Movie Review: The Boss

Story by Heidi Jo Hayen, Writer

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There is a curse among popular comedic actors in Hollywood. Over time, it becomes obvious that of them tend to play the same role in every movie.

Amy Schumer for example, typically plays the raunchy girl who tells it like it is, and everyone always seems to love her for it. It works for her.

Melissa McCarthy recently starred in The Boss. In this movie she played her typical funny character, but there was something different about this new role. McCarthy plays Michelle Darnel, one of the most successful businesswomen in the United States.

The audience learns about her early life, and this helps us understand why she acts the way she does later in the movie. The first scene is of McCarthy’s character getting dumped back off at an orphanage every few years by a new family that did not work out.

This scene helps this particular character in this particular movie stand out from others McCarthy has done in the past.

The movie takes the audience through Michelle Darnel’s lowest point in life, when she is arrested for insider trading. After her four-month stint in prison, Darnel finds her old assistant, Claire, and with the help of Claire’s adorable daughter, Rachel, played by Ella Anderson, Darnel convinces Claire to let her live with them.

During this time, Darnel manages to annoy Claire in every way possible, but also helps Rachel learn some entrepreneurial skills of her own. Darnel starts a group for Rachel similar to Girl Scouts that quickly becomes one of the fastest growing businesses in the country based off their brownie sales.

Throughout the movie, the audience gets to see the loud and witty McCarthy that we love so much, but this time her character is a little more polished than her usual role. It was fun to see her dressed in suits and fancy turtlenecks with a bright red perfectly-kept short hairdo.

Speaking of her appearance, McCarthy’s look in films like Tammy or Bridesmaids could be described as “disheveled.” So it is fun to see her play a prim and proper character who sometimes seems conceited.

Michelle Darnel is the type of person to ride on a flaming phoenix on her way into a motivational seminar and thinks that is totally appropriate. It is stunts like this throughout the movie where McCarthy best demonstrates her unending sense of humor.

All in all, this movie was not overly predictable. This movie is rated R, but I do not think that at any point it crosses a line in a sense that someone might be truly offended by a joke cracked by McCarthy or others.

After seeing The Boss, my love for Melissa McCarthy has been renewed and I am already looking forward to her next big role.