Film Review: Boo “The Boss” – New Comedy Falls Short
I do not believe that movies have to be realistic. Film is a medium that allows for imagination to run wild and expectations to be shifted. Comedy, specifically, is a genre that allots for realism to be destroyed.
With that being said, I do believe that there has to be some consistency with the lack of realism in a film. In the new film “The Boss,” the inconsistent use of the lack of realism is the ultimate downfall of Melissa McCarthy’s newest comedy.
After her incredibly successful and hysterical role in “Bridesmaids,” Melissa McCarthy has appeared in a string of comedies that are funny, but not within the same caliber as the “Bridesmaids.”
There is no doubt that McCarthy is a wonderful comedian, especially when her appearances on SNL are taken into account. However, the comedies just have not been as good. The Boss follows as suit, but there is a definable reason why this film misses the mark, and that is the lack of consistency with the realism.
This film follows McCarthy as Michelle Darnell, a successful CEO that loses everything after she goes to jail for insider trading. After she is released from prison, Darnell puts all of her effort into starting a new company that rivals “the Dandelions” (a group most similar to the real world’s Girl Scouts).
While the story of the film is quite good, the writers chose to go off on some tangents that I highly disagree with.
The most outrageous tangent occurs when an incredibly violent fight occurs between Darnell’s brownie troops and the Dandelions. It is very similar to the fight between news teams in “Anchorman.” However, the fight in “Anchorman” works because that film is outrageous and unrealistic from start to finish.
The scene in “The Boss” was jarring because the filmmakers also wanted to make this film have heart. For me, young girls beating the snot out of each other does not correlate with the concept of a touching film.
While McCarthy was funny in her role, I just found the film off-putting. I am fine with a comedy that includes unrealistic scenes or has a touching turn. However, I find it hard for a film to have both, and that is where “The Boss” fell short. The film was not sure of the comedy that it wanted to be.