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.
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.
Let me elaborate. I’m going to list characteristics of a McCarthy movie, and you pick which film it is. In the film I’m thinking of, McCarthy plays a wacky character that dresses up in crazy clothing and has an odd hair due. She spends most of the picture shooting out jokes like a machine gun, in which case maybe 30 of the 100 rounds actually hit the target. Then, she works on creating physical comedy by throwing herself over fences, into walls and constantly falling. The film then resolves with a heartfelt moment of her getting teary-eyed and vocalizing her issues that deal with family, adding heart to the ninety-percent comedy. Now, which movie did you guess? Was it Tammy? Identity Thief? Or was it her latest comedy, The Boss? Well, you could have picked any of them, and they would all apply.
Now, remember McCarthy is an Academy Award nominee, and I am a huge fan of hers. When I see her name on a poster or in a trailer, I get excited. So, please don’t think this is me spewing hate to the great comedian. I just realized, after screening The Boss, that maybe McCarthy does best when she or her husband aren’t in creative control. I think of Bridesmaids, The Heat, and Spy, which are all directed by Paul Feig. I also think of her wonderful performance in St. Vincent, where she plays a single mom, without all the hairstyles and physical comedy. She was wonderful. It left me wondering, why are these films better than the ones she and Falcone are behind? Whatever the reason, it isn’t a coincidence.
The Boss, like most of her films, isn’t terrible. They just really fail to show off her amazing talent as a comedian, and that’s exactly what this movie is meant to do. It’s a movie to see McCarthy in, nothing else. So, it’s disappointing when we don’t get the best version of her. Sure, there are some good laughs in this picture, especially one in which there is a massive brawl between adults and young girls, but overall it fails to satisfy. Luckily, McCarthy is so charming, charismatic, and just likable, that we (especially myself) forgive and forget. However, after seeing some of the recent reviews of this picture, most critics and fans aren’t being very forgiving.
-By Jacob Tiranno