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Office Christmas Party (2016)

R | | Comedy | 9 December 2016 (USA)
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When his uptight CEO sister threatens to shut down his branch, the branch manager throws an epic Christmas party in order to land a big client and save the day, but the party gets way out of hand...

Directors:

Josh Gordon, Will Speck

Writers:

Jon Lucas (story by), Scott Moore (story by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Bateman ... Josh Parker
Olivia Munn ... Tracey Hughes
T.J. Miller ... Clay Vanstone
Jennifer Aniston ... Carol Vanstone
Kate McKinnon ... Mary
Courtney B. Vance ... Walter Davis
Jillian Bell ... Trina
Rob Corddry ... Jeremy
Vanessa Bayer ... Allison
Randall Park ... Fred
Sam Richardson ... Joel
Karan Soni ... Nate
Jamie Chung ... Meghan
Abbey Lee ... Savannah
Da'Vine Joy Randolph ... Carla
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Storyline

When the CEO (Jennifer Aniston) tries to close her hard-partying brother's branch, he (T.J. Miller) and his Chief Technical Officer (Jason Bateman) must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Party like your job depends on it.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, drug use and graphic nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA | India

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

9 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Office Christmas Party See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,890,204, 11 December 2016

Gross USA:

$54,767,494

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$114,501,299
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Both actresses Kate McKinnon (Mary) and Vanessa Bayer (Allison) are cast members of Saturday Night Live (1975). See more »

Goofs

During the "when I say 'Zeno', you say 'Tek'" rap, the Santa hat Walter holds moves from his left hand to his right hand between shots. See more »

Quotes

Jeremy: Mary just fucking cited me! Okay? I thought this was a party. If I want to dick tap Alan, I'm gonna dick tap Alan. That's a timeless gag! Never not funny!
Josh Parker: [tries to shoo him away] Okay, off you go.
Jeremy: She is like a poisonous fucking cloud of shit gas, like, just seeping into everybody's good time. Every word she says makes my fucking hemorrhoids throb! I want that on the record!
Josh Parker: It is.
[Jeremy leaves]
Walter Davis: He's in customer service?
Josh Parker: Yeah. He's much better on the phone.
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Crazy Credits

The first part of the closing credits features stills, outtakes, and alternative lines. See more »

Connections

References Shark Tank (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Get Ridiculous
Written by Redfoo (as Stefan K. Gordy) and Brandon Garcia (as Brandon M. Garcia)
Performed by Redfoo (as Redfoo)
Courtesy of Interscope Records
under license for Universal Music Enterprises
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Bateman & Munn give a clinic in "grounding"
10 March 2017 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

If you study film, you know that entire texts have been written on the importance of "grounding" in a script.

The ground, also known as the glue, is the character that the viewer finds most relatable, most sympatico, when the story itself starts fray around the edges. Which is not to say that all scripts require a strong ground or glue, merely that the more outrageous scripts, the scripts with the least internal cohesion, require as much ground as they can get.

Which brings us to OFFICE XMAS PARTY, one of the more blatant examples of a "spaghetti on the wall" script. In other words, not a lot of fine tuning was done to get this baby ready for shooting day. The writers just took every gag they could think of, threw it against the wall, and then waited to see what stuck.

Some of it stuck, most did not.

But Bateman and Munn hold the film together by holding the attention of the viewer. In fact, they are so effortless at it that, every now and then, for just a split second, you almost think they are acting in another movie entirely, a romcom in which they are the only characters, and you are imagining the other 400 extras in this overdone extravaganza.

Is it funny? Not really. This reviewer laughed exactly once.

Is it engaging? Well, because of Bateman and Munn, actually it is.


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