Like a Boss

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Like a Boss oversees a merger of powerful comedic talents, but the end results are likely to leave audience members feeling swindled out of their investments.

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Verified Ratings: 3,424

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Best friends Mia and Mel run their own cosmetics company -- a business they built from the ground up. But they're also in over their heads financially, and the prospect of a buyout offer from an industry titan proves too tempting to pass up. The beauty business is now about to get ugly as the proposal puts Mia and Mel's lifelong friendship to the ultimate test.

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All Critics (148) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (116)

  • Like a Boss is another perfectly pleasant, mid-tier comedy doomed to be forgotten, if not for the fact it features the potential birth of the next great comedy duo: Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne.

    February 28, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • There's nothing wrong with the cast of this glossy comedy... Yet even this hugely likeable trio can't save a film that strives for subversive laughs and sisterly inspiration and falls short on both counts.

    February 24, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

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  • If the basic test all studio comedies must pass is, "did anyone bother here?", all evidence points to a brisk, deflating hell-to-the-no.

    February 20, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Hayek brings more watchability to the project than it deserves. But she can't redeem a film this bafflingly slapdash.

    February 19, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A few scatological gags are scattered through the script and Arteta lays on the slapstick with Haddish handling most of it. You get the impression that he's trying to make another Bridesmaids but that his nerve and his inspiration keep failing him.

    January 23, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • I'm overthinking, but even bad art can tell us something about ourselves. At this point, we understand how business works. Why aim for the glass ceiling at all?

    January 22, 2020 | Full Review…

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  • Jan 15, 2020
    There's little else as energy-zapping as a comedy fumbling for its funny, and that summarizes the disappointing Like a Boss, which is far from being boss-like. Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne star as best friends who own a makeup company together and Salma Hayek is the rich CEO who wants to buy their company and drive them apart. That's about the story because the movie feels like it was one of those imrpov-heavy vehicles designed for the likes of a Melissa McCarthy where the scenes are barely sketched in with the assumption that the performers will discover something funny in the moment on the day of filming. Except this never happened. Like a Boss constantly feels straining, groping, struggling for any comedy from scene to scene. There isn't one interesting comic dynamic or a set piece that felt really smartly set up and developed. There aren't even that many set pieces outside a sequence where the ladies eat ghost peppers and cannot handle the heat. There's one part where they destroy a drone and have to hide it. Nothing comes from this. There's one part where the ladies are smoking a joint and it falls into a baby's crib, and you're waiting for the escalation, but that's it. Nothing of consequence happens. Mostly the movie is so desperately grasping for whatever it can find to be funny, and every actor feels like they're in a different movie. I started mentally checking out halfway through. I chuckled a few times but my dispirited sighs outnumbered them. I like Haddish. I like Byrne. I like Hayek. I like director Miguel Arteta (an unexpected Beatriz at Dinner reunion). I like that this is an R-rated comedy aimed at empowering women. The problem is it still needs to be funny. The best friends forever say how much they love one another but they're also explaining all of their problems and solutions in exposition-heavy vomit sessions to assist the audience ("I know you've always have trust issues because of your mothers, and…"). For the scary boss antagonist, Hayek's character is weirdly impotent and too easily foiled, including being upstaged at her own company's launch party and deciding to do nothing to stop her usurpation. Like a Boss is a limp and flailing comedy that just made me sad. Nate's Grade: C-
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