The Boss

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Melissa McCarthy remains as fiercely talented as ever, but her efforts aren't enough to prop up the baggy mess of inconsistent gags and tissue-thin writing that brings down The Boss.



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Academy Award (R)-nominated star Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Tammy) headlines The Boss as a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she's caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America's latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget. McCarthy is joined in The Boss by an all-star cast led by Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage and Kathy Bates. Directed by Ben Falcone (Tammy), the comedy is based on an original character created by McCarthy and written by McCarthy and Falcone alongside their Groundlings collaborator, Steve Mallory. The film is produced by McCarthy and Falcone through their On the Day productions and Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy through their Gary Sanchez Productions.


Melissa McCarthy
as Michelle Darnell
Kathy Bates
as Ida Marquette
Cecily Strong
as Dana Dandridge
Margo Martindale
as Sister Aluminata
Mary Sohn
as Jan Keller
Eva Peterson
as Chrystal
Michael McDonald
as Bryce Crean
Rob Pralgo
as SEC Agent Fields
Larry Dorf
as Guard Kenny
Rico Ball
as Helicopter Pilot Phil
Sharon Conley
as Prison Guard
Nick Arapoglou
as Building Security Guard
Gayle King
as as Herself
Chandler Head
as 5-Year-Old Michelle
Vivian Falcone
as 10-Year-Old Michelle
Isabella Amara
as 15-Year-Old Michelle
as Himself
Dylan Cheek
as Darnell Dancer
Parker Allen
as Darlings at Fight
Jasmine Harper
as Darnell Dancer
John Jeffrey
as Darnell Dancer
Devon Li
as Darlings at Fight
Desiree Dixon
as Darnell Dancer
Jordan Galloway
as Darnell Dancer
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  • Nov 24, 2016
    Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Bell team up for the hilarious goofball comedy The Boss. The story follows a self-made business woman who losses her financial empire after getting convicted for insider trading, but when she gets out of prison she attempt to get back on top by partnering with a former assistant to startup a new business. Both McCarthy and Bell are incredibly funny and have good comedic chemistry. Still, some of the material is pretty cliché and there are a lot of loose plot threads. Yet while The Boss is a fairly rote comedy, it's entertaining and delivers a lot of laughs.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2016
    You know, at least this is better than Tammy, Melissa McCarthy's previous movie that she co-wrote with her husband (who also directed). When I think back to Tammy, I think about how bad that movie actually was. And this is coming from someone who thinks that Melissa McCarthy is supremely talented and the hate that is directed her way is unfairly directed at her weight as opposed to her actual talents as a comedienne and whether she has great timing and delivery (she does). With that said, while The Boss is a definite improvement over Tammy, it's still not what I would call a good movie. Which is kind of a shame, because there's some legitimately really funny moments in this film. About 95% of them come from Peter Dinklage's character. And another thing, Peter Dinklage is so fucking great at everything he does. Like seriously. This guy has great comedic timing and delivery and I don't think it's a side that a lot of fans of his Game of Thrones work, which is tremendous, ever really get to see. He takes a character that, under anyone else, would've come across as lame and he makes it the most entertaining character in the entire film. It's just a shame that the movie isn't great to begin with, because if it was then more people would take notice of how talented Dinklage is at comedy as well as drama. And Melissa McCarthy is really good here as well, the movie is a vehicle for her after all, but I don't feel that it's a vehicle that makes as good use of her talents as is possible. And this was a movie, like I mentioned, co-written by her and her husband. I don't know what it says about a person that can't use their talents properly in a film they co-wrote, but it can't be very complimentary. Though I will admit that it's probable that the way this film came out wasn't the way it was intended to be like when it was first conceptualized. There's nothing about this movie that offers anything new or unique. Michelle went from foster home to foster home so, when she finally found success as a cutthroat businesswoman, she put off having a family because 'families are for suckers', as she says. Naturally, you know what comes as a result of that. Michelle becomes attached to her former assistant Claire, played by the always lovely Kristen Bell, and her daughter Rachel as they get up a rival Girls Scouts-type group that actually gives the girls a percentage of the brownies they sell and not some silly badge or something. You know where this is going. Michelle becomes attached and when she realizes it, she pushes them away and sells their business off to her biggest rival, Renault, Dinklage's character. It's all very predictable, but there's some entertaining moments on the way. Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Bell had some good chemistry, I just wish they would've had a better script supporting them. And, really, part of that is Melissa's fault, as she co-wrote the script. If I'm being honest, Paul Feig is the person who has best utilized Melissa's talents on-screen. From Bridesmaids to Spy, Feig has always been the best at getting top-notch work from Melissa and watching films like this makes it all the more obvious. Though, if I'm being completely honest, this is just an average movie at best. It's not nearly as bad as the reviews made it out to be, though I'm sure they all have very valid complaints. I still wouldn't go out of my way to watch this movie. If you have a free rental from Redbox or if it ever hits Netflix or Amazon Prime then, yea, give it a shot. Peter Dinklage is the best part of this movie, no doubt about it, but even his performance and Melissa's talents as a comedic actress can't help save this from being a middle-of-the-road affair.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Aug 04, 2016
    It's almost as if the weight of the entire film rested on lead McCarthy and despite her array of zingers and antics that make for some edgy laughs it becomes an exhausting endeavor even for her shoulders. When stripped of this, the Boss lies naked as another comedy with a forgettable story. There are parts of the premise that set up laughs that stand out (the Girl Scout brawl for one) but despite solid performances from even the supporting cast there are too many thrown-together storytelling elements that inhibit the film from breaking the mold of it's genre.
    Drake T Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2016
    I've always liked Melissa McCarthy but never been in any rush to watch her movies as she only seems to be able to do one type of movie, This is no different yet again, The story has been done hundreds of times, The jokes are all recycled from other Comedy's but there was some funny bits thrown in but the predictable plot and ending felt all too familiar and won't last long in the viewers memory.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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