Good cracks and craic lift Party

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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

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Jen­nifer Anis­ton and T J Miller’s sib­lings bat­tle for con­trol in Of­fice Christ­mas Party.

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