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The Boss Movie Review

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There are a few new movies coming out this week including Hardcore Henry, Everybody Wants Some, Demolition and finally, the one I was lucky enough to check out last night, The Boss. I have to be honest, I know that a lot of people like Melissa McCarthy, but I haven’t been a very big fan of her over her career. She seems to have only one gag: the raunchy female. I give her credit for taking that on but that seems to be all she has. I disliked Tammy, The Heat and I guess I could say I don’t see what everyone else sees in Bridesmaids. If you got a chance to check out my Top 20 Movies of 2015, you would see that I actually really did love Spy. I thought Spy was one of the funniest movies of 2015 and restored my faith that Melissa McCarthy could be funny. When I saw the trailer for this movie, I wasn’t super excited but I still had a little bit of hope just because of Spy. I also like Kristen Bell and though she doesn’t blow me away as an actress, I do find her likable in most roles that she plays, except for Sarah Marshall. Anyways, lets just talk about The Boss.

The Boss is directed by Ben Falcone and stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Tyler Labine and Ella Anderson. It is the story of Michelle Darnelle, one of the wealthiest women in America and her assistant Claire, played by Kristen Bell. After Michelle goes to jail for insider trading, Claire offers her home up to Michelle to live with herself and her daughter. After learning that Claire makes one heck of a brownie, Michelle decides to capitalize on her opportunity and turns Claire’s delicious brownies into a business.

First of all, lets talk about what I liked about The Boss. As I mentioned before, I am not typically the biggest fan of Melissa McCarthy. 2015’s Spy actually changed that and gave me some hope for McCarthy’s future movies. I thought Spy had some really well-timed and well executed jokes. And though The Boss wasn’t nearly as funny or in my opinion good as Spy, it still had some jokes I had to smile at. When I say some, I really mean SOME. I never laughed out loud, but it did put a few smiles on my face a couple of times throughout the movie. I also though that Melissa McCarthy used her raunchiness better in The Boss than she has in previous roles. For the most part, it did not deter me from her as an actress or her portrayal of her character. I say that I don’t really like Melissa McCarthy, but as a person, I think she is awesome. If you haven’t seen her Lip Sync Battle on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, it’s one of the best I’ve seen. I just tend to dislike how she carries herself in movies. She can be raunchy without going to the extreme level of un-funniness that she tends to go to, and she, for the most part, got a little creative with how she used that in this movie. My next positive with this movie is a street fight that goes on between a bunch of little girls and a few grown women, and I really liked it. It was weirdly gritty and definitely one of the funniest moments of the movie. It was hard and graphic, and you see the movie’s equivalent of girl scouts absolutely taking each other down, and I thought that it was great.

I didn’t expect this movie to be amazing, so I can’t say I was disappointed. First of all, so many jokes don’t hit. When I go into a comedy, I want to laugh my tail off, but I did not laugh out loud once during this movie. I smiled a few times, but it didn’t pull that laugh out of me that I would have really loved. I love to laugh. Laughing is one of my favorite things in life. I didn’t get to laugh in this comedy, so that was definitely something I did not like about this movie. Also, the jokes go on for way too long. They just get dragged out until I almost forget what is going on, and they get less and less funny by the second. I can’t say that I expected an amazing plot, but it was pretty all over the place. So much is happening, and it’s fluffy and not believable. Next, I have to mention a complete misuse of Peter Dinklage. I haven’t watched much Game of Thrones, but from what I’ve seen, he’s an incredible actor, and I typically enjoy him in most movies he is in, but he is so misused and underused in this movie. He was a monkey-wrenched antagonist, and he is so over the top and strange that I never bought into him. The movie also tries to have heart, and it just doesn’t. The scenes where I’m supposed to feel something for a character never work, and I never feel anything, so I had a hard time inviting myself in the movie.

Overall, I can’t say that I was disappointed by The Boss because I didn’t really expect it to be amazing. I was hoping for plenty of laughs, and I didn’t really get any laughs. I got a few smiles, but no laughs. If you like Melissa McCarthy’s shtick as the raunchy girl who can also be raunchy because there are raunchy guys then you might like this movie. It is cleverly used compared to other movies, and sometimes it feels natural, but there are still moments where it feels like she is just doing that as a bit. I’m going to give The Boss a 4.5/10.

Have you had a chance to check out The Boss yet? If you have, comment down below and let me know what you thought! If not, will you be checking it out this weekend? Come back and tell me what you thought. Unfortunately, I’ll be out-of-town in Los Angeles this coming week, but The Pulse is out at the Phoenix Film Festival this week to check out some of the smaller films we may never get a chance to see, so we will be covering that with reviews of one of our favorite low-budget films created by local and up and coming filmmakers, so be sure to check up on that, and if you are interested in checking out some smaller films from local filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers, you can check them out this week until Thursday night at the Phoenix Film Festival. As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!

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Justin Lyons

Hey, it's Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm