After financial tycoon Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy) is caught for insider trading, she is sentenced to jail and loses everything. When she is released, she becomes dependent on her ex-assistant Claire (Kristen Bell) and plots her comeback with a brownie empire.
But when her past insecurities catches up to her, and her nemesis Renault (Peter Dinklage) is at her heel, she may lose everything once again.
'The Boss' is well paced and with a seemingly straightforward plot, which unfortunately gets slightly derailed with the turn into action comedy towards the end.
Plot aside, Melissa McCarthy manages to stir up several laugh out loud moments, particularly the teeth whitening scene, which made my insides hurt. Bell, however, is sidelined, and is more a support for McCarthy's character. That said, it feels like Michelle Darnell is a reincarnation of McCarthy's recent characters just with a different wig, and it feels slightly too comfortable.
Whilst 'The Boss' met the bar in terms of laughs, the vulgarity and crude elements were perhaps too heavily relied on, and though it portrays strong female characters, they are often pitted against one another.
Melissa McCarthy- Michelle Darnell
Kristen Bell- Claire
Also stars Peter Dinklage, Kathy Bates and Ben Falone.
'The Boss' is a funny, if crude comedy that is pacy, if slightly off-track plot wise. McCarthy once again manages to steal the show, even if her character feels slightly recycled, sidelining Kristen Bell. Ultimately, 'The Boss' is an enjoyable movie for a Friday night, but does little to challenge the genre or its talented cast.