The Boss

The Boss
The Boss
  • R
  • 1h 38m
  • 2016
Rotten22%
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Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, The Heat) stars as Michelle Darnell, a titan of industry who is sent to prison for insider trading. After doing her time, Michelle emerges, ready to rebrand herself as America's latest sweetheart, but not everyone she steamrolled is so quick to forgive and forget. With nowhere to go and no one to scam, Michelle is forced to move in with former assistant Claire (Kristen Bell - Frozen, Showtime's House of Lies) and her young daughter, Rachel. Now at her lowest point, Michelle wastes no time in devising a winner-take-all plan to rebuild her empire. Can she reclaim her status as the No. 1 screwer, or will the love of one family screw her for good?

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Rotten22%
Critics Consensus: Melissa McCarthy remains as fiercely talented as ever, but her efforts aren't enough to prop up the baggy mess of inconsistent gags and tissue-thin writing that brings down The Boss.
Reviews
The Atlantic
Megan Garber
Rotten

The Boss is sketch comedy, with none of the lines colored in.

June 25, 2017
London Evening Standard
Charlotte O'Sullivan
Fresh

The confidently modest McCarthy creates her own happy endings. Make a date with this woman and you...

June 25, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Rotten

It's quite funny, though not exactly original, and as with Amy Schumer, you can see how McCarthy g...

June 25, 2017
Little White Lies
Josh Slater-Williams
Rotten

In the film's floundering search for a decent laugh, the wackiness is upped to desperate levels in...

June 25, 2017
Chicago Reader
Leah Pickett
Rotten

Dinklage is awful as the foppish villain, and aside from one uproarious, ad-libbed riff, McCarthy...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
McCarthy's hard-edged comedy squanders its potential.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Boss is a sometimes hard-edged comedy about a financial guru (Melissa McCarthy) with a hard-scrabble past who's thrown into jail and has a tough time working her way back to success after she gets out. Michelle Darnell is a pretty bawdy character: She swears at and in front of kids, freely dispenses sexual advice, and can't stay away from her sometimes-violent nemesis. She also has a take-no-prisoners attitude toward business. As such, much of the movie's material -- including frequent sexual innuendo/references, lots of swearing (including "f--k"), cocaine use, and an all-out rumble in which moms and kids rip one another's hair off, shove and toss each other around, and generally beat each other up -- is better suited for older teens and adults. That said, somewhere underneath all the mayhem are messages about redemption, friendship, and money not buying happiness.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:April 8, 2016
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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