“There were no rules,” said Olivia Munn at the Cinema Society screening of Josh Gordon and Will Speck’s Office Christmas Party at Landmark Sunshine Cinema in Manhattan last night. “In high school and college, I went to a lot of parties, and I feel like in this movie, because the studio gave us a green light to make an R-rated movie, we just really took that and ran with it,” she continued. “When you are at a party where anything is possible, it does feel like that high school–college thing, where you feel like nothing can go wrong. Today is right now and tomorrow will certainly be there.”
The film, which follows a CEO sister (Jennifer Aniston) as she tries to shut down her wild younger brother’s (T. J. Miller) division, centers around one out-of-control office Christmas party meant to land the one big client needed to save the branch. “I’ve been to a lot of pretty wild parties, but luckily I’m not wild anymore, so I can get out without causing any damage,” said Bateman, grinning, before adding, “But I like to watch.”
“I think we need this film—to laugh together—more than ever now,” said Gordon and Speck. “And we’ve worked with a lot of these actors many times and they’re sort of friends of ours, so it’s like we were spending three months of the holidays together—but in the middle of the summer. And I think we’ll try to do that again—so maybe that will be our new tradition.” After the screening, guests, including fellow cast members Kate McKinnon and Courtney B. Vance, made their way to Mr. Purple for Svedka cocktails and canapés.