The Boss (2016) Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Ella Anderson, Tyler Labine, Kathy Bates Movie Review

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The Boss (2016)

The Obnoxious One

Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy - Ghostbusters) didn't have a great childhood as a foster kid which is why she ended up driven to succeed. And succeed she did as she became a titan in the business world who seemed to have the ability to simply attract money. That is until her former colleague turned rival, Renault (Peter Dinklage - Pixels), played a part in her fall from Grace which not only led to a stretch in prison but the loss of everything she owned. It is how she comes to be living on a couch in Claire's (Kristen Bell - You Again) apartment, her former assistant and a mum of one. But it is also how she comes across a new business idea with girl scouts selling brownies.

I like both Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Bell, there is something about the both of them which is simply likeable, unfortunately in "The Boss" there likeable nature doesn't come in to play for the simple reason that both their characters are severely annoying. Their characters are not the only one as Peter Dinklage as Renault and Kathy Bates as Ida are equally as annoying. About the only character in the entire movie which isn't annoying is that of nice guy Mike, played by Tyler Labine.

But you see "The Boss" is a modern comedy which works on having characters that are annoying and unpleasant. We are meant to laugh when ever Michelle acts nasty and aggressive, we are meant to laugh when ever a character references a sexual act and we are meant to laugh at characters which in truth are more caricature than character. The thing is that whilst some might find annoying characters entertaining I just find them annoying and in this case over the top annoying as well which simply fails to make me laugh.

What this all boils down to is that "The Boss" is a completely typical modern comedy which trades on a sort of humour which I don't find funny, but for many I imagine watching Melissa McCarthy being obnoxious in the name of comedy might make them laugh.