Melissa McCarthy is all business in the hilarious new comedy The Boss, which sees her in complete control as an unscrupulous business woman who finds a new sense of purpose and family when she stumbles upon a genius idea.
After being convicted of insider training, all-star entrepreneur and businesswoman, Michelle Darnell (McCarthy), is left with absolutely nothing, and turns to her former long-suffering assistant Claire (Kristen Bell) for support. When Michelle stumbles upon Claire’s penchant for baking, and her daughter’s scouting troop, she sets out to reclaim her fortune with a brownie selling empire she brands ‘Darnell’s Darlings’.
The Boss works out brilliantly for McCarthy as she is given absolutely free reign to craft a character who is bullish, vile, and filter-free when it comes to both her business and life decisions. She’s always happy to stick it to the man, and is not willing to back down from any confrontation, a fact which the incessant Helen Creegan (Annie Mumolo) finds out the hard way. But while McCarthy is more than capable of uttering a bevy of foul-mouthed obscenities at anyone who gets in her way, she also brings moments of compassion as a woman who has been unloved all her life, and who with Claire and her daughter Rachel, is able to find some semblance of family.
While McCarthy might be the star of The Boss, it’s Peter Dinklage who steals the show as her jilted ex-lover and business rival Renault, who considers himself a modern day samurai (complete with top knot), and who does everything he can to make her suffer. The physical comedy between the two of them is hilarious, and they go at each other with everything they’ve got.
The Boss is the perfect comedy for anyone who just wants to sit back and laugh their head off, and is a testament to the caliber of Melissa McCarthy’s brilliance as a comedian.
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