Not a year goes by without the release of a festive-themed ensemble comedy to cram up theaters. It’s a Hollywood tradition that stretches all the way back to National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and beyond, and one that will continue with the release of Office Christmas Party come December.
Acting as a welcome tonic to the R-rated shenanigans of Bad Santa 2, Josh Gordon and Will Speck’s star-studded romp is considered the more light-hearted of the two, centering on Jennifer Aniston’s CEO Carol Vanstone as she preps to shut down the company in the build up to the festive season. In a last-ditch effort to reverse their fortunes, Clay (T. J. Miller) and his Chief Technical Officer “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.”
There’s a real Horrible Bosses vibe peppered across all four clips – incidentally, Paramount rolled out the snippets to coincide with National Boss’ Day – which is no bad thing considering how financially successful both it and its sequel proved to be for New Line.
The RSVPs are in, the cameras are officially rolling – all that’s left now is for Josh Gordon and Will Speck to invite moviegoers to their inaugural Office Christmas Party. December 9 is the date for your diaries and also on board for the film are Jason Bateman, Vanessa Bayer, Jillian Bell, Jamie Chung, Rob Corddry, Abbey Lee, Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn, Karan Soni, Courtney B. Vance and Matt Walsh.