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‘Like A Boss’ – Review

‘Like A Boss’ – Review

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It’s time to grab your bestie because the laughs arrive hard with Like A Boss and this is one comedy that will have you in a fit of hysterics with its outlandish humour, and makes for one fabulous watch.

Two friends with very different personalities start their own beauty company, Mel & Mia’s, despite not agreeing on how they should run it. One is more practical, while the other wants to earn her fortune quickly and live a lavish lifestyle. Things take a turn for the worse when their company runs into debt, forcing them to turn to an unscrupulous benefactor who intends to steal the business out from under them. The two must address their differences to save their business.

It’s hard to come across a comedy that is genuinely funny. I mean make you keel over in pain kind of funny and that’s exactly where Like A Boss takes you as an audience member. With like Like A Boss, what you get is funny, funny and funnier and director Miguel Arteta and stars Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne and Selma Hayek have a whole lot of fun as they push some extreme comedy to the edge. From vivid childbirth cakes to weed smoking babies and the pains of ghost pepper cooking, Like A Boss has it all when it comes to totally outlandish and laugh-out-loud moments and it revels in the laughs that it throws at its audience. You won’t be able to stop yourself from keeling over with these outlandish hysterics. It’s been some time since I’ve laughed this hard with a comedy film and Like A Boss goes down an absolute treat.

Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne go for it in Like A Boss as best friends and small business entrepreneurs Mia and Mel who finally have the chance to step up to the big leagues in the beauty world in Like A Boss. Both actresses get to riff off of another here and they display perfect chemistry and create a whole lot of laughs with this one. They set each other up for some great comedy here, but their talent as performers really helps to build out the central themes of loyalty and friendship in Like A Boss and they prove that sometimes its better to appreciate what you have then to strive towards stars that dazzle just a little too bright. Haddish and Byrne have terrific handling of the comedy on offer in Like A Boss and they absolutely make this film a joy to watch.

Facing off against our two besties is Selma Hayek as make-up diva Claire Luna and she’s one absolute uber bitch. Best described as a pint-sized barbie doll come to life, with a personality to match, Hayek’s Luna is an ultra-competitive backstabber who is willing to go to whatever lengths she needs to in order to win regardless of the cost. Hayek revels in how far she can push it here as the chief villain and she gets to cut loose and have some fun thanks to her dis-dastardly plan to rip off Mia and Mel. Like A Boss is a great film for Hayek to mix things up and she gets to do something very fun here and her villainous performance heightens the enjoyment of Like A Boss.

Providing a key level of support is Jennifer Coolidge as over-the-top make-up assistant Sydney and the delightful Billy Porter as smooth operating cosmetic wizard Bennet. And both performers sprinkle plenty of magic around. Coolidge once again offers up her unique comedic timing here and her pithy one-liners will give you all the giggles. But if there’s a scene-stealer then it is absolutely Porter, who is in command of every scene that he’s in and offers up plenty of outrageous moments that will leave you hollering. Both actors are used to perfection by director Arteta and their inclusion in Like A Boss makes this film all the more hilarious.

Like A Boss is just a perfectly fun and riotous comedy film and it goes down perfect for a night out with you and all your besties. You’ll be laughing your heads off, and when the credits begin to roll you’ll be certain your friendship is all the stronger for it.

Image: Paramount Pictures