OF­FICE CHRIST­MAS PARTY

Empire (UK) - - ON.SCREEN - SC

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.

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