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Office Christmas Party is a 2016 American Christmas comedy film directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon and written by Justin Malen and Laura Solon, based on a story by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. The film stars an ensemble cast, including Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller, Jillian Bell, Vanessa Bayer, Courtney B. Vance, Rob Corddry, Kate McKinnon, and Jennifer Aniston.

The film was released on December 9, 2016, by Paramount Pictures. It grossed $114 million worldwide.


Josh Parker, Chief Technology Officer of Zenotek in Chicago, finalizes his divorce and goes to work. The interim CEO Carol Vanstone arrives to notify Josh and branch manager, Clay Vanstone that the company has failed to meet its new quarterly quota. She threatens to lay off 40% of their employees, cut bonuses, and cancel the annual Christmas party. Carol and Clay are siblings having recently lost their father, the former CEO. Clay is desperate to keep his staff and to pay out employee bonuses however, Carol resenting Clay as their dad s favorite, threatens to shut down the branch.

Josh, Clay, and Tracey Hughes, Chief of Research and Development, inform Carol that they have a meeting with financial giant Walter Davis later in the day so Carol gives them a last chance. Walter likes the pitch, but is concerned, fearing they care more about the budget than their people. Clay invites him to the Christmas party, hoping to show him their company is stable with a healthy employee environment. On the way to the airport Carol stops by Josh s apartment to offer him a position working for her at the New York headquarters at twice his current salary.

Clay funds an exorbitant Christmas party, vexing Mary, head of Human Resources. The party struggles to pick up even with Chicago Bulls player Jimmy Butler present. Initially reluctant, Walter is accidentally doused with cocaine and he livens up. Various employees also cut loose: Nate hired escort Savannah, to pretend to be his girlfriend; Clay s assistant and single mom Allison unsuccessfully tries to hook up with Fred; Jeremy cuts loose dancing with Mary, whom he previously despised. Josh and Tracey nearly kiss on the roof. As Clay wins over Walter, the celebration grows more and more chaotic, including orgies, damaging company property, with heavy alcohol and drugs.

Carol s flight is cancelled due to weather, and she rushes back when she hears about the party from her Uber driver as the party is now the talk of the town with many non-employees in attendance. Though initially impressed with receiving Walter s business, he injures himself attempting to swing off a balcony. It is revealed that Walter was fired from his firm earlier, nullifying the contract and leaving Zenotek helpless. Carol decides to immediately shut down the branch.

Carol then loudly mentions her job offer to Josh to everyone, especially Clay. Despite stating he didn t accept it, he is angrily shunned. Tracey was also given an offer by Carol but explicitly rejected it, where he kept it open. Feeling betrayed, Clay rushes off with Savannah s unstable pimp, Trina, to party elsewhere, though she is more interested in robbing him of his wealth which he has on his person. Josh, Tracey, Mary, and ultimately Carol race to save him.

Hearing the branch is being terminated instigates a riot, destroying everything in sight. Josh authorizes security guard Carla to shut down the party. Clay races Trina s car towards an opening drawbridge, attempting to jump the gap, a feat he d earlier mentioned to Josh. Driving Mary s minivan alongside him, Josh tries to convince Clay not to jump, but he is still upset. Convinced he s a failure he still wants to jump, dead or alive. After everyone fails to convince Clay to pull over, Josh threatens to join him, and Clay agrees. Scared of dying, Carol takes the wheel, swerving into Clay s car and causing him to veer off and crash into an internet hub, disconnecting the entire city.

Trina and Savannah are arrested, while Clay is taken to the hospital. The internet blackout, inspires Tracey to implement an innovation combining internet Wi-Fi with wire connections through the power grid, which had previously failed. They race back to the destroyed office to set up her tech, it works and internet is restored to Chicago.

