“The Boss” R rating stands for raunchy and raw in this goofy film.
Most of the laughs came from the clean gags and the crazy pratfalls and stunts. Unfortunately, most of the audience left before the credits. For those few of us who stayed, we were treated to the outtakes which were funny and made me giggle along with the actors.
A titan of industry, Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy) is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading and loses everything. When she emerges ready to re-enter her life as America’s greatest business woman, not everyone she mistreated is so quick to forgive and forget. Kristen Bell plays her used and abused executive assistant Claire. Ella Anderson is Rachel, Claire’s daughter. Tyler Labine is Claire’s co-worker and love interest, Mike. Peter Dinklage of “Game of Thrones” fame is the villain, Renault. Academy Award-winner Kathy Bates has a small part as Ida Marquette. I would have loved to have seen more of Bates.
I thought McCarthy was wonderful as Sookie on “The Gilmore Girls.” Her character was very funny, but very human. I don’t understand why McCarthy stars in and writes films that are so gross. McCarthy has too much talent to continue to wallow in vulgarity. She needs to be more Sookie and less “Tammy.”
McCarthy, a native of Plainfield, Illinois (an hour southwest of Chicago), and her husband Ben Falcone, a native of Carbondale, Illinois, co-wrote the script along with Steve Mallory. The trio also wrote “Tammy” in 2014. Mallory penned “Identity Thief,” in which McCarthy starred in 2013. Falcone directed “The Boss.”
The stunt people deserve extra kudos for this movie. There are many stunts and falls that had to send the stunt women to their hot tubs every day after filming. Halfway through the film, my back started hurting in sympathy.
If you come expecting a remake of “Troop Beverly Hills,” this ain’t it. From the trailers, I expected something like the earlier film but forget it. Although both films center around Girl Scout-like groups of young girls who don’t get along, that is where the similarity ends.
If you don’t mind the base humor, I think you will find this film amusing. If you are offended by crude language and gestures, please go see something else.
“The Boss” opens Friday at AMC Eastgate Showplace 6, AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12 and Dougherty Theatres Jerseyville Stadium.
The Telegraph’s contributing movie critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River, who also occasionally writes about film-related topics, studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in L.A. with various directors and industry professionals. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Mary’s website at www.mlcwriter.com.