Melissa McCarthy is an actress that commands attention from the moment she appears on screen. From the first frame of her newest movie, “The Boss,” McCarthy captures the audience’s attention and never lets go. She is a comedic juggernaut and uses laughter to connect and reach out to people.
The story of the movie is rather simple. Audiences are introduced to business mogul Michelle Darnell (McCarthy). Darnell credits her success to her willingness to work hard, not relying on others and leaving feelings at the door. After a business rival finds out she has broken the law, a tip to law enforcement leads to her conviction of insider trading. A short prison sentence in a white-collar correctional facility later, Darnell realizes she is alone.
With no friends or family, she turns to her former assistant Claire (Kristen Bell) for help with getting her life back in order. After attending Claire’s daughter's Dandelion Scout meeting, Darnell sees the profits they make from cookie sales and decides to form her own group as a way back into the business world.
This film truly has some great laugh-out-loud moments that make you chuckle until your sides hurt. One of which includes Darnell and her troop canvassing a selling area when they encounter a rival troop selling their cookies. As Darnell is speaking to the troop leader, she is then slapped in the face and the fight is on. During this street fight, scenes of chaos erupt. Cookie tables are turned over. Things are set on fire and Darnell clothes-lines another scout. As they are leaving, Darnell remarks after seeing a red wagon full of cookies that “Whoo, that batch is burnt.” Also, the business advice she shares with her troops is truly priceless. When talking with another troop member about sales strategies, Darnell says “Chrystal, what do we say when somebody does not want to buy?' Chrystal replies by saying, “Buy my brownies or I’ll kill you.” Darnell complements her by saying, “That’s perfect.” Other business advice includes making up prices for rich people and selling brownies in front of a medical marijuana shop.
The only major drawback to this film is that a little bit more editing could have been done to make the film flow a little smoother. There are a few spots toward the end that seem to drag just a tiny bit. Overall, this film provides a lot of laughter during its 99 minutes. However, like with any comedy, it is suggestive to a person’s tastes. To me, McCarthy reminds me a lot of the late Chris Farley. Farley was a very physical actor who would always bring that into his films. McCarthy does the same thing. She brings that same type of intensity to each role. This movie is not one to miss. “The Boss” is rated R for sexual content, language and brief drug use.
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