Office Christmas Party Review

Rating: 1.5 out of 5

December: a time for friends, family, and raunchy holiday movies that are more of an uncomfortable experience than something worth its viewers time or money. Office Christmas Party falls right in line with The Night Before (2015) and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011) in that it takes a celebrated holiday and turns it into a vulgar buddy-comedy that provides far more uncomfortable silences than laughs.

After CEO Carol Vanstone (Jennifer Aniston) threatens to shut down her brother, Clay Vanstone’s (T.J. Miller), branch of her company, he and his technical advisor, Josh Parker (Jason Bateman), decide to throw a party in order to impress a potential client.

It was like watching a comic who hadn’t prepared any material. The jokes were fired off in rapid succession throughout the entire movie and  by the time the extravagant party finally began the audience was burnt out. That’s not to say all the jokes were bad, some had me actually laughing, but they were too few and far between to make up for the flops.

No particular actor stood out in this film either. T.J. Miller provided most of the laughs, which isn’t saying much, and Jennifer Aniston is far from her We’re the Millers comedic glory with a stiff portrayal as  the snarky CEO that left something to be desired.

Though it did force a chuckle once or twice, and some of the party scenes made me wish I was really there, there is no reason to see this film,let alone in theater