Office Christmas Party

Director: Will Speck and Josh Gordon
Year Released: 2016
Rating: 2.5

Carol Vanstone (Jennifer Aniston), the Interim CEO of Zenotek, is determined to shut down the Chicago branch that's being managed by her brother Clay (T.J. Miller) - because their sales are lagging - so he, along with employees Josh (Jason Bateman) and Tracey (Olivia Munn), come up with a plan to spare no expenses and throw a huge Christmas bash in order to schmooze financier Walter Davis (Courtney B. Vance) into signing a contract with them ... but things go haywire (there's cocaine, gallons of booze, an angry pimp, an expensive escort, etc.).  I missed this when it first came out in '16, but I have to say Bateman's really made a steady career for himself acting as the "voice of reason" while surrounded by unstable individuals (most prominently in TV shows like Arrested Development and Ozark) and Aniston is surprisingly adept at playing against type (she may be flippant ... but has kind eyes).  It's not as funny as it thinks it is (or wants to be) and very frivolous, but still a nice addition to the growing list of off-beat Christmas comedies (with Bad Santa leading the pack).