The world of business can be very harsh. Trying to make it big while avoiding being crushed by business competitors can reveal dark sides of ourselves we didn’t know we had, and in the process, we can become backstabbing, self-centered jerks.
“The Boss,” starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell and Peter Dinklage, offers a comedic view of the hectic ride on the road to success. But is this film something we should invest in, or like most problems, should we try to sweep it under the rug and pretend it’s not there? Well …
Michelle Darnell (McCarthy) is the 47th richest woman in the world, so rich, apparently, that she can ride into a seminar on a golden phoenix. She’s also a cutthroat business tycoon convicted of insider training, so she becomes broke.
Seeking help from her old assistant, Claire (Bell), Darnell is bent on getting back to the top through a surprisingly profitable brownie market. The plot is cliché and predictable.
Nevertheless, the film is still entertaining, and watching Darnell turn her Darnell’s Darlings from a knock-off Girl Scout troop into a full-blown confectionary empire is fun to watch. Who knew Girl Scouts could get so violent?
The sub-plot of Darnell’s fear of forming attachments with others, due to a lonely childhood, also plays a significant role in the movie, and thankfully, it’s handled and resolved in a decent way.
One of the film’s biggest drawbacks, though, is the characters. McCarthy owns every scene she’s in, thanks to her dominant and somewhat loud personality. She probably plays the best character because the message of perseverance on the road to success is something she understands well.
The downside to her character is that some of her jokes and comedic moments fall flat. If you’re not a fan of humor that involves crude jokes and a boatload of cussing, then you probably won’t enjoy this film much.
The rest of the cast, especially Bell, does well but none of them really leave any memorable performances.
Dinklage, who plays Darnell’s scorned ex-boyfriend bent on ruining her, did an amazing job keeping a straight face through his scenes – a feat few could accomplish when making jokes that leave an entire theater laughing in their seats.
Ultimately, this film is a lot like the character’s product: pleasing, but only for the moment. If you’re a McCarthy fan, you should go see this, but if not, wait until Netflix has it.