- 'PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR'
Horrible Bosses 2 Here’s a drinking game in the making: Every time a member of the incoming Congress pays lip service to the sacrifices of the working man and woman, you and your friends have to act out a scene from Horrible Bosses. Heck, by the time the new GOP majority has finally drafted legislation making all collective bargaining illegal, maybe we’ll have moved on to quoting Horrible Bosses 2. Honestly, signs are somewhat mixed for this sequel, with director Seth Gordon not deigning to return – although his replacement, Sean Anders, did co-write the very funny We’re the Millers, whose Jennifer Aniston is back on board for this second bossy bitch-fest. (Or is it a bitchy boss-fest?) The plot finds our heroes going into business themselves, but within a startup environment so cutthroat that they have to resort to kidnapping in order to stay afloat. Sounds timely, all right: I sure wish somebody would fit that Papa John for cement overshoes. Either way, this is bound to be the most fun you can have at a movie that was produced by Brett Ratner. (Now there’s a marketplace untouched by the dirty hand of competition.) (R)
Penguins of Madagascar It’s a good thing you checked in here before throwing down with this movie, because you could have ended up hopelessly confused. Penguins, see, is a direct sequel to Madagascar 3, and as such has nothing to do with the TV series The Penguins of Madagascar, which follows its own continuity. There! Don’t you feel fully prepared now? And doesn’t discussing the “continuity” of animated Antarctic birds make you want to impale yourself on a dried-out herring? Well, cheer up: Imagine what sort of arcana you’re going to have to ingest to have a chance at the RPG. (PG)