2.5/5 It's very middling, with a LOT of jokes that just don't land. But Kate McKinnon really starts to bring the laughs when she lets her wild side out in the second half. A wasted opportunity, ultimately. The Night Before did it better a year ago.
Well cast holiday comedy with a pretty good laugh quotient throughout. While its not the type that inspires watching again it was worth a few chuckles. TJ Miller best in show here with another nasty turn by Jennifer Aniston cementing her 'horrible boss' side career.
This was a very entertaining film with a lot of insanity and laughs and even some heart too with Bateman, Miller, Munn, and Aniston playing their on screen stereotypes so well and some other great supporting parts from McKinnon and Corddry and the many others that grace this funny little film. It may not be much but it'll make you laugh.
What's ultimately nice (and the saving grace) is the usual suspects of supporting actors in comedies (T.J. Miller, Kate McKinnon, Rob Corddry, Jillian Bell) are pushed to the forefront here, and that pleasantly disrupts the ordinary and disproportionate focus on people like Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston. This Project X for the holidays, which is either a warning or faint praise depending on how you look at it.
I've said it before, but I'll say it again; when a comedy has a gag-reel over the end credits, it's a clear indication that the filmmakers knew their movie sucked, and thus they've slapped on the gag-reel as a sort of apology; "we're awfully sorry that the movie you just paid to see was terrible, but here's a ""hilarious"" gag-reel to compensate"!. Filmmakers, the gag-reel makes it worse - salt in the wound!.