Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Ella Anderson
Running Time: 1h 39min
Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy) has it all. She’s rich. She’s successful. She’s one of the most famous businesswomen in the world. She’s The Boss. She is living the dream! However, before she knows it, her world comes crumbling down around her when her former lover (Peter Dinklage) rats her out to the police. Soon enough, the business mogul and public speaker becomes the disgraced inside trader.
After she’s released from jail, Michelle Darnell expects her life to go back to normal – but this just isn’t the case. Her house has been seized, her assets have been frozen, and her harsh business-like personality has left her friendless. Where can she go? She eventually finds a place to rest her head (in the form of pretty uncomfortable sofa bed) in her assistant’s small apartment. As she struggles to acclimatize to the life of unemployment, Michelle knows she needs to rebuild her empire. However, she’s stuck at a dead end as her former lover has ensured that she won’t be able to move from the bottom of the business food chain…
Michelle racks her brain, looking for her next high-profile business venture…and finally finds it in the most unlikely of places. As she tries to redeem her disgraced reputation, Michelle Darnell joins forces with a troupe of Dandelions, and creates an epic ‘Brownie’ empire (excuse the pun), selling cookies, brownies and sweet treats throughout the neighborhood. Michelle soon realizes that their business could really take off, but will her selfish business ways overpower the love and affection she feels for her new family?
The Boss is the kind of movie you’ll want to watch on a Sunday afternoon, when you’re lazing in your pajamas on the couch, and spooning dollops of Ben & Jerry’s onto your Girl Scout cookies – because it’s the kind of easy movie you can watch without really having to think about anything or pay too much attention. Sure, it’s entertaining, but you could do better.
The storyline itself is outrageously funny, and the concept is delivered in a very basic format that is fun for those of all ages – as long as you’re over 17-years-old. It is a story unlike one we have ever seen before (which can be pretty rare in Hollywood nowadays) and follows a hilarious combination of adult and childlike humor… with a few (okay, A LOT) of swear words thrown into the mix. The movie is *kinda* like a morality tale and shows us that kindness and true relationships go a long way – even if you are one of the most successful people in the world. Without love or friendship, are you really that successful? Like we say, though, it’s only *kinda* like a morality tale. There’s a little hint of it hidden… really hidden… in the depths of the dialogue.
However, if The Boss did not feature the acting and comedic talents of Melissa McCarthy, there’s no doubt it would be a flop. Although the plotline does have a lot to offer, Melissa elevates the comedic aspect and really creates a brand new persona in the form of Michelle Darnell. Thankfully, Melissa teamed up with her director-husband, Ben Falcone, to ensure that their mark was left on the script.
Realistically, we should be giving this movie two stars – but we’re adding on an extra little something for Melissa McCarthy’s impeccable characterization.