Director: Ben Falcone
Writers: Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy, Steve Mallory
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Peter Dinklage, Kristen Bell, Ella Anderson, Tyler Labine, Kathy Bates, Cecily Strong, Mary Sohn , Kristen Schaal, Eva Peterson, Timothy Simons, Aleandra Newcomb, Annie Mumolo, Presley Coley, Ben Falcone, Margo Martindale, Chandler Head, Vivian Falcone, Isabella Amara
Synopsis: A titan of industry is sent to prison after she's caught 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.
MPAA Rating: Rated R for sexual content, language and brief drug use
8 / 10
- Melissa McCarthy and Peter Dinklage steal every scene they're featured in individually, while displaying great on screen chemistry together whenever they do appear on screen together.
- The rest of the cast delivers solid performances
- The direction was great.
- Nicely paced
- The jokes were funny and clever
- Has a few clever plot twists to keep it interesting.
- In spite of a few good plot twists, the story is still very predictable.
Who's the boss?
"The Boss" isn't going to garner any prestigious movie awards come next year, but it's definitely worth checking out if you're into low brow comedies. The film centers around a multi-billionaire, Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy), who gets arrested for insider trading. After spending time in prison, she finds herself out of cash, and out of options. With nowhere else to go, she turns to her former assistant for help. As she struggles to find work, she reluctantly agrees to help her former assistant out, by watching over her daughter.
As fate would have it, the daughter happens to be part of the girl scouts. Upon finding out about their cookie sales, and her former assistant's secret cookie recipe, Michelle comes up with a lucrative business proposal to make all parties involved rich beyond their wildest dreams. Of course, her former boyfriend turned business rival (played by the comedically brilliant Peter Dinklage) catches wind of this plan, as he tries to ruin her new business venture by any means necessary. Add in an overly zealous soccer mom that cries foul over her recruiting children to make money, and you have yourself arguably one of the most unique setups for a comedy in ages.
Without giving away major spoilers, "The Boss" is essentially a story about a woman that grew up believing that she could count on nobody but herself, but she soon discovers what it means to have a family. Is it predictable in that sense? Absolutely. Any comedic film where a character discovers the meaning of having a family is always going to be predictable to some extent, but the thing that makes "The Boss" endearingly refreshing is the fact that it executes an otherwise cliche premise in a satirical way that's both funny and charming.
The writing for this film is rather brilliant in the fact that it knows when to take itself seriously for the emotional moments of the characters to mean something, but it also knows when to just have fun. Not taking itself too seriously most of the time, so we can laugh at the jokes throughout the movie.
Melissa McCarthy and Peter Dinklage were amazing in their perspective roles. Both stealing the spotlight every time they were featured on screen, and they played off each other beautifully whenever they were together.
While I can't say that "The Boss" is one of the best comedies of this year, I will say that's it's arguably one of the most entertaining ones to date. Not only giving audiences a decent story, but it also gives us plenty of laughs as well. Granted, most of the story can be predictable given it's premise, but it still leaves enough surprises to keep us guessing.
Definitely worth checking out if you're looking for a few good laughs. It's certainly more entertaining than that god awful "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" crap we had to endure earlier this year.
© 2016 Steven Daniels