The Boss was written by and for Melissa McCarthy and showcases her physical comedy. But even then, it was only okay. I’m giving it a B.
Melissa McCarthy plays Michelle Darnell, who has a young child was bounced from foster home to foster home, learning never to count on family. She is now a superstar financial wiz who is the 11th wealthiest woman in the world. When a former boyfriend has her reported for insider trading, Michelle ends up in jail and loses all her money and assets.
With nowhere to go, she ends up on the couch of her former over-worked assistant and finds a new way to return to her glory with the sales of brownies (ala Girl Scout cookies). But she ends up messing that up when her demons come back to haunt her.
Melissa McCarthy acted, wrote and produced this movie with her husband, Ben Falcone (who also produced, wrote and acted). Will Farrell is another producer. So with a script tailor made for McCarthy, why couldn’t it be more funny?? There were two problems. One, Melissa’s character is never seen out of a tall turtleneck. It goes up to her chin and makes her look larger than she is. I couldn’t understand why this character was always wearing such an unflattering top. It became distracting. Secondly, the movie has a great story and message but then goes to a strange break-in followed by a sword fighting scene which doesn’t fit the message. It felt thrown in for the humor but it wasn’t funny.
McCarthy’s interactions with other people was the draw. Whether she was telling someone off while looking like a nice guy or appearing oblivious to how much her comments hurt, she was someone you could believe. Kristen Bell was a great foil for Melissa. Her straight face and astonishment at Melissa’s actions were some of the best scenes. Also the younger cast was hilarious. I loved seeing them show off, especially since The Boss was some of their first big acting gig.
If you are looking for a fun movie which isn’t all about superheroes or action, The Boss will make you smile. But you certainly want to see it during the cheaper times and don’t bring the young ones. The amount of swear words and sexual innuendos isn’t appropriate for them.
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