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article imageBlu-ray/DVD Essentials: The truth behind 'Horrible Bosses 2'

By Earl Dittman     Feb 28, 2015 in Entertainment
Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis return as three would-be entrepreneurs who kidnap an investor’s son and ransom him for control of their company in 'Horrible Bosses 2.' The filmmakers and the cast talk about the making of the hit comedy.
In 2011, audiences around the world embraced Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis as Nick, Dale and Kurt, the hapless heroes of Horrible Bosses. The actors portrayed working stiffs who struggled under the yoke of supervisors so monstrous and out-of-control that they felt their only recourse was to bump them off. Fortunately, they were spectacularly unsuccessful, bungling the job at every turn in an escalating cycle of panic and insanely bad decisions that propelled the film to worldwide box office heights — and suggested that not everyone is cut out for homicide, however justifiable. Also, that these three might want to reconsider their career paths.
In Horrible Bosses 2, Nick, Dale and Kurt do exactly that, rallying with an original invention and another run at the American dream. “They develop a product they think they can make, market and sell,” says Jason Bateman. “They put everything they have into it, and decide to bet on themselves, which is just not a good idea with these guys. It doesn’t take very long for things to go wrong.”
Jason Bateman  Jason Sudeikis  Charlie Day and Jamie Foxx in  Horrible Bosses 2
Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day and Jamie Foxx in 'Horrible Bosses 2'
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The new venture takes the three into uncharted territory and up against formidable new foes, but with the same unbeatable chemistry, crazy energy and go-for-broke enthusiasm that Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis first brought to their leading roles. “It’s the little things that sometimes get the biggest laughs,” says Day, “like when they’re breaking into a house, or breaking out of a house, or just sitting in the car trying to figure out how to pull things off that they have no capacity to do. I think that’s the charm of it.”
“We can still surprise each other,” admits Sudeikis. “Charlie, Jason and I become sort of a self-governing unit with a lot of checks and balances. I’ve been very lucky to have worked with some great ensembles, and this is one of the best.”
Director and co-writer Sean Anders, who worked with Sudeikis on the hit comedy We’re the Millers, would concur. “They were on fire,” he says. “We spent a lot of time working on the script in the month or two before shooting and then, on the day, we’d talk about the scene and come up with different ideas. We’d get a take or two that was more-or-less on script, and then we’d open it up and let the guys go nuts, and that’s where some of the funniest moments came from. Sometimes my job was to watch the fireworks go off and hone in on the best stuff, because there was so much of it.”
Day  Sudeikis and Bateman in a scene from  Horrible Bosses 2
Day, Sudeikis and Bateman in a scene from 'Horrible Bosses 2'
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With such a comedically-gifted cast, collaboration and improv reigned, and not only with Bateman, Day and Sudeikis. Among the returning stars, Jennifer Aniston takes her portrayal of sex-addicted dentist Julia Harris to another level, and Jamie Foxx takes on an expanded role freelance crime consultant and world’s worst negotiator Dean “MF” Jones; while Chris Pine, Rex Hanson, runs the gamut from suave to playful to totally unhinged. Even Christoph Waltz, whose baddie character Bert Hanson is written as intimidating and mirthless, rolled with the punches.
Anders was specific about what he wanted the sequel to offer, saying, “Our driving thought was that it had to be its own story, not just three new bosses and three different ways to them. What we wanted was these guys, who are so funny and who we all love, in a whole caper that takes them to desperate places they couldn’t imagine, and the desperate solutions they come up with.”
“Like most people, what I loved about the first movie was not only the concept but the phenomenal comic interplay,” says producer Chris Bender. “It made me want to see what these guys were going to do next. They’re such great characters that we wanted to put them into another impossible situation, turn them loose and see what happens.”
Charlie Day and Jennifer Aniston in  Horrible Bosses 2
Charlie Day and Jennifer Aniston in 'Horrible Bosses 2'
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This time, it’s their nascent dreams of entrepreneurship that are crushed when an unscrupulous investor steals their invention and every penny they have. Or, considering the massive loan they’re still on the hook for, every penny they will ever have. Granted, not everyone who gets the short end of a business deal would kidnap the
swindler’s grown son to recoup their losses, but thinking outside the box is what makes Nick, Dale and Kurt so much fun. Their earlier attempted murders didn’t work out so well, in retrospect, but maybe that just wasn’t their thing, as Dale suggests and to which Kurt heartily agrees. Kidnapping… now that’s something they might really have a talent for. And, bonus: nobody gets hurt. But things start to get complicated when their intended victim takes the upper hand.
Expanding on that potential, producer John Morris, who co-wrote the Horrible Bosses 2 screenplay with Anders, says, “We loved the idea of them concocting and then calling off a kidnapping plot, only to have the victim force them to go through with it. Plus, it puts the three of them, who clearly have no business committing crimes, into a position of figuring out what to do, based on all the movies they’ve seen.” At the same time, “We were making fun of that, too, the we all watch those movies and comment on the mistakes the criminals are making, as if we could do it so much better.’”
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Horrible Bosses 2 Bonus (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) Features: "Endless Laughter Guaranteed!" - Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis and filmmakers will do almost anything for a laugh; "Let the Sexual Healing Begin" - follow the road to recovery with the sex addict group and "Off the Cuff: One-Liners You Didn't See" - they came thiiiis close to making the final cut.
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