The innovation saves the entire branch, with Clay apologizing for how his father treated Carol. Walter, in the same hospital, agrees to join the team. Josh and Tracey kiss amidst the ruins of the office. Jeremy opens up to Mary, and Nate and Allison agree to go on a date. Everyone meets Carol and Clay at the hospital, and they all go out for breakfast, driving recklessly on the way.


  • Jason Bateman as Josh Parker, Chief of Technical Advancement, Zenotek Chicago
  • Olivia Munn as Tracey Hughes, Chief of R&D, Zenotek Chicago
  • T.J. Miller as Clay Vanstone, Head of Zenotek Chicago
  • Jennifer Aniston as Carol Vanstone, interim CEO of Zenotek
  • Kate McKinnon as Mary Winetoss, the human resources representative of Zenotek
  • Jillian Bell as Trina, a pimp
  • Courtney B. Vance as Walter Davis, representative of a huge financial company
  • Vanessa Bayer as Allison Parker, Clay s assistant
  • Rob Corddry as Jeremy Parker, customer service supervisor
  • Karan Soni as Nate Winetoss, IT director
  • Sam Richardson as Joel, who serves as DJ during the party
  • Randall Park as Fred, a new employee
  • Abbey Lee as Savannah, an escort
  • Jamie Chung as Meghan
  • Da Vine Joy Randolph as Carla, the security guard
  • Fortune Feimster as Lonny, the Uber Driver
  • Matt Walsh as Ezra, Josh s divorce lawyer
  • Ben Falcone as Doctor
  • Chloe Wepper as Kelsey, one of the office workers
  • Oliver Cooper as Drew, one of Nate s staff members
  • Adrian Martinez as Larry, one of the office workers
  • Erick Chavarria as Alan, one of the office workers
  • Andrew Leeds as Tim, one of Nate s staff members
  • Jimmy Butler as himself
  • Michael Tourek as Alexei


In 2010, Guymon Casady approached Will Speck and Josh Gordon with an original idea of his, to make a movie about a holiday office party. They subsequently set the concept up at DreamWorks Pictures, and it was later rewritten by Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky, and Laura Solon. On February 19, 2016, it was announced that Speck and Gordon would also direct the film to be distributed by Paramount Pictures, which would star Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller, and Kate McKinnon. On March 8, 2016, Randall Park joined the film, and Olivia Munn was cast on March 17. On April 4, 2016, Abbey Lee Kershaw joined the cast. Karan Soni, Da Vine Joy Randolph, and Jamie Chung were added on April 5, 2016, and on April 6, 2016, Rob Corddry, Andrew Leeds, and Oliver Cooper were cast as well.

Principal photography on the film began late March 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. In early April, filming took place in Chicago, Illinois, and after that production moved to Hiram, Georgia, where it shot from April 19 to June 1, 2016.

On casting Aniston in the film, Gordon stated, We created this character for Jennifer because she s absolutely fearless when it comes to playing somewhat unlikeable characters in comedies. For her, the more daring the role, the better.


Office Christmas Party was released in the United States on December 9, 2016, by Paramount Pictures. Paramount also distributed it internationally, except in several territories where Mister Smith Entertainment handled sales, including the United Kingdom and Australia, where it was handled by Entertainment One.


Box office

Office Christmas Party grossed $54.8 million in the United States and Canada and $59.7 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $114.5 million, against a production budget of $45 million.

Office Christmas Party was released alongside The Bounce Back and the wide expansions of Miss Sloane and Nocturnal Animals, and was expected to gross $13–15 million from 3,210 theaters in its opening weekend. It went on to make $16.9 million in its opening weekend, finishing second at the box office and on par with recent R-rated comedies like How to Be Single and Sisters. The opening weekend audience was 56% male, and 83% was over the age of 25.

Critical response

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Office Christmas Party received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 41% based on 185 reviews and an average rating of 4.9/10. The site s critical consensus reads, Its cast of gifted comics is good for a handful of laughs, but Office Christmas Party s overstuffed plot ultimately proves roughly as disappointing as its clichéd gags and forced sentimentality. On Metacritic, the film had a weighted average score of 42 out of 100 based on 35 critics, indicating mixed or average reviews . Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of B on an A+ to F scale. Vanity Fair critic Jordan Hoffman gave the film a positive review, highlighting several comedic performances by the ensemble cast.

