The Boss – Good, Bad & Ugly Review

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 19% (Critics) / 46% (Audience)
Directed By: Ben Falcone
Written By: Ben Falcone
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Tyler Labine and Peter Dinklage
Studio: Universal Pictures
Synopsis: A titan of industry is sent to prison after she’s caught insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget. – (Source)


The Good:
Melissa McCarthy is a national treasure for the way she continues to miraculously squeeze actual humor out of these mostly awful films she stars in. She was a riot as the ball-busting billionaire trying to claw her way back to the top after a stint in prison for insider trading.
A shout out has to go to Peter Dinklage for matching McCarthy’s ability to go all and surpass the material they have been given.

The Bad:
The amount of wasted talent in this film is almost criminal. Kristen Bell is given almost nothing to do; Kathy Bates had a totally wasted cameo; Tyler Labine is a funny guy and was stuck in the boyfriend role for too much of the film; Kristen Schaal, Timothy Simons, Margo Martindale, Cecily Strong, and Cedric Yarbrough were all completely underused in this movie.

The Ugly:
If only Melissa McCarthy could get more scripts of the quality of BRIDESMAIDS and less like this film.

Final Verdict: THE BOSS is the type of by the numbers, run of the mill, assembly line comedy that Hollywood churns out weekly. It is a testament to Melissa McCarthy’s talent that she somehow manages to come out of these stinkers still smelling like a rose. Hollywood really needs to do better by her though.

Grade: C

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