Movie Review: The Boss

Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Kathy Bates, Kristen Schaal.

Genre: Comedy

Running Time: 99 minutes

Rating: 1 out of 5

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Melissa McCarthy play the role of Michelle Darnell, a business titan sent to prison after she is caught insider trading. When she emerges from prison, she’s set to re-establish herself as America’s sweetheart but not everyone is just willing to let her back in.

It has become oh-so-painful that wacky movies are crippling their way to cinemas and being categorized as comedy. For starters, this movie fails awfully is sustaining a laugh among audience. Initially, it seemed promising because duuh, Melissa McCarthy. Following the previous success recorded by “Tammy”, a movie co-written and directed by her husband, Ben Falcone, one would imagine The Boss will be just as great owing the same forces came to play in its production. Even with the introduction of Claire, (Kristen Bell) her over-zealous  assistant who constantly bent over backwards for her despite her Michelle’s overbearing attitude, there’s still barely anything to laugh about.

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The delivery lacked every bit of a comic touch; hence the difficulty is sustaining a laugh. The most entertaining scenes are probably the ones at the very beginning where young Michelle is depicted as unable to fit into any foster family, hence her constant return to the foster home (which in itself is not funny) and then the musical performance by her and T-Pain.

Struggling further through the movie, overbearing Michelle and overzealous Claire team up to set up their own brownie business. They make an excellent team and besides raking in good cash, Michelle surprisingly assists in fixing her partner’s rusty love life.

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There is a street brawl between rival brownie-selling school girls (which is supposed to be entertaining) but all the fist throwing is more likely to get you asking if the girls are okay rather than howling with laughter. The movie is a colossal waste of characters.

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Simply put, The Boss is a badly written comedy and its indeed strange watching a comedy about a corporate mogul that does not even invest in its own jokes. The secondary story of Michelle not fitting into a family is far more compelling than this “comedy” being sold to the audience.

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