- December 9th, 2016
- 1 Hour 45 Minute Run Time
Office Christmas Party for all purposes should be a huge comedy holiday hit yet sadly falls shorts enough in a few major aspects to be a letdown for all.
The film follows Clay (TJ Miller) as a goof running the Chicago branch of a big name tech company that his late father owned. His sister Carol (Jennifer Aniston) however is the CEO and a big bad business woman who comes in wanting to shut down the branch right before Christmas unless her brother can somehow come up with a plan to bring profits up and save money. The big plan though, to throw a giant Christmas Party to bring team morale up and help impress a potential business party. Meanwhile Josh (Jason Bateman) and Tracey (Oliva Munn) are trying to devise a way to revolutionize the internet that could potentially save the day.
Now that plot is one of the first major things wrong. It often times takes itself more serious than it should. For a trailer that showed just a wild comedic party we instead are treated to too many scenes that are too serious or attempt to pull emotional strings to instead of being comedic. The other plot problem was that the more insane the party became the less funny it became as well. Usually comedy films like this can up the craziness therefore increasing the comedy while instead here the comedy would fall flat quite often. There aren’t as many burst out laughing moments here as one would expect.
This all comes as such a shame since the film boasts a handful of good actors. Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston give their usual performances here with Aniston finally coming to towards the end. TJ Miller sadly seems to fail to deliver on what would otherwise be a great role for him while Olivia Munn nearly does the same just giving a profane laced performance short on laughs from her. Rob Corddry is in this as well and sadly way too underused since most times he is a complete joy to have on screen. The two best though comes in the form of Kate McKinnon as the weird HR lady and Jillian Bell as Trina the pimp with two different personalities almost.
At the end of the day Office Christmas Party has some witty dialog but just falls short of being the big comedy it was presented to be. With a great cast almost all falling short and a big party that often times isn’t even funny Office Christmas Party will leave you thinking of what could of been.
Score : 4/10