Friday, April 8, 2016

The Boss (R/99 Min.)

Let me begin by saying that if you are a fan of movie star Melissa McCarthy, as opposed to TV star Melissa McCarthy, then this movie is for you.  I am a die hard Gilmore Girls fan so seeing her as anyone other than Sookie St. James is difficult for me to process but who wants to be forever typecast as the bumbling best friend?  I'm one.  And - full disclosure - I have to admit that if I hadn't received a pass for this film, I would have completely missed it.  I wouldn't have believed anyone who told me that I would like it.  BUT!!! Like it, I did.  It was hilariously inappropriate to the point that it had me questioning whether or not I should actually find this funny.  This is one of the few times you'll see me use the phrase, "Sorry.  Not sorry."  I enjoyed this film.  Deal with it.  Okay, so that was a bit strong.

If you haven't heard anything about this film yet, let's catch you up, shall we?  Melissa McCarthy plays Michelle Darnell, a woman who had a rough start in life but found her way out, to the tune of millions and millions of dollars.  She's enjoying the high life until the day she gets busted for insider trading.  Whoops!  When she gets out, she quickly discovers how not easy it is to live without money.

As mentioned earlier, I didn't exactly have high hopes for this movie but I was hooked pretty much from the very beginning.  That may have had something to do with the music, but still.  And for those of you who are inevitably going to ask why I went to see a movie that I didn't think I'd like, the answer is, why not?  How do you find out if you like new things if you never try them?  Huh?

Melissa McCarthy was perfect for this role.  I would love to see every minute of the bloopers from this film. I don't see how they were ever able to finish a good portion of the scenes.  From the teeth-whitening scene to the fight scene, Melissa proved that she can definitely laugh at herself.  I mean, you can't perform like she did and not crack yourself up.

And Kristen Bell.  I'm having trouble thinking of anyone else who could have played opposite Melissa as well as she did.  She's one of those people whose sense of humor surprises you.  Or it would if you hadn't seen anything else she'd already been in. In one scene, she and Melissa were playing with each other's breasts (no, not like THAT) and it was one of those "I wouldn't be surprised at all if there are women out there who really do stuff like that" scenes.   These two need to be in more movies together.  Oh!  And Kristen was so much more than just funny in this but, admit it, you're not going for the serious bits, are you?

There are several more characters that are worth mentioning but...I'm not gonna.  Not that they don't deserve it.  I just think that the two already mentioned are the main reason to go see The Boss and the rest is just icing on the cake.

Before I break this down, let me take a moment to say that this movie is SO not for kids.  While I most certainly can't and won't tell you what to do with your own children, I will say that I would have reservations about watching this with an older teenager, much less a young child.  So there.

Now, I know you're wondering why on earth this movie could possibly be rated R.  Let me tell ya.

Sex/Nudity - Really, there wasn't any though it was discussed a LOT!

Cussing/Swearing - And then some.  I took a notebook with me to keep track of the words but I managed to misplace it since I left the theater. I'm cool like that.  Rest assured though that I don't believe any words were missed.  They said all the good ones including the one I hate more than any other word in the English language.  For those of you wondering, that would be the C one. Ugh!

Drinking/Drugs - Yes and yes.

Violence - Yes, but it's funny violence.  What?  Don't judge me.

Stomach-turning moments - At no point did I feel like I was going to hurl on my cousin or the guy next to me who snort laughed through the entire movie.  And I kinda expected to at some point.

Speaking of laughing, there was a lady in the audience who was a scream laugher.  You know the ones.  When I wasn't laughing because of her laughter - which there was a lot of - I was feeling sorry for everyone in her immediate vicinity.  Their ears had to have been ringing.

If you're in to sophomoric humor, this is the movie for you.  If you are a big fan of "that's what he/she said" humor, this is the movie for you.  This movie is definitely NOT for everyone but if you've seen the trailers, you can get a good idea of whether or not it's something you'd be okay watching.  Melissa is rude, lude, and socially unacceptable.   But, it totally works.

Stick around for the credits.  Or don't.  Just don't blame me if you miss some more funny.

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