If I were being uncharitable, we’d say Office Christmas Party looks like something some sort of "Raunchy Party Movie Generator" computer program might spit out. Ribald shenanigans? Check. A perfunctory “slobs vs snobs” “plot”? Check. Sexual debauchery, drunken urination, ACTUAL toilet humor? Check ³.
I mean, this movie probably wasn't made by robots. It’s probably just some kind of tax write-off and is not, despite all appearances, a weird A.I. interpretation of “raunchy comedy.” But for real, this literally looks like machines were commanded to make a movie with the edict, “create a film about an office Christmas party.” And the machines were literal as fuck about it. Shit, look at the title screen.
It's a chilling possibility.
Again, if you’re feeling uncharitable you might think those things. But I’m not feeling uncharitable. I’m feeling the opposite of that. And I see TJ Miller and Kate McKinnon doing their respective things, both of which are usually fun. I see a human man doing the rap air horn sound (never not hilarious). And I see Courtney B. Vance doing Jackass-type physical comedy, which is a thing I didn’t even know I needed, but now know that I do. If this is in fact a computer-generated comedy, created from intricate algorithms fed into a machine, maybe this is one of those times when science is improving life on earth.
So, best-case scenario, this thing is a hybrid of Caddyshack, Office Space, and High-Rise. That’s probably not ultimately, the case, but what we need now as a nation - as a world - is hope.
Office Christmas Party also stars Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Olivia Munn, Vanessa Bayer, Rob Corddry, and Sam Richardson. It opens on December 9th, and was directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck and not robots.