Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Boss (2016)

IMDb plot summary: 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.
Directed by Ben Falcone. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, and Ella Anderson.

This reminds me a bit of last year's (better) Sisters, in that it was a female-fronted comedy whose comedic moments were few and far between but that I enjoyed nevertheless as a refreshing woman-lead flick. This role lets Melissa McCarthy step outside of her all-too-prevalent recent "raunchy and oversexed" comedy role and lets her play a  more diverse character. It's not a good movie by any means - it really isn't very funny, and the story takes some abrupt turns - but McCarthy and Kristen Bell play well off each other, and I loved seeing funny women like Cecily Strong and Kristen Schaal taking on the funniest supporting roles. At least we have some lame spring female-fronted comedies to match against the lame male-fronted spring comedies.

1.5 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
The Boss < A Little Night Music
The Boss < Mr. Holland's Opus
The Boss > The Net
The Boss > Did You Hear About the Morgans?
The Boss > Jumanji
The Boss > Gideon, Tuba Warrior
The Boss > Paycheck
The Boss > Unknown
The Boss > X2
The Boss > The Interpreter
The Boss > Eagle Eye

Final spot: #1838 out of 2449.

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