Home media

The film was released on Digital HD on March 21, 2017, before being released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 4, 2017.

In Germany the title was changed for the home release, with the film named Dirty Office Party.

Year 2016
ReleaseDate 2016-12-09
RuntimeMins 105
RuntimeStr 1h 45min
Plot When his uptight CEO sister threatens to shut down his branch, the branch manager throws an epic Christmas party in order to land a big client and save the day, but the party gets way out of… Read all
Awards Awards, 1 win & 1 nomination
Directors Josh Gordon, Will Speck
Writers Jon Lucas, Scott Moore, Timothy Dowling
Stars Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller
Produced by Holly Bario,Beau Bauman,Guymon Casady,Josh Gordon,Matthew Hirsch,Daniel Rappaport,Will Speck,Scott Stuber,Kevin K. Vafi,Richard Vane
Music by Theodore Shapiro
Cinematography by Jeff Cutter
Film Editing by Jeff Groth,Evan Henke
Casting By Jeanne McCarthy,Leslie Woo
Production Design by Andrew Laws
Set Decoration by Daniel B. Clancy,Tanja Deshida,Jenn Sandel
Costume Design by Karen Patch
Makeup Department Brynn Berg,Leay Cangelosi,Reggie Doss,David Forrest,Teresa Foshee,O’Dena Gibson,Adruitha Lee,Chris McMillan,Zsofia Otvos,Judy Ponder-Patton,Paige Reeves,Robin Siegel,Thomas Terhaar,Dawn Turner,Dayvid Wilson,Gary Archer,Suzanna Boykin,Gigi Collins,Selena Evans-Miller,Jennifer Hodges,Michealle Vanderpool,Todd Watson,Mi Young
Production Management Alex Gillespie,Mark Graziano,Kelly Helstrom,Justin Ostensen
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Jason Dusenske,E.J. Foerster,Austin Harpole,Steve Love,Todd Manes,R. Ben Parker,Gregory J. Pawlik Jr.,Darin Rivetti,Zack Smith,Trevor Tavares
Art Department Jesse J. Adams,Lizbeth Aguilar,Justin Allmett,Terry Baughman,John Bradley,Carrie Cantwell,Charles Cape,Adam Chambers,Amanda Cornell,John Day,Ricky Dear,Matt Dempsey,Brett Fahle,Brenda Findley,Tyler Free,Kemper Harris,James Hartnett,Jordan Heath,Becky Hightower,Mark Hughes,Patrick S. Johnson,Calvin Jones,David G. Jones,Lisa Justis,Daniel Lamantia,Mark Larkin,Carmen Luse,Sean Mannion,Thomas Mannion,Alicia Marchand,Chuck McCourt,Brett McGinnis,Jenn McLaren,Joseph Nadeau,Rob Nagy,Laura Petralia,Jami Primmer,Jamie Rama,Sebastian Rennella,Marco Rubeo,Robbie Sammons,Marlow Sanchez,Chris Settani,Larry Szymanowski,Debra Toppel,Scott Troha,Joe Voltolin,Matt Ward,Vince Wei,C. Travis Williams,Renée Leventis
Sound Department Steve C. Aaron,Anna Behlmer,Tyler Blythe,Russell Farmarco,Eric Flickinger,Paul Flinchbaugh,Luis Galdames,Judah Getz,Bill Higley,Robert Jackson,David Jobe,Elliott Koretz,Bob Lacivita,Daniel Lepervanche,Michael Miller,Chris Navarro,Emma O’Reardon,Terry Porter,Cassidi Spurlock,Tami Treadwell,Robert Vardaros
