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The Boss Movie Review

I, like most people, fell in love with Melissa McCarthy after watching her outrageous performance in the hit comedy Bridesmaids. I’ve called her the “One of the funniest women in Hollywood,” and to this day, I still believe this is true. However, just because I think she is funny, that doesn’t mean I find all of her work funny. Tammy and Identity Thief immediately come to mind. These films aren’t horrible, but in both of my reviews I talk about how the movies fail to reach the female, physical comedian’s potential, and now, I add another title to the mentioned list—The Boss.

Kristen Bell & Melissa McCarthy in The Boss

Kristen Bell & Melissa McCarthy in The Boss

The Boss is directed by McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone, who has been a creative force in the majority of her work. They make a great team, but unfortunately, they don’t always make great movies. See, before seeing this film, I argued that McCarthy was on the fast track of being type-casted. She usually plays the role of an eccentric character either a slob or in this case a wealthy snob. But, after seeing her newest picture, I realized it’s not her being typecast as much as her movies (the ones she or her husband are in creative control of) follow the same formula.

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Tammy

Since her breakthrough performance in the hilarious Bridesmaids, funny girl Melissa McCarthy has remained a constant comedic force. Between her hit sitcom on CBS and her trio of hosting gigs on Saturday Night Live, McCarthy has had at least one film per year that showcases her comedic chops. Films like the mediocre The Identity Thief and the likable The Heat, has helped propel McCarthy’s successful movie career, and in many ways has also turned her into a viable box office draw. With her newest film, Tammy, McCarthy is taking more ownership and responsibility in a variety of ways. This is McCarthy’s first time headlining a movie by herself. Additionally, she also co-wrote the script with her husband, Ben Falcone, and together they are producing it from their production company, On The Day. It is clear that this is a turning point for her career, and this also provides a great idea of what type of films she wants to make.

Susan Sarandon and Melissa McCarthy in Tammy

Susan Sarandon and Melissa McCarthy in Tammy

Tammy follows the misadventures of Tammy (Melissa McCarthy), who was recently fired from her job at a fast food restaurant. Upon returning home see catches her husband having a romantic dinner with the next-door neighbor. This prompts Tammy to declare her independence from her husband, and to get away from her miserable life. After throwing a fit in front of her mother, Tammy decides to take a road trip, but with no money and no car she has to depend on her diabetic/alcoholic grandmother, Pearl (Susan Sarandon), to finance the trip. The two profane ladies then hit the road only causing more troubles along the way, but somehow still finding themselves among the many chaotic moments. 

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