As Judith Crist would have put it in one of her old reviews, Melissa McCarthy "comes a cropper" in her latest film, The Boss. It appears Ms McCarthy is hellbent on raking it in while she's hot, which won't be long if she continues to turn out garbage like this. I barely cracked a smile throughout this reputed comedy.
The flick's a Universal Pictures release and it doesn't serve that studio's reputation well, though they may have video sales more in mind than the box-office as far as their finances go.
The strategy may have been to release this loser ahead of the summer action movie onslaught. As usual, Ms McCarthy surrounds herself with a talented supporting cast that includes Kathy Bates, Kristen Bell and Peter Dinklage. It doesn't help, unfortunately.
The plot revolves around a woman, Michelle Darnell (good drag queen name, actually), who goes to jail for insider trading. She returns to society hardened and scammier than ever.
The Boss was co-written and co-produced by McCathy, her hubby and their good friend from their Groundlings improv group. Maybe more distance from this film was needed to see its many flaws and lack of good humor herein.
B for effort, D for execution says Buddy Beaverhausen's report card on this film.