Office Christmas Party (15)

Forget everything you think you know about office Christmas parties because this one is going to be off the hook. These guys work hard and party harder.

Clay Vanstone (T.J. Miller) is preparing for the annual Christmas party when his hard-ass sister and CEO (Jennifer Aniston) tells him that he and everyone at his branch are fired. His only chance to save the day is to close a last minute deal with a giant client.

Let’s get one thing straight right now. Clay is an idiot, the kind of man baby that would buy an arachnophobic a spider for their birthday. So when he’s tasked with saving the company it’s easy to understand why his Chief Technical Officer and best friend Josh (Jason Bateman) isn’t exactly filled with much Christmas cheer.

They meet with the client, Walter Davis (Courtney B. Vance) and while he’s impressed with their company,  he admits that their culture stinks. They don’t treat their staff well and it shows. In a bid to convince Walter that Zenotek is the company for him and save the day Clay decides throw the ultimate office Christmas party with no expense spared.

Josh’s co-workers include Mary (Kate McKinnon) a prudish Human Resources Administrator, Jeremy (Rob Corddry) the office jerk, Alison (Vanessa Bayer) a single mom who looks after everyone in the office and Tracy (Olivia Munn) who he has a humungous crush on. They all rally together to save the company, one shot at a time.

With an eggnog luge, resident DJ, a slip and slide, reindeer and a real-life nativity there no shortage of fun to be had.

Walter shows up at the party and isn’t too impressed. But after a few bevvies he’s singing a different tune. Can Clay and Josh convince him to sign on the dotted line and save the company?

Office Christmas Party is a holiday movie that’s definitely on the naughty list. It’s hilarious and despite is being as predictable as Boxing Day indigestion it just works. This is one party you don’t want to miss this Christmas.

By Ruth Walker

★★★★☆

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