Office Christmas Party | Chicago Reader

Office Christmas Party

The title promises mayhem and sexual abandon, but this yuletide comedy is more like a Secret Santa gift you don't want. Jason Bateman plays it relatively straight as the steadiest executive at a Chicago tech firm run by bickering siblings Jennifer Aniston and T.J. Miller; before leaving town, the sister orders her brother to lay off 80 people, but once she's gone, he hatches a scheme to land a game-changing new client by showing him a good time at their annual holiday bash. The script isn't very funny, but the directing duo of Josh Gordon and Will Speck (Blades of Glory) have collected a large ensemble of capable players: Olivia Munn, Jamie Chung, Vanessa Bayer, Rob Corddry, Courtney B. Vance, Matt Walsh, and Kate McKinnon, contributing her usual wild-eyed weirdness as the company's uptight HR director ("I know why you went on medical leave," she warns one employee).

Credits

Directors:

  • Will Speck
  • Josh Gordon

Cast:

  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Jason Bateman
  • T.J. Miller
  • Kate McKinnon
  • Jillian Bell
  • Courtney B. Vance
  • Vanessa Bayer
  • Jamie Chung
  • Rob Corddry
  • Olivia Munn
  • Randall Park
  • Sam Richardson
  • Abbey Lee
  • Karan Soni

Producers:

  • Scott Stuber
  • Guymon Casady
  • Daniel Rappaport
  • Will Speck
  • Josh Gordon
  • Richard Vane
  • Matthew Hirsch
  • Beau Bauman

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