There’s more than a few stretches in Office Christmas Party when it shows the makings of being the funniest film of 2016, and feels like it could live up to its Die Hard meets The Hangover premise. Unfortunately, those moments don’t last nearly as long as they should, when Office Christmas Party all too often cuts away from the hilarious antics taking place throughout the titular “non-denominational holiday mixer” to move forward its plot or continue to drive home it’s cliche character relationships. In a film that should have just been content with the simplicity of its ridiculous premise, Office Christmas Party chooses instead to get too caught up in the minutia of its plot.
Picking up near the end of the year just when everyone is ready to punch out for the last time and rejoice in their annual holiday vacations, Office Christmas Party focuses on the employees and bosses of the Chicago branch of a large tech company named Zenotek. Led by T.J. Miller’s Clay Vanstone and Jason Bateman’s CTO, Josh Parker, everything starts to go haywire at the office when Clay’s sister, Carol (Jennifer Aniston), who’s also Zenotek’s interim CEO following the death of their father, threatens to not only shut down the branch altogether, but also demands that the end-of-the-year mixer be cancelled.