Come Christmas time, it doesn’t seem like we have many films that you would normally expect to come out around this time of year. No family Christmas movies like Home Alone, Elf or Jingle All The Way. The norm these days seems to be to release a post teen-young adult based comedy that revolves around partying, drugs and alcohol. 2016 is no exception as we have Office Christmas Party! Following the trend of Christmas films from the past couple of years, it involves Alcohol, sex, drugs, violence, slapstick comedy and many stupid moments. What else would you expect from an American comedy?!? Normally the mixture of those ingredients in a film can cause it to be an absolute failure, but because it is revolved around Christmas, I feel like I have to let it off.
Office Christmas Party is what it says on the tin. It’s about a group of workers, who decide to have their Christmas party in their office. Apart from that, there really isn’t much else to the film. It does exactly what you expect it to do; entertain. Now it might not be necessarily the most entertaining comedy film of all-time, but it does manage to just keep me entertained through its short running time. Nothing amazing happens that really makes you burst into tears or find yourself short of breath like a comedy like Ted or 21 Jump Street does. It does the bare minimum to please the audience enough for them to walk away without thinking that they have wasted their money.
Boasting quite the cast including Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Olivia Munn, TJ Miller and Kate McKinnon, you would seem to think that one of these main actors would dominate. The answer to that is no. Not one of these actors, personally, dominated or had the scene stealing scenes. Surprisingly, it’s the majority of the supporting and more unknown cast that have the best scenes or steal the show. I personally think the majority of the cast were either written completely wrong for them or they just didn’t hit the mark. I honestly thought that TJ Miller really struggled to be on screen throughout the majority of the movie, as we are normally used to seeing him as bit parts in movies like Deadpool. Annoyingly, I really didn’t like Kate McKinnon in this film; I really thought she was incredibly unfunny, which is a huge shame because she was one of the only good things about the most recent Ghostbusters movie.
In a nutshell, Office Christmas Party delivers exactly what you expect from this kind of film. It doesn’t really push the boat out and try to do anything new or have anything that’s extremely funny. It’s very forgettable and not appealing to watch again anytime soon. But I was entertained, and to be fair, that was its one and only job. 3 out of 5 stars.