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Three friends come up with an invention that they hope will make them rich. Soon after they pitch their idea to a business tycoon, they find themselves hoodwinked. They attempt a kidnapping in order to rescue their business.
Nick (Bateman), Kurt (Sudeikis) and Dale (Day) have managed to free themselves from being in someone else's employment. They've decided to become masters of their own fate and plan to go down the entrepreneurial route with an invention of sorts called the Shower Buddy, a handy contraption that combines shampoo dispensers with a regular shower. They announce their invention to the public via TV appearances.
After several politically incorrect jokes about the utility of their invention, Nick, Kurt and Dale embark on the next step - finding someone who can give them a big order for the product after which they will hit the big time. Bert Hanson (Waltz) is the brilliant head of a huge company and he tells the three that he will finance the project and will need the rights for it. Nick, Kurt and Dale are thrilled.
However, not long after they are done with the high-fives, Bert, sensing that they aren't really the brightest sparks in town, hoodwinks them. The three panic as they've spent a lot of money on manufacturing costs and are now stranded in debt. Determined to get back at Bert, they kidnap his son Rex (Pine) to ask for a ransom. But the whole plan goes awry as Rex turns out to be quite a colourful character. In fact, Pine's performance is engaging, as is Kevin Spacey's role as Nick's jailed former boss Dave, who the three seek advice from.
The jokes in the film are largely hit-or-miss. The humour is definitely of the polarising (racial jokes, etc.) variety - you'll either find it highly amusing or in bad taste. Aniston seems like an unlikely choice for the role of a determinedly oversexed dentist dealing with sex addiction, but she adds her own brand of charm to it. All in all, a decent collection of laughs.
The film stars three Academy Award winners - Jamie Foxx, Cristoph Waltz and Kevin Spacey.
Horrible Bosses 2 is Jamie Foxx and Cristoph Waltz's second film together. They have earlier acted in Django Unchained.
This is also the third time Jennifer Aniston and Jason have shared screen-space. They were earlier seen together in Horrible Bosses and We're The Millers.
This is the first time in her entire career that Jennifer Aniston has acted in a film's sequel.
Nick, Kurt and Dale first announce their invention - the Shower Buddy - on a live TV show. They almost bungle the whole thing by arguing about the name of the device. However, in the end they do end up bungling it thanks to dropping the 'N' word unwittingly in front of the TV show co-host who is African American. Anyways, despite all of this, they manage to catch the attention of a tycoon. They first meet his arrogant son Rex in his office who makes the initial offer to buy out the rights to their company. They refuse as they have dreamed of being their own bosses. However, Hanson Sr enters and makes them a deal. He orders 100,000 Shower Buddy units from them. The three are elated. They rent office space, a manufacturing unit and people to work for them, confident that they will more than recover their expenses.
When they fulfill the order of 100,000 units, they meet Bert at a golf course where the latter drops a bombshell. He says the deal is off. He wants to see them get bankrupt, after which he will purchase what they have manufactured for a pittance. This is how he dupes them. Nick, Kurt and Dale are now panic stricken, not to mention debt-ridden. They try to think of various ways to get back at Bert and then come upon a plan that will have some big consequences - they decide to kidnap Rex and ask for a $500,000 ransom. First, they drop into a dentist's office (Dr Harris) to steal a cylinder of nitrus oxide, which they plan to use to sedate Rex while he is sleeping and then kidnap him. However, the plan goes wrong and Harris comes back while they are inside, to have a meeting with her sex addiction group. A guard who is also in the group catches Nick loitering in around and thinks he is new to the group. So Harris invites him in and soon after a spirited discussion, dismisses everyone else and has sex with him in her dentist's chair. After all of this, the three head to Rex's place and somehow bungle the procedure and put themselves to sleep while they wait for Rex to go to bed.
Rex actually finds them and then fakes his own kidnapping, much to their shock. He tells them that he is in on their plan and will not report them to the police if they go along with an increased ransom figure of $5 million of which they get $1 million. They make the call but Rex is hurt when he realizes that his dad would rather see him dead and call the cops than go along with the ransom note. So they take it a step further. The cops are now involved anyway, so he puts forward a bold hostage plan that involves Bert dropping off a duffel bag of cash at a predetermined location. However, when Bert does meet Nick, Kurt and Dale at a basement where the police cannot track them, Rex shoots and kills Bert. Rex then tells the three that he has double crossed them - he wanted to kill Bert anyways and frame them so he goes scot free and gets his inheritance too. However, Dean Jones, who they had taken advice from earlier, comes to their help and tells them that they can still lead the cops to Rex instead of them. After a car chase with the cops, there is a showdown at a warehouse where Rex bungles up his alibi. The cops nab him. Dale is shot while trying to help the police, but recovers later on. Their business is bought up but the new owner keeps them financially afloat and they are thus able to still pursue their dream of being their own bosses.