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Office Christmas Party has assembled a hell of a cast but the group proves unable to move beyond the ho-hum work from directing duo of Josh Gordon and Will Speck or the thin-yet-overstuffed, cliché-riddled screenplay to come up with consistent laughs.
Not quite a Christmas turkey, and not quite a sparkling glass of fizz either, this is intermittently funny. The meant-to-be-boring section, where everyone at the party is just looking glum, is boring and I sat there in the cinema just looking glum.
There are scant laughs in this rambunctious, overstuffed piece of boilerplate comedy that only seems to confirm that whatever software the studios are employing to create the scenarios for its comedies is grievously malfunctioning.
It's definitely a movie enhanced by a cinema viewing with a big audience and it has enough in it to feel that the escapism it tries to deliver. Just don't be surprised if you end up wanting to leave the party early.
The writers had a plum opportunity to satirize office stereotypes or make a salient point about them. But instead they went for the low-hanging fruit, expecting that audiences would look past the laziness.
Maybe it's because of all the depressing news... or ... the holidays and we are in dire need to see something lighthearted and, frankly, stupid right now, but this is temporarily satisfying. I guess that's all we can ask for this moment.