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‘The Boss’ Proves to Have Little Commanding Presence

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By Ivy Velaquez

Over the years, Melissa McCarthy has excelled in the genre of comedic movies. With recognition first gained for her role in the show Gilmore Girls and movies such as The Heat (2013) and Spy (2015), she has established her position as a prominent figure in the business. So when the commercials for her latest movie, The Boss, was released, a movie worthy of her reputation was expected. And while the film lived up to some expectations, it fell short in others.

Released April 8, The Boss is about a wealthy CEO named Michelle Darnell (McCarthy). Having grown up an orphan, she has made it her life’s mission to prove that she doesn’t need anybody, often pushing away the people who might possibly get close to her by betraying them. After being busted for insider trading and being sent to prison, she comes out with no money, no home and no friends. Even her old assistant, Claire (Kristen Bell), is reluctant to help, taking her in only at the insistence of her young daughter Rachel (Ella Anderson).

While staying with them, Michelle finds inspiration for a new business idea through Rachel’s Dandelion troupe. The idea takes off well and it’s not long before Michelle is back on her feet. But years of stabbing people in the back when convenient is coming back to bite her, with an old enemy looking to keep her from rising to the top again.

The plot is a tad clichè, and stands as a reflection of McCarthy’s other roles. She often seems to play a woman that can’t see past the image she projects, but eventually gets close to someone who begins to see past the surface. This made The Boss very predictable, not allowing for many of the supposed twists within the movie to take the likely desired effect, such as give the audience a warm fuzzy feeling when Michelle, Claire and Rachel all reunite and makeup. McCarthy sticks with her preferred genre, and while for the most part that works very well for her, there is such a thing as getting too comfortable. It would be nice to see her in serious roles more often, like her role in St. Vincent (2014).

This movie definitely had its funny moments, such as a scene when McCarthy’s character was arguing with a particularly venomous mother of a member of Rachel’s Dandelion troupe. Viewers may find themselves laughing so hard that they can barely concentrate on the movie for a few moments.  Although there were several ridiculous scenes such as the exaggerated fight scene between the two troupes, most didn’t go overboard.

However, there were some scenes that, though funny, also left one wondering why they were necessary. This especially goes for the more sexual scenes, such as the fight between Michelle and her rival/ex-lover Renault (Peter Dinklage) when they’d randomly start grappling sexually. Scenes like this make one wonder what the writers could have been thinking.

If you’re interested in seeing this movie but haven’t been sure, wait until it comes out on DVD or even until it comes out on TV. The Boss is good for a laugh but nothing much beyond that.

Ivy Velazquez can be reached at

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