The Netflix All-Star Comedy That Proves Life Can Always Get Worse

By Jacob VanGundy | Published

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  • Horrible Bosses 2 is streaming on Netflix
  • The Horrible Bosses 2 cast brings back Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis
  • Horrible Bosses 2 also brings Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz
  • The movie is a hilarious double-down on the original concept

On the back of the original’s surprise success, Horrible Bosses 2 doubles down on both its all-star cast and on torturing its protagonists. And now the movie is streaming on Netflix for you to enjoy again and again.

Horrible Bosses 2 Streaming On Netflix

While it didn’t bring in the same box office earnings or critical response that the original earned, it may still be worthwhile for fans of the first movie or for those who just want the spectacle of an absurd number of starts interacting.

It’s also fascinating to see such an incredible cast brought together in such an oddly dark comedy

The main appeal of Horrible Bosses 2 is the incredible cast bringing together A-list celebrities, character actors, and fantastic comedic actors.

Horrible Bosses 2 Has An Incredible Cast

It builds on the original, already great cast bringing back Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jenniffer Aniston, Lindsay Sloane, Jamie Foxx, and the now disgraced Kevin Spacey from the first Horrible Bosses.

If that wasn’t already enough, the sequel adds Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz, Jonathan Banks, Keegan-Michael Key, Brianne Howey, Lennon Parham, Suzy Nakamura, Sam Richardson, Andy Buckley, Rob Huebel, and a small cameo from Will Forte. 

Characters Tortured Again

Despite things working out for the main trio of Bateman, Sudeikis, and Day at the end of the original Horrible Bosses, Horrible Bosses 2 manages to center much of its plot around torturing them all over again.

Having freed themselves from their titular horrible bosses, the main characters become their own bosses, creating a new shower product only to be screwed over by a billionaire investor, prompting them to kidnap the investor’s son.

Naturally, a madcap, crime gone wrong comedy ensues with characters dying, taking advantage of each other, and getting shot in a bizarrely dark movie. 

Horrible Bosses Was A Hit With Critics And Fans

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Horrible Bosses 2 capitalizes on the success of the original which was a surprise hit, making over $200 million at the box office on a budget of $37 million. It was also surprisingly successful with critics with the first Horrible Bosses, earning a fresh 69% on Rotten Tomatoes.

While far from universal praise it faired much better among critics than most mainstream comedies, with comedies like Airheads receiving notoriously low Rotten Tomatoes scores. 

Horrible Bosses 2 Didn’t Hit The Same Highs

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Despite the high points of the original, Horrible Bosses 2 hasn’t been received quite as warmly or found the same level of success.

Horrible Bosses 2 still brought in a hefty profit at the box office, earning over $107 million over a budget of $42 million, which, while impressive, falls well short of the original’s financial success.

Critically, it faired much worse than the original, only getting a 35% on Rotten Tomatoes and not generating the buzz of the original. 

Horrible Bosses 2 Streaming On Netflix

Horrible Bosses 2

While it’s generally considered inferior to the original and almost no one would recommend it over the original, Horrible Bosses 2 is worth checking out on Netflix for fans of the original. Even if the writing isn’t quite as strong as the original, it’s worth seeing so many high-quality actors interact. It’s also interesting to see the already bleak world of the first movie elevated into an even darker comedy, something that’s odd to see in a mainstream comedy.