Shane wants you to know that, if you’re thinking about going to see Melissa McCarthy’s new pay-cheque “The Boss”: don’t.
Oh you want reasons? Really?
While I sat enduring the ‘comedy’ on offer while watching “The Boss”, it seemed to me that someone had taken a day off at the typecasting agency when they brought McCarthy in for this role. Normally I’d say this was a good idea, I feel that McCarthy has the kind of acting talent that is still yet to be really tapped into outside of comedy but, unfortunately, while this movie can be classified as ‘outside of comedy’ it was not exactly what I had in mind.
McCarthy succeeds when she falls into one of two typecasting categories: 1) the every-woman in a zany scenario ill-equipped to the every-woman’s abilities (see: “Spy”) and 2) the hypersexual overweight comic relief character. (See: “Bridesmaids”, “Pitch Perfect”, Night at the… Oh wait, those weren’t McCarthy.)
Sadly, “The Boss” utilises all the wrong areas of the actress’s talents by having her play a cold-elite type (granted, she is still overweight and hypersexual). If there is one thing that Melissa McCarthy does well, it’s playing warm characters. The ‘drama’ of the story hinges on the idea that ‘The Boss’, played by McCarthy, is too cold to understand the value of having a warm, loving family; so when the first half of the film is built upon the support The Boss receives from a warm loving family, the concept falls flat.
The true weakness comes from the vacuum of personality that is Kristen Bell; you will spend the entire movie either not noticing that she is in it or not caring that she is. I’ve seen J-Lo give a more emotive performance as the Single Mom character. Her arc ends with her realising that she doesn’t need to focus so much on her career, she needs to focus more on looking good and dating people. Mmmm, that’s good screenwriting.
The movie gets particularly bad in the last quarter; the two characters realise that they misheard one another and so the last half-hour of fallout was totally pointless AND YET, instead of realising their wrongs and seeing that they have a family and money now, they go on a crazy mission to claim back the rights to a company they sold for a large amount of money, as if that was the point of the movie all along. I couldn’t believe they let me think this movie was coming to an end just to throw that unfunny crap at me for another 30 minutes.
On a side note: while my girlfriend, myself and 40 other unsuspecting idiots stared blank faced through this entire movie, a lady behind us roared with laughter the entire way through. So if you are that lady, I recommend you go watch this movie. If you’re anyone else on the planet, I recommend you stay well clear.