‘The Boss’ is Melissa McCarthy’s latest “comedy” film, and while I’ve been a huge fan of hers lately ever since ‘Bridesmaids’, with later hits like ‘The Heat’ and ‘Spy’, and although there have been bumps along the way with ‘Identity Thief’ and ‘Tammy’, but this may be the least enjoyable McCarthy comedy yet, and that sadly disappoints me.
‘The Boss’ is about Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy) a wealthy businesswoman who has a troubling childhood. With her on top, nothing can get in her way, but when she is convicted for insight trading, she has to rise again and discovers a business for selling baking goodies.
Unfortunately, while I think the story sounds very promising, it’s filled with tiring and laugh-free humour. There are a few chuckles spread out in the movie, but it is not consistent enough, with many minutes going by without a laugh from the characters. One of these problems, McCarthy’s character is severely unlikeable, throwing insults at everyone, including her so called friends, with very crude jokes for the sake of saying crude jokes and lots of profanity, which is overused in the film. Claire (Kristen Bell) is a character that feels the most genuine, and sticks up for herself, with Bell giving the film’s best acting performance. Peter Dinklage’s character is all over the place, ranging from a lover to a killer, and just doesn’t fit, although his character pops in and out, showing the film doesn’t do a good job balancing these plot arcs well. And Kathy Bates is in it. Kathy Bates is in it! Not like she does much. Just filler, for the purpose of stretching this out even longer than it needs to be.
‘The Boss’ is mostly unfunny filled with clichéd and tiring jokes and gags (that are seen this, done this kind of vibe). The film’s story has promise, but unfortunately doesn’t have enough steam for a runtime of 99 minutes (it feels like it’s over 2 hours long; the same thing I had with last year’s ‘Aloha’). Even the audience I was with had a few chuckles, but it isn’t the comedy cinema experience because of its inconsistent and laugh-free jokes, that works well when the film is consistently funny like ’22 Jump Street’ and ‘This is the End’.
Melissa McCarthy in Concert, a.k.a. ‘The Boss’, is a disappointing comedy, if you can say that it’s a comedy.