The Boss

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Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone have written their second film together in the comedy, The Boss. Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy) is the forty-seventh richest women in America by selling financial self-help books and motivational speaking tours. It seems like Darnell has also made a lot of money by deceiving her boyfriend, Renault (Peter Dinklage) and her mentor, Ida Marquette (Kathy Bates). When Darnell is arrested for insider trading she is sent to prison for five months. (Does this remind you of anyone in particular?) She is finally released only to find that her house and all of her possessions had been confiscated by her creditors. With no place to live and no real friends she moves in with her sympathetic ex-assistant, Claire (Kristin Bell) and her daughter Rachel (Ella Anderson). Darnell takes Rachel to a Dandelion meeting – similar to the Girl Scouts – she decides to sell brownies for a huge profit. Mellissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone wrote this script together, but Falcone directed it by himself. His sub-par directing may be the reason the movie has some funny material, but it’s just not entertaining between the laughs. (This gave me more time to refresh my large buttered popcorn with some hot butter.) When a blind guy can see the one-liners and sight gags being set up a minute before they happen, it’s hard to wait until you’re expected laugh. I’m not sure if the problem is the directing or the script that left out a lot of details. For example, where did Darnell get money to buy brownie ingredients when she is destitute? Let’s not forget the sex jokes and bad language, but that’s expected in a McCarthy film. Even though this film is funny the whole thing just feels thrown together and I’m giving it a C rating.

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.  I rely more on a good story line than special effects.