The Boss

The Boss

Ben Falcone (2016)

94min
15 Certificate
Tue 17 Dec 9pm - 11:05pm Film4
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Review

Our Score
Melissa McCarthy and her husband, director Ben Falcone, re-team following their 2014 comedy Tammy for another round of cheap, lazy gags that involve McCarthy working very hard for little or no pay-off. This time she plays multimillionaire businesswoman Michelle Darnell, whose assets are frozen after accusations of insider trading levelled by arch rival and old flame Renault (the diminutive Peter Dinklage, here serving up large portions of ham). Kristen Bell plays the long-suffering PA who puts a roof over Darnell's head and stands by as she hijacks her daughter's Girl Guides meeting to pitch a new business idea to sell home-baked treats worldwide. Falcone (who co-wrote the script with McCarthy) seems unsure who is the target for the gags because, between espousing good old-fashioned family values, he has schoolgirls kicking the brownie out of each other, or else McCarthy turning the air blue with profane rants. No doubt McCarthy is hugely talented as a comic actress, but getting in people's faces at full volume with nothing else to balance theaccount is just bad business.

Summary

A successful entrepreneur is imprisoned for insider trading, losing everything in the process. After her sentence, she sets out to launch a comeback and win back the respect of the nation - but with no one else to turn to, she finds herself a reluctant houseguest of her long-suffering former assistant. Comedy, starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell and Peter Dinklage.

Cast & Crew

Michelle Darnell Melissa McCarthy
Claire Kristen Bell
Ida Dell Marquette Kathy Bates
Mike Beals Tyler Labine
Renault Peter Dinklage
Stephan Timothy Simons
Scout Leader Sandy Kristen Schaal
Sister Aluminata Margo Martindale
Dana Dandridge Cecily Strong
Helen Annie Mumolo
Marty Ben Falcone
Director Ben Falcone
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Swearing, drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 10 Jun 2016
Comedy