Good cracks and craic lift Party
An easy target to satirise – the dreary and drab traditional work Christmas function – but a tough movie to review.
There’s enough potential in Office Christmas Party for it to fly, but enough flaws for it to flop.
With the tone and feel of The Hangover (the original, not the deadhorse-flogging sequels), and the originality to match, this time the quirk is turning the saccharine Christmas flick on its head.
A breathless opening 20 minutes aims to cram in a joke every 10 seconds or so, before it remembers the need for some plot to hang them off.
A bacchanalian Christmas party, the centrepiece of the film, isn’t quite enough.
And so things flag for a while, until it all regathers enough pace to lurch drunkenly, complete with car chase, to its conclusion.
The guts is that hard-nosed CEO Jennifer Aniston wants to shut down her hard-partying brother TJ Miller’s branch office – just before his annual Christmas shindig.
Jason Bateman, Miller’s capable deputy, is stuck in the middle, trying to save the branch, his boss, a big contract, and the Christmas do.
The party proceeds, but everything
Jennifer Aniston and T J Miller’s siblings battle for control in Office Christmas Party.