(Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Kristen Schaal, Kathy Bates, et al / R / 89 mins)
Overview: A titan of industry is sent to prison after she's caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America's latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.
Verdict: Channeling a combination of Lucille Ball and Jerry Lewis, Melissa ushers physical comedy to a whole new level. The movie starts with a little history of Michelle Darnell's troubled childhood, being rejected from family after family. As she grows up, Michelle becomes overly self-reliant, deciding to make it in the world as independently as possible. That independence comes at a cost. Will Michelle grow a conscious or continue her corporate climb, stepping on as many heads needed to make it back to the top? You have to see The Boss to find out!
It is a hilarious movie watching Michelle Darnell transform from a despicable tyrant to a heart-warming character that you ultimately root for. Kristin Bell plays the Dean Martin straight man to Melissa McCarthy's Jerry Lewis. Peter Dinklage is pure icing on the cake with expertly delivered lines and evolving hairstyle.
The kids in the movie are the real winners here. Ella and Eva steal every scene they are in, and the West Side Story rumble on the block is half kid Braveheart and half sugar- cookie filled insanity.
Is this a high-brow, erudite comedy? Newp! This is the heart-warming, trash-talking, hair scalping comedy that will keep you in a silly mood for days! If you need a pick-me-up after a long work week, this is the comedy that will have you seeking out brownies, itching for an old-fashioned street fight, and motivate you to finally ask for that raise. Now go see it!