Here's a look at the new movie I saw this week.
Office Christmas Party
Starring: Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, Jennifer Aniston, TJ Miller, and Kate McKinnon
Synopsis: Anyone who works for a large group or organization knows what this time of year brings — the forced polite interactions of the annual holiday party. We also have all heard the stories about the parties where the booze flowed too freely, and the stories of what followed. "Office Christmas Party" plays into those stereotypes and takes the action even further. On the day of the annual holiday party, the CEO (Anniston) visits the Chicago branch and threatens and shut down and layoffs. She also issues a ban on the annual holiday party. Her brother (Miller), the branch manager, and two of his senior leaders (Bateman and Munn), try to stave off layoffs by landing a big new client (Courtney B. Vance). In order to land him, they have to throw an epic staff Christmas party. So they do. And hilarity ensues. This film is based on a story from the writers of "The Hangover" and directed by the guys that gave us "The Switch." They know how to tell an over-the-top comedy, and how to get the most out of their talented cast. Bateman, Munn, Miller, Anniston and McKinnon are a dream team, and the rest of the supporting cast is great, too. This is a movie that earns its R-rating and doesn't pull any punches. It's a non-traditional kind of holiday movie, but it's also a lot of fun. This is one holiday film that delivers, and one of the funniest films of the year.
Rating: R for crude sexual content and language throughout, drug use and graphic nudity. Enter with caution.
Verdict: Three stars out of four.
Friday, December 9: "Office Christmas Party," "Miss Sloane," "Nocturnal Animals"
Friday, December 16: "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," "La La Land," "Collateral Beauty"
Wednesday, December 21: "Passengers," "Sing," "Assassins Creed"
Friday, December 23: "Why Him?"
Sunday, December 25: "Fences"