Special Effects by Douglas Calli,Andre Christopoulos,Thomas Hamaker,Jeremy Hays,Jamie Lyn Kackert,J.J. Madaris,Nick Miller,Anthony J. Noe,Elia P. Popov,Chad Pruett,M Quinn,Andi Sowers,Dieter Sturm,Yvonne Sturm,Chris L. Ward
Visual Effects by Lenora Acidera,Cortney Armitage,Jason Arrieta,Scott Balkcom,Tricia Barrett,Geoffrey Basquin,Christopher Batty,Michael Baula,Danny Bergeron,Wasselena Bilak,Rigel Bowen,Erik Bruhwiler,Noël Caizergues,Patrick Canning,Huey Carroll,Korey J. Cauchon,Dan Charbit,Kfir Cohen,Luke Colson,Patrice Cormier,Louise Corry,Evelyne Cote,Rosa Debals-Gonthier,Ayse Dedeoglu,Maxime Dontigny,Todd Dufour,Guillaume Floret,Jeremiah Forkkio,Aidan Fraser,Jason Funk,Francis Gagnon,Darnie Galloway,Shawn Griswold,Jacqueline Hagerty,Chris M. Halstead,Benjamin Hawkins,Jorge Heredia,Andréa Hervet,Petra Holtorf,Chen Kuang Hsu,Michael Larry Hutchinson,Giorgio Iovino,Jin Yong Kim,Christopher Kowal,Loic Laurelut,François Leduc,Natasha Leroux,Matthew Maners,Christelle Marcoux,Marc Massicotte,Richard Matsushita,Sophie Mayeux,L. Patrick McCormack,Tim Mendler,Julien Mercier,Tom Narey,Javier Nieto Moncó,Kelly O’Toole,Marc Ostroff,Tirza Oudolf,Stéphane Paradis,Clark Parkhurst,Mark Powers,Andres Rascon,Christopher Reid,Maude Rivard,Camila Robayo-Durán,William V. Ross,Nicolas Sabourin-Beausoleil,Marc Sadeghi,Edwin Santiago,Alvaro Segura,Ira Shain,Cristian Spagnuolo,Michael Struk,Thomas Tannenberger,Evangeline Teves Torres,Mathieu Tremblay,Frederick Neegan Trudel,Amy Vatanakul,Tsou Wen-Hsien,Félix Arsenault,Steve Beaucamp,Basile Durieux,Juan Carlos Huerta,André Léger,Rémy Normand,Johanne Phung
Stunts Casey Adams,Raul Alcocer,Ashlen Aquila,Jennifer Badger,Randy Beckman,Angela Bend,JoAnn Bernat,Grady Allen Bishop,Chad Bowman,Joe Bucaro III,Alvin Chon,Niko Dalman,Tobiasz Daszkiewicz,Keith Splinter Davis,Nick DeKay,Zack Duhame,Eddie J. Fernandez,Lance Gilbert,Daniel Hargrave,Kandis Hargrave,Sara Holden,Crystal Hooks,Scott Hunter,C.C. Ice,Duke Jackson,Dan Kairis,Matt LaBorde,Matthew LeFevour,Daniel Maldonado,Ronny Mathew,T. Ryan Mooney,Chris Nolte,Scott Philyaw,Greg Rementer,Kenny Richards,Corrina Roshea,Steve Rummenie,Ashley Rae Trisler,Amber Whelan,Thom Khoury Williams
