I wouldn't exactly call myself a fan of Melissa McCarthy. For every "Identity Thief" or "St. Vincent", which really makes me laugh, there is a "Tammy", "Bridesmaids", or "The Heat", which I have more middling feelings about. Then there's the outlier: "Spy", which I didn't care for the first time that I saw it, but came to like over time as I watched it again. Regardless, the trailer for "The Boss" looked somewhat funny, so I knew that I would check it out.
This one ended up in the disappointing level. Most of the funny scenes were shown in the trailer. I really do hate it when movies do that. In general, though, the movie just wasn't very funny. I saw the film in a relatively full audience, and the response was lukewarm at best. The film (like many of the other films McCarthy stars in) wasn't very well made either. The climax was a sword fight. A sword fight! Come on! I found myself in the theater embarrassed to be watching the film and laughing at it because of how bad it was. There was a T-Pain cameo! Why the heck did they need T-Pain!?!?!
The acting was also quite disappointing in the film. McCarthy was the same McCarthy that is in films that are filled with fat jokes, not the better McCarthy from "St. Vincent" or even "Spy". Kristen Bell, one of my main reasons for seeing this movie, wasn't that good either. She felt detached, almost as if she were just doing the film for a paycheck. I didn't even have any idea that Peter Dinklage was in this movie until it began, which is a problem with the marketing campaign. I usually really like Peter Dinklage, but he was also disappointing. The usually hilarious Kathy Bates even had a cameo that couldn't save this sinking ship.
So overall, "The Boss" is a disappointing comedy film. It may appeal to some people, but I didn't care for it. My advice, if you want to see this and aren't a die-hard McCarthy fan, sit and watch the trailer 5 times in a row and then watch "St. Vincent" or one of her other funnier movies. Will this do well at the box office? Probably. Does it deserve it? No, no it does not.
Big Tuna's Rating: C-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.
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