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Office Christmas Party directors talk film starring Jennifer Aniston, T.J. Miller

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Glen Wilson

The ultimate office bash is happening this Christmas at your local movie theater, and the invite list is stacked (Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller, Courtney B. Vance, Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn). In Paramount’s Office Christmas Party (out Dec. 9), things get out of corporate control when a branch manager (Miller) at a tech company goes to extreme lengths to impress a potential client (Vance)“What’s great about an office Christmas party is that it uncovers and reveals parts of your personality that you didn’t see coming,” says Will Speck, who directed the ensemble comedy with Josh Gordon (The Switch). “That’s why they’re ripe with comedy and danger.”  

While this party is likely loads more intense than any that you’ve ever been to, the directors say that it represents an idea that is universal to anyone who’s ever had a job. “We had been to a couple really awkward office Christmas parties, including one at our production company,” says Speck. “It’s just a really interesting place, an event that hadn’t really been captured. It’s definitely something everybody either has firsthand or secondhand experience with, because it’s the one event a year — lubricated by drugs or alcohol — that you are honest with your coworkers.”

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Sums up Gordon: “We spend 364 days a year surrounded by people who kind of are our family, but we never really get to meet them or break through with them. There is this tradition where one night a year, you do meet them, and it’s dangerous and it’s destructive, but ultimately, it might be the most important night of the year…. It’s a different kind of Christmas movie, because it’s life-affirming — but it’s really, really f—ed up.”

Glen Wilson

Aniston, Miller, Munn, and Vance, as well as Speck and Gordon, will appear at EW PopFest on Sunday, and they’ll come bearing gifts, including an exclusive sneak peek of the film. For event and ticket information, click here.

—Additional reporting by Will Robinson