Camera and Electrical Department Tim Armstrong,Christine Bernhard,Justin Bernhard,Mitch Blasingame,Chris Brow,Clyde E. Bryan,Jim Buford,Tom Burnett,Chad Burns,J.A. Byerly,Peter Lyons Collister,Kelly A. Croke,Guy D’Alema,Mike Dambra,Sway Davenport,Joshua Davis,Ross Davis,Jorge Del Valle,Dom DiDiana,Ekaterina Doldjeva,Michael Dzialowski,Scott Eagle,Robert W. Faison,Terry Fitzpatrick,Chase Flowers,Gene Fojtik,Mark J. France,John P. Friday,Drew Fulton,Bruce Giglio,Jeff Griffith,Edward ‘Gooch’ Gutierrez,Daniel Hanych,Steven Shorty Haralson,Jeff Harkes,Geoffrey Harper,Samuel R. Harrison III,Taylor Hart,Matthew Haskins,Marvin Haven,Brad Heiner,Tony Henley,Matthew A. Jahnke,Jason Johnson,Michael Jordan,Matthew J. Klann,Pete Klingenberg,Jeff LaBaume,Eric Leach,LeThomas Lee,BJ McDonnell,Jonathan McKeown,Duncan More,Craig Nix,Albert Omstead,Justin Painter,Jamie Pair,Dave Pawela,Steve Pittman,Joshua Ramos,Jorge Reyes-Ortiz,Nathan Rigaud,Manuel Manny Rivera,Malachi Roberts,Brian Romano,Jacob Ross,Tina Rowden,Sam Sage,Lu Sapien,Nick Seoane,Jose de Jesus Servin,John Slade,Andre Sobczak,Ryan Spacone,John Spellman,Danny Stephens,Lamar Still,Jerry Tran,Chad Vanko,Jeff Wallace,David Weninger,Court Wheeler,David Williamson,Bradley Everett Wilson,Glen Wilson,Riley Wood,Thomas Zimmerman
Animation Department Julie Jaros
Casting Department Mary Aldousary,Rachael Alexa,Amanda Bolger,Natalia Breslauer,Pamela A. Cain,Hannah Caruso,Jackie Dimitrief,Leslee Feldman,Tara Feldstein,Barbara Harris,Jessica Gisin Needham,Chase Paris,Kristina Robison,Sanaa Sayyed,Tammy L. Smith,Erin Stewart Tiedje
Costume and Wardrobe Department Caitlin ‘Cat’ Booth,Leslie Acton,Charlene Amateau,Erika Arnold,Sara Cobbeldick,Abby Coyne,Abby Cress,Libby Culligan,Sarah Downer,Dustin Fletcher,Andree Fortier,Aubrey Galeza,Briana Heavener,Sara Pope Hoffman,Samantha Inniss,Penny Johnson,Erinn Knight,Sarah P. Koeppe,Joanie Ming,Jazmine Motley-Maddox,Ashley Marie Parker,Tracey Rogers,Janet Marie Ross,Jamie Rush,Hilary Smiley,Hayley Stuppel
Editorial Department Travis Avitabile,Sara Beth Bennett,Cristobal Cheng,Justin DeLong,Pavel Dvorak,Erica Frauman,Chris Giuffrida,Michael Hatzer,Chris Jensen,Ladd Lanford,Chris McGregor,Gunnar McGrew,Josh McKiernan,Jeff Mee,Laura Minto,Jason Myres,Bob Peishel,Andrey Ragozin,Derek M. Schneider,Matthew Simmons,Michael Underwood,Chris Van Duyn,Cameron Weaver,Everette Webber,Denise Woodgerd,Jeff Wright,Christian Zak
Location Management Michael J. Burmeister,Jeff Crider,Brian L. Fairley,Andrew Galbraith,Kyle Hinshaw,James R. McAllister,Constance Nava,Lisa R. Reisman,Louis Rendemonti,Christopher R. Scott,Lenzi Sealy,Miguel Tapia
Music Department Jellybean Benítez,Tom Brown,Matt Chamberlain,John W. Chapman,Wade Culbreath,Tim Davis,Thomas S. Drescher,Chris Fogel,Dan Fornero,Mark Graham,David Harris,The Hollywood Studio Symphony,Gregory Jamrok,Jonathan Karp,Brian Kilgore,Victor Pesavento,Ben Powell,Naomi Sato,Julie Sessing,Andrew Synowiec,Thunderfist,Joe Zimmerman,Gina Zimmitti
