The Boss (2016) Film Review

Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy) is a force in the business world, until she is sent to prison for insider trading. On her release, she realises she has nothing and no-one, but convinces her former assistant, Clare (Kristen Bell) to let her stay with her until she can build herself up again. Michelle forms an unlikely friendship with Clare’s daughter, Rachel (Ella Anderson) who inspires the building of a new empire on the back of a Girl Scout type movement.

Ugh. I love Melissa McCarthy, but I do not like some of her films. I tend to enjoy her when her performance is less over-the-top comical, and this film could have worked a lot better if it had felt more authentic. Or perhaps I’m just not the audience for it. I also struggle when there is a massive plot point that I don’t believe – in this case, the premise of the scheme that Michelle uses to make her comeback just didn’t work for me. I know I’ll find more of Melissa McCarthy’s work that I love. This wasn’t one of them.

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