OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY
OUT Now / CERT 15 / 105 MINS DIRECTORS Will Speck, Josh Gordon CAST Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, Kate Mckinnon, T.J. Miller
In A YEAR of Bad Moms, Bad Santas and Bad Neighbours, this is, essentially, ‘Bad Employees’: another irresponsible-adults comedy of volcanic indulgence that erupts like Animal House in the IT sector. Branch marked for closure by his Scroogey sibling CEO (Aniston), Miller’s boss throws a monstrous office shindig to impress a crucial client. As the party explodes out of control, we get slapstick, sex farce, gross-out and romcom. The party scenes smack of secondhand hedonism. A third-act car chase seems beamed in from another movie entirely. A gifted cast glue an erratic script together but, ironically, for all its overblown carnage, it’s Mckinnon’s party-pooping HR nazi you’ll remember the morning after.