Cert: 15 Runtime: 99 mins Director: Ben Falcone Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Ella Anderson and Kathy Bates
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From the writer and director of Tammy starring Melissa McCarthy playing Melissa McCarthy comes The Boss starring Melissa McCarthy playing Melissa McCarthy. Sigh.Coming off the heels of the unexpectedly appealing and hilarious Spy, Melissa McCarthy is back to her old tricks of playing the same, predictable character. McCarthy’s general charisma and comedic timing does aid the film in being a lot funnier than it probably should be. So what is The Boss about? Industry giant Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy) is the wealthiest woman in America and likes to think of herself as invincible – until the day she is sent to prison for six months for insider trading. Upon her release, Michelle has nowhere to go and is forced to move in with her hapless former PA Claire (Kristen Bell). But this cunning entrepreneur has a plan to establish an even bigger empire than ever – and it involves an entire army of Girl Scouts making lots of brownies!
What good does McCarthy bring to this movie exactly? Well, she doesn’t fail bring on some occasional laughter enough to distract you from the thinly written script, and her comedic chemistry with Kristen Bell works, but the jokes don’t always hit home. McCarthy tries desperately on bringing out laughter through her shamelessly vulgar dialogue, some of which in the presence of elementary school-aged Ella Anderson. In some scenes, the jokes work. In other scenes, they tend to come off as bold and mean-spirited, or otherwise rather forced. A lot of it begins when her character volunteers for Kristen Bell’s daughter’s Girl Scout. As shown in the trailer, one scene features a violent street brawl between dozens of young-aged girls, a scene where we sit through little children engage in slow motion fist fights, throw each other against cars, karate kick each other in the face, etc.
Apparently we are supposed to believe this is funny when it really just comes off as cruel and makes you feel guilty for laughing, if you happen to do so. As the most of the fun and hilarity take place during the first hour, the film completely drops the ball during the second hour and laughs come to a halt. That is when Peter Dinklage begins consuming some major screen time. This actor is shown to have comedic potential, but sadly it doesn’t work. The jokes he shoots out never land and his comedic chemistry with McCarthy falls completely flat. The biggest accolade The Boss manages to achieve is being slightly funnier and more fun to watch director Ben Falcone’s previous film ‘Tammy’. Overall, this definitely doesn’t sit on the ladder of Melissa McCarthy’s best works, not even close. She and Kristen Bell manage to steal the show here, but only by a short shot.