't work. Is that really still funny? How many years of R rated movies have we seen and R rated comedies? Jason Bateman gamely goes the distance playing straight man. Aniston does a one note version of her previously funnier, mean heartless bitch roles in Horrible Bosses--only there is not twist or reason for it, other than that the movie needs a villain--I guess. It's just not very clever or funny. Only Courtney B. Vance manages to make his obvious part funny. I suppose this may be a little harsh there are chuckles here and there but it never really takes off and the "story" and resolution are both obvious and confusing. You never get any sense that this office of people give a crap about each other or their jobs--but then we are asked to root for them? Of course there is also a fair amount of what should be black humor but only little bits of this work the rest just seem kind of ugly. This movie will try everything to see what works but not much does. A lot of fake looking snow in the film which has a flat video look to it as well. You'll just wish that all these good actors had something genuinely funny or original to do--but if that's your Christmas wish this movie won't fulfill it. You really need a script and a sense of direction---from the directors. Oh there's a guy in a sheep costume too, I give it a 3 instead of a 2 because of that.

Reviewed by mason-shaw 7th December, 2016

Quite possibly the funniest film of the year...

It's that time of the year ladies and germs, where the Holiday movies come crashing in. However, this time we seem to be onto a winner… 2016 is winding down and we have had our fair share of ups and downs. So why not lift the spirit and jump into some festive viewing. This time with the help from Josh Gordon and Will Speck's 'Office Christmas Party'. Alright, I know… The title may seem rather off putting, but don't take this lightly, this film right here is a top running contender to take out quite possibly 'The Funniest movie of the year'. That's right you heard it. It is that damn good! Centered around a tech company, this film could not get anymore 2016 if it tried. And man, will it make you depressed about your own lame upcoming Christmas party (better start sneaking that booze in). Featuring a stellar cast of Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, T.J Miller, Olivia Munn and Kate McKinnon just to name a few this film is sure fire, or 'Lit' as 2016 has led us to believe. McKinnon continues her onslaught of slaying in everything that she does and doesn't look like she is about to slow down anytime soon. Her Comedy is fantastic and for any SNL lover out there, I can guarantee that it will leave you in stitches. T.J Miller (best known for his role in Silicon Valley) brings the heat as he works his magical improv into various scenes throughout, many which almost had me spitting out my Pepsi Max as I attempted to take a sip (Hey Pepsi, need a plug, brah?). Without spoiling the films plot, it is pretty simple to guess. Yes it is centered around an Office Christmas party (go figure) but it is a delightful and hilarious film that should be added to any Christmas movie list you may have currently running. Get off the couch, get out of the office, put down the eggnog and stop talking to your creepy cousin. Go see this film right now and join in on the quotes. This has to be the funniest film of the year.

Reviewed by Josh Barton 7th December, 2016

Do not try this in real life. Or do, and get fired.

The office Christmas party. An annual event that we've all been to and one that may lead to you seeing your colleagues in a new light, the quiet one may let their inner party animal out or the stingy boss may be the one buying everyone a drink at the bar. This comedy, aptly titled Office Christmas Party, dials up the debauchery to eleven with a talented comedic cast, and the results are very mixed to say the least. Clay Vanstone (T. J. Miller) is the Chicago branch manager for Zenotek, an IT sales company that's leaking money at an alarming rate. When his sister, Carol (Jennifer Aniston), who is also the CEO of Zenotek, shows up and threatens to shut the Chicago branch down, Clay must think of a way to convince Carol to change her mind. With the help of his friends Josh (Jason Bateman) and Tracey (Olivia Munn), Clay decides to throw an epic Christmas party for his employees to attract a big money client to become a partner. It isn't long before things get out of hand and with hardly any responsible adults in sight, the Chicago branch may be shutting itself down. The biggest frustration for me while watching Office Christmas Party was just how utterly wasted each and every one of this talented cast is by such a mediocre script and uninspired story. At this stage in their careers, Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston, who are both very good comedic actors, are sleepwalking their way through material like this for a simple pay day. The best comedic performances are given by T. J. Miller and Kate McKinnon however, even they are both let down by a lack of quality material. It's an unfortunate trait in comedies nowadays that they either seem like they don't put any effort in or they try way too hard. It's a strange mix of both in Office Christmas Party that makes it suffer. Don't get me wrong, I definitely laughed at some parts but for the most part, this film was just trying to raise a few cheap laughs from the audience. A disappointing experience overall, Office Christmas Party is one film you shouldn't try to emulate in real life, unless you want to get fired from your job. I mean, I'm pretty sure I'll never attend a Christmas party where a man dressed as Jesus is riding through the office on a white horse.

Reviewed by Troy_Campbell 6th December, 2016

Lightweight and disposable

December always brings with it a raft of Yuletide yarns that are often fun but not overly great. This crude comedy continues that trend with an enjoyable yet completely disposable romp about the epic eponymous work shindig. When laidback office head Clay Vanstone (T.J. Miller) is warned his Chicago department (inherited from Daddy) is going to be closed down unless he can secure a big contract, his solution is to throw an expensive party with live animals, lots of booze and the promise of bonuses. Of course the proverbial hits the fan and everything that can go wrong, does. Think The Hangover: Xmas Edition where we actually witnessed the night unfold before seeing everyone wake up with killer headaches and life lessons learnt. The gags fly at a million miles an hour with some sticking and some not, but it coasts by on it's super light mood and the sense that this group of extremely funny people are just having a blast hanging out on set and cracking jokes. Miller's man-child and Kate McKinnon's HR by-the-book weirdo are the standouts, and Jason Bateman's and Olivia Munn's more sensible employees are fine (although lacking chemistry as love interests), however Jennifer Aniston and Rob Corrdry are total misfires which bore throughout. The film also dovetails quickly when it gives a pimp subplot way too much attention, and the save-the-internet finale is dumb even by a popcorn comedy's standards, although the eclectic Christmas-themed soundtrack is surprisingly good. The epitome of a throwaway movie, Office Christmas Party maintains a certain level of enjoyment with its breezy vibe and the occasional laugh-out-loud gag, but is ultimately forgettable.