The Nut Job 2’s episodic plot is little more than a clothesline on which to hang manic action sequences.
It uses the mawkishness of a Hallmark Channel movie as an ironic backdrop for a twisted Hitchcockian thriller.
Breaking the laws of human nature is an ancient comic convention, but it only works when it leads to a laugh.
The breadth of Vince Vaughn’s gregarious persona has never been given free reign by any director and this certainly isn’t the game-changer.
More gag-friendly than idea-based, relying on the considerable charm of its leads to ground its supernatural conceit.