The Boss Film Review

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I am seriously drinking the Melissa McCarthy koolaid! I’ve been following her movies for a bit and I’m proud to say I’ve not yet missed one. If you haven't checked out the others, don’t worry (but please make some time to do so) — McCarthy often delivers the same type of humour in each movie (not necessarily a bad thing, it’s a formula that works for her).

McCarthy makes this movie, as she does many of the movies in which she stars. It’s not about the script, it’s more about her comedic timing and scene presence. Just about every punchline is executed so effortlessly in this comedy and had me spitting out my Coke! This woman is honestly a comedic treasure, and I’m so happy to be living in this generation of comedy where comediennes (the likes of Melissa McCarthy and Amy Schumer) feel like they have something to prove, attempting to shatter the glass ceiling that has existed in the comedy world for decades—and they're doing a damn good job!

McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone (director), wrote this script, as they did with Tammy. Now, although there isn't much “movie” going on and some of the jokes are hit and miss, you REALLY feel it when it hits. I love erupting in uncontrollable laughter and McCarthy certainly knows how to get me goin’. There are a few spoilers coming up, so if you were thinking about checking out The Boss and weren’t sure, it’s definitely worth your time. As with horror flicks, comedies work best on the element of surprise so stop reading if this movie is next on your list.

McCarthy plays the “47th wealthiest woman in the world,” Michelle Darnell, who’s stepped on the necks of anyone and everyone to assume this tycoon position that comes with disgusting wealth. She is imprisoned after inadvertently admitting to her rival (and scorned lover we later find out), played by little person Peter Dinklage, how she’s participated in some insider trading. The basic plot is this: your typical Scrooge, who had a rather hard childhood, achieves immense riches, power and fame (after a slew of self-help books) and needs a reality check, filled with things they’ve forgotten on their way up the corporate ladder like compassion, empathy, forgiveness, the importance of family etc. McCarthy has no one to turn to once she's bankrupt and out of jail (she rolls her Louis Vuitton luggage beyond the gate and assumes a limo is on its way to pick her up, so she never arranges a ride. The guards laugh at her…which in turn, made me laugh SO HARD) except her assistant (Kristen Bell, whom I’ve loved since Veronica Mars, but I feel like at this point in her career, she should be above cheap slapstick comedies), a single mum living in a cramped apartment above a Chicago liquor store.

In doing some research, I found that Melissa McCarthy created the character 15 years ago when she was a member of the Los Angeles improv. troupe, the Groundlings. So this role has proved successful for her for years! And you can certainly tell she’s perfected this character.

There are of course some cliché, feel-good moments but honestly, you’d be wasting your time if you aren’t tuning in just for the cheap laughs. The Boss isn’t McCarthy’s best and Rolling Stone magazine described it as “far from top-tier McCarthy (Bridesmaids, The Heat)” but it'll definitely hold you over until Ghostbusters comes along, which is sure to be SIDE-SPLITTINGLY HI-FRICKIN-LARIOUS. The Boss is also a nice rung in McCarthy’s metaphorical ladder on the way to the top of her own comedy empire…I imagine she’ll have the type of career where you could sit and watch every movie of hers in marathon fashion with a few friends and a glass of wine or pack of beer/cider, not really preferring one over the other because they’re all pretty good.

Four stars for The Boss!

Marcus Garlington lives at Liberty Court in London, he is from Kansas City in Missouri, and is in his 2nd year studying Journalism at City University London.

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