HOLLYWOOD—Melissa McCarthy is sure proving that she is the current queen of comedy. The actress who exploded in the cinema arena in the 2011 hit “Bridesmaids.” Her scene-stealing from that movie led to such comic roles in “Identity Thief,” “The Heat,” “Tammy” and recently last year’s hit “Spy.” Her latest role in the comedy “The Boss” proves yet again that women can be just as funny if not funnier in the R-rated world of comedy.
McCarthy portrays Michelle Darnell, a business titan whose fame and fortune comes to a halt when she is sent to prison for insider trading. Upon release, she discovers the life that she used to live is no longer at her finger tips and she finds herself struggling to adjust to a world where she is just like everyone else. Darnell is none too pleased to see her ex-lover Renault (Peter Dinklage) who was responsible for putting her in the slammer to begin with.
Adjusting to her freedom, Michelle gets a hand from her overworked, unappreciated assistant Claire (Kristen Bell) who allows her former boss to stay with her as she gets back to her feet. It is during her time with Claire that Michelle realizes that there are still plenty of opportunities to rebuild her global empire courtesy of Claire’s daughter and selling cookies for Girl Scouts.
Yeah, cue the hilarity. Sitting in the theater and watching those moments unfold with McCarthy and her treatment of the opposing team in her quest for greatness will leave your stomach aching for a break (and that is in a good way because the laughs are so incessant).
“The Boss” does not present anything out of the norm to the audience. We’ve seen this character to some degree portrayed by McCarthy, but the formula proves to work. Michelle has a foul-mouth, her dress code would cause others to frown and her interaction with others is an aim to consistently place herself in a positive light, even though her ego can’t see it. The movie is packed with a load of comedic names including Kathy Bates, Cecily Strong, Margo Martindale, Cedric Yarbrough and Michael McDonald. There is even a cameo by Oprah’s BFF Gayle King.
McCarthy who serves as a producer and writer on the flick, handed directorial duties to her husband Ben Falcone, who also serves as a writer and producer on the film; he also appears in the movie. This isn’t Falcone’s first rodeo behind the camera as he directed his wife in the 2014 flick “Tammy.”
While no trophies will be presented to “The Boss” for originality it does the job of what a comedy is aimed to do: it makes you laugh and the laughs are not just delivered in small doses. They are big, they are funny and McCarthy has proven that she has no plans to disappear from the comedy world anytime soon, nor should she.