Party, party, party.
BQB here with a review of “Office Christmas Party.”
It’s a challenge to make a movie set during Christmas time. People who don’t see it in the theater won’t feel like watching it until the next Christmas. No one wants to watch it in say, August of the next year.
Moreover, it’s got to be memorable, somewhat touching and if it is, it may very well become a staple of any movie buff’s yuletide Christmas watching.
“Office Christmas Party” is fun, though not laugh out loud funny. Frankly, now that I’ve seen it once, I doubt I’ll ever watch it again and don’t feel a need to watch it every year.
The set-up – Justin Bateman is the right hand of TJ Miller. Together, they oversee the regional branch of a computer company. Miller reprises his role as basically the same dopey, happy fun time party boy he plays in “Silicon Valley.”
When Miller’s sister, played by Jennifer Aniston, the head of the company, threatens to cut jobs if profit demands aren’t met, Bateman and Miller team up to wine and dine a corporate executive, throwing a wild, lavish Christmas party in the hopes this will convince him to hand over a lucrative account that will save the day.
As you can imagine, the party gets progressively out of control and wacky chaos ensues.
Honestly, I judge comedies by one single rule – did it make me laugh uncontrollably? No. No, it did not. It’s fun but it’s not going down in the laughter hall of fame.