Movie Review: The Boss

I had pretty low expectations for The Boss going in because I thought this might be a movie where all of the jokes had already been revealed in the trailer. However, I ended up being pleasantly surprised, as The Boss kept new jokes coming, and was actually a very funny comedy film.

Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy) had a hard life. She grew up an orphan who was adopted by several families, only to be returned every time to the convent/girls school in which she grew up. Fast-forward to years later, and she's now a successful CEO, with multiple mergers under her belt. Her ex-lover, Renault (Peter Dinklage), who is now a business competitor, is fed up of her "winning" all the time, though, and he reports her insider trading to the FCC; consequently, she's sent to jail for five months. When she gets out, all of her assets have been seized, and she needs to find a new way to make it in the business world - and she decides that the way to do that is to start Darnell's Darlings, a Girl Scout-esque troop that sells brownies made by Darnell's former assistant, Claire (Kristen Bell), with whom she strikes a 50/50 partnership deal.

I will say that I enjoyed the first half of this movie more than the second, but I was never bored throughout. Bell and McCarthy are great here, as are Dinklage, as a slightly crazy character, and Ella Anderson, as Bell's daughter. Kathy Bates and Kristen Schaal also have small roles in the film, and Tyler Labine does too, as a coworker and later boyfriend of Bell's character. I enjoyed Melissa McCarthy in the last movie I saw her in, Spy, and this one is just as funny as Spy, if not funnier.

Yes, see this movie, but know it's a hard "R" rating, and isn't appropriate for kids, regardless of the Girl Scout-type troupes in it - it's definitely adult humor. Fans of McCarthy will enjoy this movie, and I haven't seen Kristen Bell in a film in a while either, so it was good to see her back on the big screen. If you're looking for a funny film with lots of hijinks and over-the-top scenes, that doesn't take itself too seriously, then you will enjoy The Boss.

The Boss is in theaters today, April 8th, and is rated R with a runtime of 99 minutes. 3.5 stars out of 5.

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