Release Date: November 26, 2014 (US)
Director: Sean Anders
Writters: Sean Anders, John Morris, Jonathan M. Goldstein, John Francis Daley
Jamie Foxx as: Dean “Motherfucker” Jones
Co-Stars: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston
Runtime: 108 min
Rated: R for strong crude sexual content and language throughout
Production budget: $42 million (estimated)
Box office: $106.6 million
Links: Imdb – Official Site
Kurt, Nick and Dale (Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman and Charlie Day) decide to start their own business but things don’t go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme.
Jamie Foxx’s Character
Dean “Motherfucker” Jones is the enigmatic, scalp-tatted ex-con whose counsel the guys first sought in Horrible Bosses, and who is still their tenuous link to what they imagine is some kind of seething underworld they know nothing about. In fact, as Jones sagely states, the three of them – with attempted murder already behind them and a kidnapping in the works – are the most badass crazy criminals he’s ever known in his life.
For Jones, the problem is that they’re trying to have it both ways: maintaining their squeaky clean, regular-Joe personas while driving around with a carload of rope and duct tape.
Says Foxx, “Jones started out as a kind of murder consultant and has evolved into a motivator. It’s a tough love thing. He’s trying to let them know that they don’t necessarily need his advice anymore, they just need to stop messing around. They need to own and embrace the criminals that they are and get on with it. It was like a halftime speech and Jones was the coach, saying, ‘You gotta go out there and bring this thing home.'”
Jones proved such a rich character and fan favorite in the first film that his role was expanded in the sequel, “taking him out of his favorite bar booth where he regularly transacts business and getting him into a car chase, among other things,” Sean Anders says.
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- This is the second film to co-star Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz. They previously appeared together in Django Unchained (2012).
- Sudeikis stated in an interview that they wanted to put a gag in the film, where Jamie Foxx’s character says to the Nick, Curt, and Dale, “You crackers got to go. I have three other crackers coming in”, and as the trio get up to leave, the three characters from The Hangover movies come and sit at the booth. They later decided against it, because it would take the audience out of the movie. Zack Galifianakis and Ed Helms (Alan and Stu from the Hangover Films) later heard about this and thought the idea was hilarious.
“Jamie has such an effortless way of being funny. He’s an incredible actor, he sings, and he comes from a sketch comedy and improv background, so he’s just one of those guys who can do it all, a consummate performer. There was no question that he could keep up with the Bateman-Day-Sudeikis onslaught and he does, and he’s amazingly funny, sometimes with just a look or a pause.” – Sean Anders