Main Plot Points:
- Academy Award®-nominated star Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Tammy, Spy) headlines The Boss as a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.
- McCarthy is joined in The Boss by an all-star cast led by Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage and Kathy Bates. Directed by Ben Falcone (Tammy), the comedy is based on an original character created by McCarthy and written by McCarthy and Falcone alongside their Groundlings collaborator, Steve Mallory. The film is produced by McCarthy and Falcone through their On the Day productions and Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy through their Gary Sanchez Productions.
What We Thought:
I really wish Melissa McCarthy would stop making these types of films. I love her as a person. I’ve met her. I’ve worked with her and she’s a beautiful human being (and a hell of a hugger). But movies like The Boss don’t showcase her talent and she’s truly talented.
The Boss is her latest, fall down a lot, be raunchy and shocking “comedy”. I put that in quotes because I didn’t find it all that funny. I laughed a couple of times, more than I expected to be honest, but it’s just not what I want from Ms. McCarthy. She’s a funny person, no doubt about it, but films like The Nines and St. Vincent show that she can act without playing the fool. She’s naturally funny, she doesn’t need to fall down a flight of stairs or get launched against a wall to prove it. At least not anymore.
I love R-Rated Comedies, but I actually wish this was PG-13. I think it would have worked better as more of a heartfelt, lighter comedy about a woman getting redemption through a single mother and her daughter. At times it felt like it wanted to be that way, sort of a 2016 version of Troop Beverly Hills. Then it would be raunchy and that felt out of place. I know they are hyping her as the Queen of R-Rated comedies, but this shouldn’t have been one.
That’s my biggest issue with the film, it never felt like it knew what it wanted to be. It starts out with McCarthy’s character being over the top rich and crazy. Then she gets sent to prison and loses everything. She moves in with Kristen Bell, her former assistant, and Bell’s daughter. They start a Girl’s Scout type troop selling brownies and McCarthy’s old ways kick in again. McCarthy’s character is so awful to people in the beginning, why should we root for her at the end? You see her making the same type of decisions and not really learning anything till way later in the film. Why do we care if she gets her redemption?
It’s a shame that the film is all over the place because some of the characters and jokes do work. I laughed at McCarthy at times, not really sure if I laughed with her though. Peter Dinklage is great because he always is. I’m not the biggest Kristen Bell fan in the world, but she didn’t really bother me in this. And I absolutely loved Tyler Labine’s character. I’m a huge fan of his and it’s nice seeing him in a bigger movie with a really good character. He plays Bell’s love interest and he has a really funny scene at a restaurant with a waiter ordering wine. Kristen Schaal pops up at times. Same for Cecily Strong, Kathy Bates and others.
All that being said, The Boss will probably make money. Most of McCarthy’s movies do. The audience around me seemed to be losing their mind over it and I felt bad because I wasn’t quite sure what they were laughing at. There’s some funny scenes, a fight with another troop made me laugh, but overall it’s the same shtick we’ve seen before especially from McCarthy. She’s better than this, but as long as these films keep making money, they’ll keep making them.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Melissa McCarthy
- Kristen Bell
- Peter Dinklage
- Tyler Labine
Recommended if You Like:
- Troop Beverly Hills
- Melissa McCarthy