The Boss


Picture Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Melissa McCarthy essentially became the female Will Farrell.  That go to person when it came to any comedy role that was required.  The only difference is that I actually find Melissa McCarthy funny, where as Will Farrell is not.  When the industry finds these particular people they slab that person on a mass production assembly line to pump out as much revenue as possible.  It doesn’t matter whether the idea you have is any good, just take it and run with it, we have Melissa.

Melissa McCarthy is the Boss.  Her character is Michelle Darnell, the film opening showing Michelle being returned to the orphanage every 5 years, as no one wants her, has turned away from the idea of family and has set out to create an empire by herself.  She uses her drive to become one of the most popular financial speakers and hosts her own elaborate get rich now shows.  When you create an empire and become rich and successful, there will always be people there to bring you down.  When Michelle is arrested for insider trading, she loses everything.  Once released from prison having no home, no assets and no friends, she finds herself on the doorstep of her old assistant, Claire Rawlings (Kristen Bell).  Claire is struggling to raise her daughter on her own, while Michelle sleeps on their couch until she can get back on her feet.  When Michelle has to take Claire’s daughter Rachel to her scouts meeting, she sees an opportunity.  With the help of Claire’s family brownie recipe, Michelle creates the Darnell’s Darlings, a group of young entrepreneurial girls who make profit based on their brownie sales.  Michelle finds the toughest girls she can from Rachel’s school and rivals Rachel’s old scout group.  As this story wasn’t enough, there is a dual storyline running at the same time of Michelle’s ex boyfriend and mortal enemy Renault (Peter Dinklage).  While Michelle tries to build herself up again, Renault is trying to bring her down, but what Michelle doesn’t expect to find is a family there to help support her.

Renault’s character is a bit over the top in the attempt for comedy, but it wasn’t really working for me.  Even Melissa fell flat a few times.  The most memorable character from the film was actually Mike Beals (Tyler Labine) who you should remember from the epic tv series Breaker High as Jimmy Farrell.  Alright, so his prior resume doesn’t have anything to do with The Boss, but it was enough to raise my opinion of the movie, even if it was just a little bit.

There are a handful of funny parts, but nothing too memorable.  It has a few good ideas that help to keep the film going, but overall we get a couple laughs then forget it ever happened.  If you are looking for a memorable comedy starring Melissa McCarthy I highly recommend you check out Identity Thief.  As for The Boss, I’d leave this one for a wait and see Netflix night to check it off your list and never think of it again.


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