Script and Continuity Department Jillian Amburgey,D.J. Barton,Will Freeman
Transportation Department Christopher Butler,Bryant Cain,Arthur C. Chesser,Kevin Dean,Jason Geigerman,Daniel F. Green,Brian Gregory,Dustin Hornsby,Kevin McClain,Paula Pierce,Jack Jay Reece,Vickie Raynor Robison,Randy Southerland,Timothy Stephens,Russ Tolliver,Kathleen Webster,Rebecca White,Hans Dieter Wolff
Additional Crew Ashley Adler,Cynthia Appleby,Nicole Basile,Alex Beaver,Rachel Behlmann,Quinton Bender,Romar Bennett,Rob Bergen,Elizabeth A. Bergman,Chloe Noel Birkenmeyer,Maryam Bitre,Drew Blau,David Blaxton Jr.,Genona Blue,Jeff Botelho,Heather Box,Michelle Brattson,Ashley Muncaster Brown,Dustin Brown,Matt Brown,Shakil Brown,Stephanie Brulloths,Bobby Burks,Lori Byars,Ken Cabrera,Pamela A. Cain,Steve Cainas,Kelly Carevic,Nicholas Carranza,Allison Cayo,Sameer Chopra,Will Clark,Chase Colwell,Mark Davis,Anna J. DeMildt,Dilip Dighe,Kyle Dunleavy,Stephanie Enderby,Gwen Everman,Brett Fahle,JC Farris,Rebecca Feldman,Skylar Felton,Benjamin Fertig,Bryce Fishman,Michael Franck,Christian Froude,William Galloway,Emelita T. Gonzalez,Carolyn Gross,Elizabeth Guiberteau,Jeff Hack,Joy Johaana Hamilton,Victoria Harding,Olayinka Hassan,Jordan Jansen,Jamison Jaquan,Peter Jarvis,Melissa Jimenez,Jossara Jinaro,Alexander Kaminer,Aaron Kelly,Daniel Castle King,Chad Kojouri,Molly Laughlin,Leslie Liao,Kathryn Lim,Andrew Lipschultz,Wing Liu,Danny Loeber,Nathaniel Lovell-Smith,Alison Maloof,Marlene Marks,Dan McDonough,Carolyn Mcguinness,Madison McIntyre,Taylor McPherson,Samuel Meadows,Hayley Mellish,Richard Momii,Keri Morgan,Eboni Nichols,Sam Nickelson,Coral Opem,Margaret J. Orlando,Blake Paris,Sarah Grace Parker,Jaimee Partain,Bryan Persichetti,Kendal Petty,Brian Podlasek,Cashman Powers,Carl S. Pyrdum Jr.,April Qualls,Joshua Ravetch,Matthew J. Reilly,Robin Reynolds,Jay Ridge,Alan Robbins,Stephanie Rosebrugh,Paul Ruffolo,Amish Shah,Beverley Simmons,Druscilla Smith,Tyler Smith,Dequita Tate,Kishawnna Terry,Margaret A. Thomas,Bobby Thompson,Nicole Tiernan,Taylor Vaughn,Daniel Villagomez,Shelby Q. Warren,Timothy Watson,Nathan Wind,Daniel Woods,Jackie Woodward,Tyler John Young,Valerie Zabriski,Antoinette Zavala,Nicole Ziobro,Michael Zussman,Adrienne Johnson,Gabrielle Levesque,Sean Newberg,Isaiah Smith,Johnny Stockard,Carlisle J Wright
Thanks Nico Gordon,Diane McArter,Krista Montagna,Kerry Norris,Dan Seaver,Laighton Speck
Genres Comedy
Companies DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment, Amblin Partners
Countries USA, India
Languages English, Russian
ContentRating R
ImDbRating 5.8
ImDbRatingVotes 80026
MetacriticRating 42
Keywords christmas party,group sex,sex on a desk,christmas,female nudity