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Office Christmas Party

Office Christmas Party
 Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller and Jennifer Aniston

Rated: R for crude sexual content and language throughout, drug use and graphic nudity.
Reviewed by: Matt  
Release date: December 9, 2016 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation

Office Christmas Party is holiday comedy staring Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller and Jennifer Aniston.  When Carol Vanston (Aniston) threatens to shut down her brother Clay's (Miller) branch of their tech firm, Clay, with the help of his coworkers Josh Parker (Bateman) and Tracey Hughes (Munn) throw a large Christmas party in order to convince an entrepreneur named Walter Davis ( Courtney B. Vance) to do business with them.

So this movie is fairly straight forward with its direction.  As the title suggests the entire film revolves around this one office Christmas party and that's where the movie shines the most.  The party is crazy to watch as it transforms from a relatively calm party to utter chaos and insanity.  Watching all the characters navigate this was truly entertaining to watch.  Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn and T.J. Miller all do a solid job in this film and while their characters were a bit rough to watch at some points they were without a doubt the most consistent thing in the film.

Unfortunately that is about the best I can say for this film.  For a comedy I didn't find myself laughing as much as cringing from most of the jokes and visual gags thrown together in this movie.  Some of the character dialog was also offered just as much cringe, which is a shame as there were plenty of potential.  There were characters that seemed like they were being set up for a good joke or at least an interesting character development then suddenly they disappear and never come back or show up right at the end; which is a shame because some of these characters brought some good laughs.  The beginning and climax of the film were also pretty boring which didn't help the pacing of the movie.

Overall, Office Christmas Party does what it set out to do, which was to showcase a huge, wild party while throwing some laughs in there.  However, its execution is sloppy and while the party itself and some of the characters were actually good, the overall film fails to live up to party itself.

  Frank Chris Jim Dave Nina Matt Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
Office Christmas Party  D+      D+         C            C- 

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