This season, Office Christmas Party will arrive to shake up holiday cinema’s typically PG lineup with a hefty dose of raunchy, adults-only humor. The forthcoming comedy comes from R-rated masterminds Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (Bad Moms, 21 & Over), who lend a Hangover-style twist to an innocent after work bash that quickly snowballs into a sordid bacchanal.
The film is toplined by a batch of Hollywood vets: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn, and TJ Miller all hold spots on the ensemble roster. Aniston stars as Carol Vanstone, a cold-hearted CEO who arrives at the struggling corporate branch helmed by her brother, Clay (Miller), to shut it down for good. He talks her into giving him a last-ditch chance to woo an affluent potential client, and decides an invite to their epic office party is the only way to seal the deal. Cue an off the rails night of alcohol-fueled debauchery.
Distributor Paramount Pictures has already offered two peeks at Office Christmas Party. But with the early December release date just around the corner, the studio has just put out a trio of brand new clips. The first two hinge around Carol and Clay’s classic brother-sister dynamics [see above]. First, Carol attempts to squash the idea of an office Christmas party—ahem, a non-denominational holiday mixer—only to have Clay not so discreetly wave off her authority. Then, the two end up in a mid-work wrestling match when Carol tries to start cutting costs (and jobs) [below]. The third video shines the spotlight on Saturday Night Live alum Vanessa Bayer (Trainwreck), who gets into a foul-mouthed phone argument with her ex [below].
Thus far, Office Christmas Party promises to be a fun but mindless trip to the theater. In the capable hands of its all-star cast, it’s sure to get a couple belly laughs, but it’ll have to pull out something a little fresher if it hopes to compete with its like-minded predecessors. Grown-ups acting like drunken frat stars has become a well-trod path within the last decade. Titles like Pineapple Express (2008) and The Hangover (2009) set the pace, and The Overnight (2015), Sisters (2015), and Bad Moms (2016) have nabbed the torch more recently.
Last year, The Night Before fared well at the box office but raked in mixed critical reviews. Office Christmas Party has the added challenge of contending with Bad Santa 2, which similarly puts rowdy antics against a holiday backdrop. Here’s to hoping Office Christmas Party can break up a bit of the monotony.