FILM: HORRIBLE BOSSES 2
CAST: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz
Director: Sean Anders
In 2011, audiences around the world embraced Nick, Dale and Kurt, the hapless heroes of ‘Horrible Bosses’, 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.”
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 last year’s 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.”
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 the sex-addicted dentist Julia Harris to another level, and Jamie Foxx takes on an expanded role as freelance crime consultant and world’s worst negotiator Dean “MF” Jones; while Chris Pine, as 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 kill them. What we wanted was these guys, who are so funny and who we all love, in a whole new caper that takes them to desperate places they couldn’t imagine, and the desperate solutions they come up with.”
FILM: SPUD 3: LEARNING TO FLY
CAST: John Cleese, Troye Sivan, Caspar Lee, Sven Ruygrok, Thomas Burne, Byron Langley, Travis Hornsby, Blessing Xaba, Genna Blair, Aaron McIlroy, Julie Summers
DIRECTOR: John Barker
As Spud Milton continues his diabolical stagger through adolescence, he learns one of life’s most important lessons: when dealing with women and cretins, nothing is ever quite as it seems.
“I’m practically a man in most areas,” writes Spud confidently on his sixteenth birthday. The year is 1992 and, as always in South Africa, radical change is in the air. The country may be on the bumpy road to an uncomfortable redemption, but Spud Milton is hoping for a smooth ride as he returns to boarding school as a senior. Instead, he discovers that his vindictive arch enemy is back to taunt him and that a garrulous Malawian has taken residence in his dormitory, along with the regular inmates and misfits he calls friends.
Spud’s world has never seemed less certain; he attempts to master Shakespeare, wrestles constantly with God and the power of negative thinking, and develops an aversion to fried fish after a shocking discovery about his grandmother, Wombat.
‘Spud 3 – Learning to Fly’ is based on the best-selling novel by John van de Ruit.