The Boss (2016)

Review by CJ

The Boss

Ben Falcone

Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Ella Anderson, Peter Dinklage

Other notable appearances:
Kathy Bates, Ben Falcone

Running time:
99 minutes

Watch this if you like:
Spy, Bridesmaids


Michelle Darnell (McCarthy) is one of the 50 wealthiest women in America when she is arrested for insider trading. Five months in minimum security prison later, Michelle must once again work her way from nothing to success. This time she has the help of her former assistant Claire (Bell) and Claire’s daughter Rachel (Anderson). Can Michelle bring down her walls and stop being selfish or will her past ruin her future?

The Boss meets the standards for modern comedy films but doesn’t do much to extend its reach past these expectations. The standard plot formula is there, a good sing-along soundtrack, and a few decent laughs with lesser ones sprinkled throughout.

The actors in The Boss all give good performances for their respective roles. McCarthy plays the egotistical Michelle Darnell with finesse and provides most of the big laughs in The Boss. Bell is fantastic to watch as the straight woman to McCarthy’s jokes and inappropriate actions. Peter Dinklage is fun to watch as the arch nemesis to McCarthy’s character and a delightful change of pace from arguably his most popular character, Tyrion Lannister.

As with most of the comedy films that are churned out, The Boss is an enjoyable but forgettable film. Worth checking out if you have 90 minutes and want a few laughs but not something I would rewatch unless there was nothing else on.

3 Stars

“My name is Michelle Darnell, and I am the wealthiest woman in America. How wealthy am I? I wanted to come down on a golden phoenix and I sure as shit did it!”

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