Not so long ago, the office Christmas party was the long-awaited highlight of the year, an epic epic that blurred the lines between colleagues and friends, employees, and superiors in a stream of alcohol and drinking games.
And because of the consequences of this unrestrainedness after innumerable cats and weeks of tedious excuses for excuses, the staff departments spent decades working to transform these wild parties into the courteous, family-friendly, good-natured Christmas celebrations we know today.
“OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY is a retrospective of the less civilized time. It’s like looking at the skeleton of a Canis diro at Rancho La Brea, “says producer Scott Stuber. “The Christmas party nowadays is like a pug. It does not hurt anybody and is easy-to-look, but somewhere behind this cuddly surface is still the DNA of a wild beast. ”
“OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY is not a religious event,” says T. J. Miller, who plays Coney Vanstone, Zenotek’s branch director in Chicago. “It is rather a celebration of letting go, without the fear of telling the truth to his boss, because one could be fired for it.”
What the two directors Will Speck and Josh Gordon immediately inspired for the project was the idea of a magical night in the professional and social boundaries are not so precisely defined. “It is the one night of a year where wishes can come true, in which people tell themselves the truth, perhaps also with the help of drugs and alcohol,” says Speck. (more…)