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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).
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.
“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.
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 not there?
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.
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