Office Christmas Party Movie Review English Movie Review
By nettv4u.com
Review for the film " Office Christmas Party"
Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes
Certificate: A
Released: 09-12-2016
Genre: Comedy
2.7 / 5.0

CAST & CREW


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  • Producer:
  • Daniel Rappaport
  • Guymon Casady
  • Scott Stuber
  • Music Director:
  • Editor:
  • Evan Henke
  • Jeff Groth
  • Director:
  • Will Speck
  • Josh Gordon
  • Costume Designer:
  • Libby Culligan
  • Art Director:
  • Jami Primmer
  • First Assistant Director:
  • Steve Love
  • Second Assistant Director:
  • Gregory J Pawlik Jr
  • Director of Photography:
  • Jeff Cutter
  • Stunt Director:
  • Casey Adams
  • Executive Producer:
  • Josh Gordon
  • Beau Bauman
  • Second Unit Director:
  • EJ Foerster
  • Visual Effects Producer:
  • Korey J Cauchon
  • Petra Holtorf
  • Casting Director:
  • Leslie Woo
  • Jeanne McCarthy
  • Still Photographer:
  • Glen Wilson
  • Production Company:
  • Dreamworks Pictures
  • Bluegrass Films
  • Entertainment 360
  • Reliance Entertainment
  • Distributor:
  • United International Pictures
  • Entertainment One
  • Reliance Entertainment
  • Paramount Pictures
  • Assistant Editor:
  • Andrey Ragozin
  • Visual Effects Supervisor:
  • Dan Charbit
  • Visual Effects Studio:
  • Proof VFX
  • Atomic Fiction
  • Screenplay Writer:
  • Dan Mazer
  • Justin Malen
  • Laura Solon
  • Story Writer:
  • Timothy Dowling
  • Jon Lucas
  • Scott Moore
  • Grip:
  • Mitch Blasingame
  • Music Editor:
  • Thomas S Drescher
  • Production Designer:
  • Andrew Laws
  • Set Decorator:
  • Kimberly Blaurock
  • Assistant Props Master:
  • Jesse J Adams
  • Casting Associate:
  • Amanda Bolger
  • Casting Assistant:
  • Hannah Caruso
  • Makeup Artist:
  • Gigi Collins
  • Hair Stylist:
  • Suzanna Boykin
  • Michealle Vanderpool
  • Special Effects Coordinator:
  • Andre Christopoulos
  • Special Effects Technician:
  • Jeremy Hays
  • Thomas Hamaker
  • Stunt Coordinator:
  • Lance Gilbert
  • Stunt Performer:
  • Joann Bernat
  • Niko Dalman
  • Stunt Double:
  • Angela Bend
  • Digital Compositor:
  • Michael James Baula
  • Tricia Barrett
  • Compositor:
  • Jorge Heredia
  • Jason Arrieta
  • Visual Effects Artist:
  • Francis Gagnon
  • _Supporting Actors:
  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Jamie Chung
  • Fortune Feimster
  • Da Vine Joy Randolph
  • Jillian Bell
  • Randall Park
  • Karan Soni
  • Kate McKinnon
  • Matt Walsh
  • Oliver Cooper
  • Vanessa Bayer
  • Sam Richardson
  • Rob Corddry
  • Courtney B Vance
  • Andrew Leeds
  • Adrian Martinez
  • Abbey Lee Kershaw
  • TJ Miller
  • Jason Bateman
  • Olivia Munn
  • Electrician:
  • Sam Sage
  • Set Dresser:
  • Hussein Agamiri
  • Key Grip:
  • Danny Stephens
  • Prop Master:
  • Sean Mannion
  • Assistant Makeup Artist:
  • Paige Reeves
  • Costume Supervisor:
  • Charlene Amateau
  • Set Designer:
  • Marco Rubeo
  • Music Coordinator:
  • Jonathan Karp
  • Voice Casting:
  • Barbara Harris

The Office Christmas Party is a muddle of joyless laughter and ensemble comedies. With Jennifer Aniston starring in her second movie with the word “office,” the first being Office Space, we see an array of differences between the intended word and its proposed criticism. Office Christmas Party is the fifth collaboration between Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston. They have previously starred together in The Break-Up (2006), The Switch (2010), Horrible Bosses (2011) and the Horrible Bosses 2 (2014).

Plot

The movie directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck revolves around an all-night Christmas party organized by the employees of a family-owned computer company that runs a threat of being disowned by an heir (Jennifer Aniston). A company that makes computer servers is facing a great loss and tries to impress an investor who doesn’t hold a very high opinion of their work culture. In order to make him believe that the organization is one big family unit, they come to a decision to throw a rave office Christmas party. Her brother Clay (T.J. Miller ), in an attempt to offer this help, tries to land the account of tech magnate (Courtney B. Vance). Clay and his family of workers must unfasten their ties, and set to the task of hosting a bash.

Analysis

“We’re trying to loosen up America.” Since Office Christmas Party is a holiday movie, it brings with it an utter sweetness and the realization that it will always be ‘people over profit.’ Work celebrations are a holiday tradition in Hollywood. The office itself becomes the platform of ridicule with work politics going around the corner, and zealous attempts being made to bag up a deal with a promising client. The festivity of Christmas adds to the joy that the characters try to convey, underneath which lies in their selfish interests. The garb of Christmas is an attempt to restore the disorder in the office. The film offers to make up for the perfect Christmas movie. Unlike other party movies, which begin with a great build-up to the party, this film fails to reach the ultimatum. One looks forward to seeing the celebrated investor finally giving in to the insanity of the party but while he starts enjoying himself, no one offers hints towards any resolution for the people watching the movie. His excitement gets exasperating to watch and is not helped by either Kate McKinnon’s discomfited dance or Miller’s freestyle rap. The celebration remains dull.

Star performances

The film is the tale of woes in a corporate world where you will find Jason Bateman’s character playing it safe. T.J. Miller treats not just his office staff like his family but the kinship extends to the audience as well. Every character is a weathered comedian but they appear to be restrictive in their domains with Aniston playing a mean boss to Bateman as a rough and straight man to Miller as the delightful partying boss to Randall Park as the ever-present office standard. Everyone plays their part beautifully, but it is just that we have seen them deliver the same before.

What’s there?

  • Aniston is found to play a far better and more believable bossy boss.
  •  An engaging and talented cast offers some of the great moments in the movie.
  • A realization that, a lot of life’s problems will be solved if people stop being so uptight and just let loose sometimes.
  • The attempt at portraying the traditional Hollywood Party.

What’s not there?

  • The entire build-up to the main event is monotonous and predictable.
  • The ‘Epic Party’ tradition lays thwarted with the slow and tedious movement of the sequences.
  • The laughter evoked in the film ends up leaving the viewer joyless.
  • The comedy appears like a paradox of comedy.

Verdict

If you want to watch a film to unleash the underlying hypocrisies of a healthy and happy looking work culture, and Jennifer Aniston’s experiment with her character, then Office Christmas Party will fulfill your needs.