Year of Release: 2016
Director: Ben Falcone
Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Tyler Labine, Ella Anderson, Kathy Bates, Annie Mumolo, Kristen Schaal, Mary Sohn, Cecily Strong, Timothy Simons, Eva Peterson, Ben Falcone
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 3
Synopsis & Review:
"The Boss" is another vehicle for Melissa McCarthy's undeniable charisma and talent. It's a comedy that tries very hard to have a bit of a racy side, alongside a bubblier one, however the tone is never achieved as successfully as the other films where McCarthy's talent has truly shone through. "The Boss" never finds it's tone, and some of the situations and scenarios fall flat and just go on interminably - the storyline involving Peter Dinklage is the best example of something that is under developed and where there isn't much momentum (the same can be said for Kathy Bates cameo, which could have been a much richer side to the story). Melissa McCarthy tries really hard to elevate the material, but for the most part this film has too many common places and not enough irreverence and intelligence. The additional cast has little to do, with Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage and Tyler Labine trying to provide support, but their parts are severely underwritten. An easily forgotten vehicle for a talented comedic actress.