“Office Christmas Party” (Paramount)
By Catholic News Service
To impress a potential client (Courtney B. Vance) who thinks their company suffers from low employee morale, the laid-back branch manager (T.J. Miller) and chief tech officer (Jason Bateman) of a family-owned Internet firm defy the orders of their uptight CEO (Jennifer Aniston), who is also the manager’s sister, by going ahead with the office Christmas party she had ordered them to cancel. Predictably, things get out of hand with destruction and debauchery running rampant.
Directors Will Speck and Josh Gordon’s sleazy soiree is a regrets-only affair that aims to amuse viewers with gags about unwitting narcotics use, a call girl (Abbey Lee) posing as a geek’s (Karan Soni) girlfriend and group sex in a bathroom stall.
Brief sacrilegious humor, strong sexual content, including full nudity and implied aberrant behavior, drug use, a prostitution theme, several uses of profanity, pervasive rough and crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is O — morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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