"The Boss" stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Kathy Bates, and Peter Dinklage. Released on April 8, 2016, the film is about a woman who must rebuild her fortune after she is released from prison.
The film is directed by Ben Falcone, who has appeared in supporting roles in McCarthy's other comedies like Bridesmaids and Identity Thief. This is also the second collaboration between director Falcone and his wife, McCarthy, after working on the 2014 film, Tammy. I didn't remember much about Tammy, but I remembered saying that it played itself a bit too safe for an R-rated film. I enjoyed some of McCarthy's films. They're not perfect, but her presence and sense of humor always manage to keep things entertaining. I'm not really expecting much for this film, mostly because it has McCarthy doing what she does best in her other films: make people laugh. I like to laugh, so I decided to give this one a shot. All I can say is that it's at least a bit better than Falcone's last film, Tammy.
The performances were decent. McCarthy was respectable as Michelle Darnell.
The humor was good, but not as hilarious nor memorable as McCarthy's other films.
Falcone's direction was passable.
A couple of dragged moments.
The third act was a bit ridiculous at times.
Final thoughts: "The Boss" didn't quite earn the amount of riches it deserves in terms of the humor and its generic plot, but when it comes to McCarthy being the center of attention, it somehow made it all worth while. Sure it's not a comedy masterpiece like Paul Feig's Spy, but I would say it's a bit of an improvement from Falcone's directorial debut, Tammy. I would possibly recommend it to those who enjoy McCarthy's other films.