Watching Office Christmas Party, it’s hard to escape the thought that it must have been written by one of those screenwriting duos behind most of today’s high concept comedies: Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (The Hangover Movies), Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg (Bad Teacher) or John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses).
I wasn’t too far off. In fact, Office Christmas Party has been written or rewritten by Lucas and Moore and Stupnitsky and Eisenberg, as well as Timothy Dowling (This Means War, Role Models), and three other writers. It’s one of those high concept movies that may be great or it may be horrible, but it will almost certainly live or die by the performances of the cast.
In that regard, it’s a goody bag of fun character actors, like T.J. Miller, Rob Corddry, Jillian Bell, Randall Park, Vanessa Bayer, Sam Richardson, and even Olivia Munn. It also stars Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, and Kate McKinnon, which is a truly bizarre combination of talent.
Courtney B. Vance may steal the trailer, however, in the last 10 seconds.
Also, could someone remake Kissing Jessica Stein with McKinnon and, say, Rachel Bloom? You know, for reasons.