The Boss (2016)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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Cast

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
T-Pain
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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Critic Reviews for The Boss

All Critics (183) | Top Critics (40)

The Boss is sketch comedy, with none of the lines colored in.

Jul 22, 2016 | Full Review…

Dinklage is awful as the foppish villain, and aside from one uproarious, ad-libbed riff, McCarthy seems to be on autopilot.

Apr 21, 2016 | Full Review…

An opportunity to watch a comedic performer at the top of her game revel boldly in her own confident weirdness.

Apr 13, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The movie is all too neat a package for McCarthy's exuberantly inventive comic artistry.

Apr 11, 2016 | Full Review…

Even though The Boss is co-written by McCarthy and her husband, director Ben Falcone (who should know his wife's strengths better), the film often strands its title character in shrill one-note caricature, mostly unchallenged.

Apr 10, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

I persist in believing that Melissa McCarthy is capable of starring in a movie that not only makes a scads of money but is -- you know -- good. The latest refutation of my belief is The Boss.

Apr 8, 2016 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Boss

Fans of Melissa Mccarthy will enjoy this ridiculous but highly amusing movie!

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½

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 Tsui
Drake Tsui

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½

Pretty lame. A few funny parts, but bloody hell, those turtlenecks! I get the joke, but I wanted to rip them off her every scene.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

Beginning with a slight nod to recent headlines involving the over-the-top antics of the rich and famous, this slight riff never rises above skit-on-SNL level, despite the talents of the participants involved. The best bit? An all out girl-on-girl scout gang fight, which alone should justify your time.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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