REVIEW: “THE BOSS” (2016) Universal Pictures

Actor, producer and co-writer of this comedy, Melissa McCarthy comes out strong for the first 1/3 of this film featuring her ‘alter-ego’ Michelle Darnell, a character she created with specifics in mind 14 years ago when she was at The Groundlings.

Darnell’s character is a high-powered businesswoman and motivational speaker whose childhood (back n forth between an orphanage and foster care) taught her that the only person she can depend on is herself. She’s self-centered, arrogant and basically completely amoral, seemly part Leona Hemsley/Martha Stewart and an R-rated Little Orphan Annie.
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Michelle generally uses and abuses her personal assistant, Claire (Kristen Bell), and her bodyguard isn’t much more than her personal hype man. When Michelle is arrested for insider trading and sent to jail for five months, everyone abandons her, former lover and long-time business rival Renault (Peter Dinklage) buys her companies and the authorities freeze all of her remaining assets. Looks like someone has to start all over again.
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Long & dull, yet incredibly profane & violent at times, story ensues of Michelle going to and being released from jail. When she doesn’t have anywhere to go, she ends up at ex-assistant Claire’s apartment who now works for a crazy Darnell disciple, Dana Dandridge (played by SNL’s Cecily Strong). Claire’s pre-teen daughter, Rachel (Ella Anderson), convinces her mom that they have to help Michelle and allows her former boss to stay in the apartment until she gets back on her feet, but Michelle’s feet remain reclined on Claire’s couch until her hand is forced and ends up taking Rachel to her Dandelions meeting (think Girl Scouts) where troop leader Sandy (Kristen Schaal) is discussing their cookie sales.

Michelle gets an idea that her “way back” is to form a group called Darnell’s Darlings which will teach girls business skills as they sell brownies that Claire makes from an old family recipe. Michelle gets Rachel to help her recruit various tough girls and other misfits to join up and sell brownies for a percent of the profits and approaches her estranged former mentor Ida Marquette (Kathy Bates) for financing to help expand the business, but as all this is going on, Renault and his assistant Stephan (Timothy Simons) are keeping tabs on the whole deal and just want the payback that he feels her still owes her.
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I could go on.. but the question is almost why?? Trust me, I’m helping you here to avoid wasting your money even bothering to watch this one. “The Boss” is mostly unoriginal, uninspired, unrealistic and unfunny. The clichรฉd plot lazily recycles the often used story of a main character who has been supposedly ‘hardened’ by a tough life and doesn’t know how to give or receive love. There are a few laughs to be found here and there, again, the first third of the film is good, but the movie’s other problems just kill the mood. Besides that, the movie’s attempts at humor are overly dependent on odd cartoonish violence involving children, cursing around, by and at children, and vulgar sexual references which come off as more crude than funny. McCarthy herself has been much funnier in previous films and hopefully she’ll be funnier again in her future projects. Sadly, her character in this film is one boss who should be fired herself.

Grade: D

Review Screening: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 ~ Courtesy of Universal Pictures
Nationwide Release: Friday, April 8, 2016

14 thoughts on “REVIEW: “THE BOSS” (2016) Universal Pictures”

  1. Great review even though I have not seen it yet ๐Ÿ™‚ Speaking of Melissa McCarthy, I think she is going to be in that Ghostbusters reboot this Summer If I am not mistaken. Anyway, keep up the great work as always ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Hmmm.. interesting thought.. Like with Tina Fey doing Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot – had some comedy, but for the most part was a serious role. It would be interesting to see if she could pull it off. I am really looking forward to Ghostbusters tho!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. Haven’t even seen WTF yet, Tina Fey any good? Not gonna lie, the jokes in the trailer wasn’t as funny as I thought it would be. Hope they kept the best ones for the movie!

  2. I was up in the air about actually going to see this one. Thanks for the heads up! Melissa McCarthy is great and all but her movies recently have been missing their marks. Good review as always. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I do love her. Spy was pretty damn funny..and this one had such promise for me.. but sadly.. crashed & burned. ah well.. thank you for the nice compliment also!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. yeah.. yet Spy was quite good & funny.. so as usual.. it’s all hit n miss.. This one started with such promise that I got excited.. just sank quickly after that first 1/3.. :/ I am looking forward to Ghostbusters tho.. in a big way!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. I was looking forward to Ghostbusters, but after the trailer, I feel a little trepidatious about it. Let’s hope they pull it out of the bag and give us all a big summer treat.

      2. Oh I love the way it comes off in the trailer..granted i’m a big fan of all those in the cast..especially Leslie Jones.. she slays me on SNL.. ๐Ÿ™‚

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