In Office Christmas Party, Jennifer Aniston wants to cancel Christmas — or at least, cancel the yearly office party, along with everyone’s jobs. There are a few things about the movie that give us hope: a fantastic cast and some aspirationally insane party antics (it’s not a surprise that the movie is based off of a story from Hangover co-writer Jon Lucas). T.J. Miller and Kate McKinnon are going to very assuredly be delightful, with Aniston and Jason Bateman playing their foils as the straight men (or in Aniston’s case, the meany boss).
What gives us some pause, though, is the familiar feeling the cameo-stuffed trailer gives of movies like Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve, even Movie 43. Just because you throw a ton of celebrities together in a movie and have some slow-mo shots and raunchy antics doesn’t mean it’s going to equal a hit. On the other hand, there’s Jillian Bell and Courtney B. Vance. I am cautiously optimistic.
Check out the new trailer below:
The new trailer gives a little more context into how the party comes to be, and what it could mean for the beleaguered branch of the company (I also like Aniston and Miller playing siblings, as entirely unlikely as it is). But it also adds those hinky elements of: Will a Christmas miracle take place and save everybody’s jobs? Will Aniston’s uptight corporate manager learn to loosen up and just give in to the love? This is where the movie loses me … but we’ll see.
Office Christmas Party also stars Vanessa Bayer, Olivia Munn, Rob Corddry, Jamie Chung, Randall Park and Karan Soni, and is set to premiere in early December.
Here’s the official synopsis for Office Christmas Party, along with some newly released posters:
In OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY, when the CEO tries to close her hard-partying brother’s branch, he 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.