"Intense Sibling Rivalry Leads to Comical Chaos"
OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY is a wildly raunchy comedy about a corporate office branch that has to throw a wild Christmas party to win a client whose business can prevent massive layoffs OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY has a very strong pagan worldview with abundant strong foul language and other graphic and crude content, alcohol abuse, and references to cocaine, mixed with some light moral, redemptive elements that eventually create a happy ending.
The story follows the misadventures at the Chicago branch of a high-tech company called Zenotek. The branch is in danger of being shut down due to the insanely intense sibling rivalry between the company’s female CEO, Carol Vanstone (Jennifer Aniston), and her brother, Clay (T.J. Miller), who runs the branch. Carol is a cheap shrew who challenges the hard-partying Clay with the prospect that, if he can’t close a $14 million deal in the next two days, the entire branch will be shut down on top of her already canceling the office Christmas party and all staff bonuses.
Clay, his chief technical officer, Josh (Jason Bateman), and Josh’s right-hand woman, Tracey (Olivia Munn), meet with the potential client representative, Walter Davis (Courtney B. Vance), but Walter’s bored by them. So, he tells them he’s turning them down because their corporate culture seems toxic. In a desperate attempt to win him over and save their office, the trio immediately hatches an impromptu scheme to throw the greatest office Christmas party of all time in the hopes of wowing Walter and closing the deal.
At first, the staid Walter isn’t impressed, and he opts to leave once Clay challenges him to swing off a balcony using a strand of Christmas lights. However, then he accidentally gets a face full of cocaine blown directly at him when the company’s HR head Mary (Kate McKinnon) accidentally stuffs a baggie of the illicit powder into the fake-snow machine. As a result, the evening turns into the wildest Christmas party ever. This all happens at the same time a sudden snowstorm strands Carol from making her planned trip to Europe, which leads her to discover the party she’s expressly forbidden.
What happens from there follows a well-worn formula on the surface, but this “Party” knows how to kick things up a notch, mostly because of its well-known cast. Aside from the aforementioned stars, Rob Corddry of “The Daily Show” and “Children’s Hospital” fame, “SNL” star Vanessa Bayer, and Randall Park of ABC’s hit sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat,” all appear.
Directors Will Speck and Josh Gordon (“Blades of Glory” and the underrated “The Switch”) handle all the mayhem with great energy, but the final third starts to feel exhausting. However, though well made for its genre, OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY has plenty of troubling, graphic content played for laughs.
There is frequent foul language, several very dirty jokes about sexual behavior, implied perverse sex, and some explicit nudity. Comic violence includes several knockdown, drag out fights played for laughs between the sibling CEO and her branch-manager brother. There are also many scenes of rampant drinking and drunkenness, as well as cocaine use played for laughs. However, there are some positive elements as the brother and sister touchingly reconcile at the end and the brother prays sincerely to God for help in saving the employees’ jobs. The prayer scene is a nicely written scene where the brother also pays tribute to his late father.
Even so, however, truly media-wise viewers will still want to avoid this OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY.
(PaPaPa, B, C, Ab, LLL, VV, SSS, NNN, AAA, DD, MM) Very strong immoral pagan worldview in a wildly raunchy comedy about a corporate office branch that has to throw a wild Christmas party to win a client, whose business can prevent massive layoffs, with light moral, Christian elements (man prays to God and sister and brother reconcile at the end), and some sacrilegious, sometimes borderline moments intended for comedy, such as baby is seen after he’s hired to play the Baby Jesus in an office Nativity scene, four men are hired to pose as three wise men, and Jesus, man dressed as Jesus says, “It’s His birthday,” and later the grown Jesus impersonator is seen riding a horse in slow motion through the wreckage, his robes billowing; at least 148 obscenities (more than 100 “f” words) and several GD profanities; strong comic violence includes call girl’s female pimp repeatedly threatens a man with a gun, female CEO engages both bad guys and her nice goofball brother in comically vicious wrestling matches and fights in two different scenes, someone throws an office machine out of a window in the office’s high-rise building, others commit comic destruction by sledding down staircases or doing an indoor slip and slide, and a wildly destructive car chase throughout Chicago, resulting in huge crashes; strong sexual content includes depicted sodomy with rear male nudity of a man with a woman, many crude sexual jokes, people drink eggnog from a nude ice sculpture implying oral sex, implied sex is seen as groups of three to five people are found in bathroom stalls in quick images, and a man reveals he has a fetish for being treated like and acting like a baby as fantasy behavior during sex, which shocks the woman to whom he’s speaking; extreme nudity when male organ is placed on a copier as a joke, shots of upper female nudity, and shots of rear nudity; massive drunkenness and overconsumption of alcohol is shown throughout; no smoking tobacco, but cocaine is shown being snorted briefly, and the company’s straight-laced HR woman accidentally puts a plastic baggie full of cocaine into a snow-making machine, and it blows directly into the face of the man whose business account they’re hoping to win, and he then parties on all night singing, rapping and dancing, thus making cocaine use humorously positive; and, strong miscellaneous immorality as sister is mean to her brother, a married couple in the office bring their 2-year-old son to the wild Christmas party against all moral reason, and he’s seen running unsupervised through the wreckage the next morning,
OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY is a wildly raunchy comedy. The story follows the misadventures at the Chicago branch of a high-tech company called Zenotek. The branch may have to be closed due to the insanely intense sibling rivalry between the company’s female CEO, Carol, and her brother, Clay, who runs the branch. Carol has nixed all Christmas bonuses and the annual Christmas party. However, Clay finds a client, who likes to party and who can save the branch, but he has to keep the office Christmas party a secret from Carol.
The filmmakers and cast handle the comic mayhem in OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY with energy, but the third act starts to feel exhausting. Though the movie’s well made for its genre, its pagan worldview has plenty of troubling, graphic content played for laughs. There’s abundant foul language and other lewd, graphic content, plus excessive substance abuse. However, OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY has some surprising moral, redemptive elements. Clay says a touching prayer at one point and eventually reconciles with Carol. Even so, truly media-wise viewers will still want to avoid this OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY.