‘Horrible Bosses 2′ Trailer Brings Laughs, But Will Movie Do the Same?

The movie that will make even the unhappiest of employees feel better about their own terrible bosses is officially back. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis are reuniting as Nick, Dale, and Kurt in the trailer for Horrible Bosses 2 – only this time, they’re the ones in charge of their own careers.

After trying to kill their bosses in a complicated scheme that spirals out of control in the last film, the three men are now trying to start their own business. But after a shady investor tricks them and ends up taking over their venture, the trio desperately tries to regain control of the company by coming up with another harebrained plan. The friends decide to save their business by kidnapping the investor’s adult son (Chris Pine) and holding him for ransom.

In good news for fans of the franchise, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, and Jamie Foxx, who brought tons of laughs as Dr. Julia Harris, Dave Harken, and Dean “MF” (you know what it stands for) Jones in the first film, will reprise their roles in the sequel, as well. Aniston as Miller seems to be reaching a new level of sexual wildness in this follow-up, even asking Nick to defecate on her, as seen at one point during the trailer. Meanwhile, Harken is still in jail for killing Kurt’s former boss, Bobby Pellit, and Jones continues to give bad “criminal” advice and fill his new friends’ heads with absurd plans for revenge.

The first Horrible Bosses exceeded financial expectations after its July 2011 release, grossing more than $28 million in its first three days and making it the second-largest film opening in the U.S. that weekend. It also earned the highest-grossing opening weekend ever for a dark comedy film, passing 2004’s Stepford Wives. During the rest of its theatrical run, the movie accrued more than $209 million. It also received a positive reception from critics, who praised the cast for their comedic performances, both as a group and individually.

The same twisted humor seems to alive and well in the follow-up, which is directed by co-writer of the script Sean Anders and will be released in theaters on November 26. Of course, sequels have a way of taking an originally hilarious premise and making it completely unfunny (see The Hangover parts II and III), so it remains to be seen whether Horrible Bosses 2 will truly live up to its comedic potential — or at least have the nerve to poke some good-natured fun of itself, a la 22 Jump Street.

The film will come out only a week after Hunger Games: Mockingjay, the latest film in another popular franchise, albeit one that plays to a very different audience. Regardless, both Bateman and Sudeikis seem to draw audiences well at the box office, and given the surprise hit Horrible Bosses was a few years ago, Warner Bros. can surely expect an interested crowd to buy tickets and provide another superb opening weekend for the sequel.

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