Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage and Kathy Bates

 Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone (her hubby), have joined forces again, and thrown caution to the wind ~ bringing us a film filled with money, mayhem and some serious cat fighting…this is THE BOSS!!

As we meet the past foster kid, turned ultra rich Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy), she is passing on her words of wisdom to the masses, explaining how they too can take on the world, and achieve her lifestyle.

When fellow mega mogul Renault (Peter DInklage) devises a plan to send Michelle to the BIG HOUSE, her world comes crashes down around her, and she is in for a few months of R & R in a 10 x 10 cell…

Once out and ready to reclaim her fortune, Michelle is left with nothing but the clothes on her back and her drive to succeed.

Having no choice but to reach out to her past assistant Claire (Kristen Bell), Michelle finds that their friendship might not be as solidified as she thought.

While Claire tries to make enough to keep her, her daughter Rachel (Ella Anderson), and Michelle eating on a regular basis, the mogul gets a hair-brained idea ~ on forming her own pseudo girl scout troop, making thousands off of the best damn brownies you ever tasted…and teaching these youngsters “the rules of the road” in business, and in life, all along the way…

I give THE BOSS a rating of: Wait and catch this one on DVD or NETFLIX: I was so excited to see McCarthy back on the Big Screen, as I love and her comedic genius at work, but, sadly, THE BOSS wasn’t at all what I was hoping it would be. From the every once in a while comedic scene, to the over the top F-bomb for no apparent reason except to get the R-rating, to the in cohesive editing taking you abruptly from one storyline to another and abruptly back again, this film totally misses the mark. It pains me to give yet another bad review to a collaboration between McCarthy and her hubby Falcone, but, just like with TAMMY ~ we pushed to hard ~ for the laughs, for the mayhem, heck we even pushed too hard to work in her characters foul mouth around the kids…leaving me to say ~ If you love Melissa like I do, then you may want to go check it out at the theater, but if you are thinking this is a hilarious film that you just have to see, head my warning ~ It’s NOT! And if you are thinking with the storyline focusing around a girl scout troop that this might be a great night out with the kiddos – think again their too – as this is definitely not a film for the youngsters under 13 to view ~ so head the R-rating. From the concept of producing a film with lots of kids, but NOT FOR KIDS, to the backhanded humor and totally forced hijinks throughout, THE BOSS became one BIG MESS for me…no matter how hard I tried to convince myself otherwise. Maybe it’s time for Melissa to focus on bringing to life another writer’s characters, giving us the comedy we love from her, and love her for….

Kathy Kaiser

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