The Boss (2016)
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Ella Anderson, Tyler Labine, Kathy Bates
Directed by: Ben Falcone
Written by: Ben Falcone, Steve Mallory, Melissa McCarthy
Rating: R Running Time: 1 hr. 39 min
Do you remember the movie, Trading Places, with Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy? One a wealthy stock broker and the other a homeless guy, forced to switch places to satisfy a nature/nurture bet for $1. Good right? Considered by many to be a comedy classic, and most certainly one of Eddie Murphy’s best films.
Well, The Boss, is nothing like that.
Though it touches on a similar rags-to-riches, riches-to-rags formula, it takes no time to properly explore its premise, or develop its main characters and explain why they would spend time together. Other than to lazily install Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy) as an unwanted child at the start of the film, in order to justify her horrible behavior, and play a ridiculous pity card during the third act of the story.
In this movie, there’s nothing behind the weak premise. Nothing at all. A void. Just a set of contrivances designed to put Melissa McCarthy in TV-spot worthy moments, regardless of whether they make any logical sense or not. You honestly could watch the trailer for this film back to back for 99 minutes, and it would make as much sense. It’s that bad.
This story lives in a world that doesn’t exist, simultaneously trumpeting the value of hard work, while giving itself a gold star for showing up. The plot requires all its characters to act like clueless morons, and a good 95% of the jokes fail.
Set your expectations low for this one. If you enjoyed the last movie made by Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone, 2014’s Tammy, then by all means check this out.
Peter Dinklage as Michelle Darnell’s jilted ex-lover, Renault.