The Boss (Sidenote: The Last Witch Hunter, The Cobbler, 99 Homes, and Sisters


(SPOILER WARNING!!! This article does contain spoilers, if you haven’t seen the movie, just see the first paragraph to be informed without spoilers!!!)

The Boss may have its few comedic moments, but Melissa McCarthy is not enough to save this film’s typical cliched old story with more comedic misses than hits!!!

Rating: 3 Stars

There is really not much for me to say for this movie. I have expressed my opinion on Melissa McCarthy, and the type of movie this is. All I can say is judging from the trailers, I knew this movie was not going to be that good. I knew the story is very thin, and it will be up to McCarthy to really add her comedic charm to make this movie worthwhile. Bottomline, I was right on the money.

What I Like: The movie did have some comedic moments. Mainly by the interactions between Melissa McCarthy’s character as Michelle Darnell, with all the other characters in this movie. Her comedic sass and one liners got me laughing out loud for a little bit. It isn’t a McCarthy movie without a big dramatic moment from her. That scene was when she is apologizing to the family she was working with, and you do see that realness sorrow she portrayed in this film. McCarthy is good at that, and honestly, movies with her need to focus on that more.

The So So: One scene really made me laugh, but it does go on the typical old slapstick comedy cliche. That was the scene where Darnell lies on the pull out couch bed, and it immediately throws her against the wall. To me that was really unexpected, and had that surprise laugh from me. After getting my head together, I had to say to myself, is that really the funniest scene in this movie? It kind of is. They did again in the end of the movie to uptight mom Helen Cretan, played by Annie Mumolo, with that scene you get more of a satisfaction because you really didn’t like her character.

What I Didn’t Like: The movie in regards to comedy had more misses than hits. Some of the jokes and slapsticks were completely mediocre. The other thing too is when you tie in the storyline of adding pre teen girls with all that comedy involving language, dirty jokes, and violence, you have to ask yourself, is this comedy really appropriate? Let alone, the story of this movie is a regular cliched story of a rich woman, who suddenly becomes broke, then works her way back up. This time, by creating a girl scouts of her own selling brownies. What I really don’t understand is why a person like Darnell still becomes a jerk after everything that has happened to her. They try to develop it, but it was just too run of the mill reason. Peter Dinklage played the villain, Renault, another big business owner who hates Darnell and wants to see her suffer. That final fight in the end between him and Darnell was amusing, but not in a good way. Why in the comedy between a dwarf and an overweight character makes me want to laugh at them instead of with them. (Maybe I’m an evil person.) The way that fight ended was just too dumb. The movie was just underwritten, and it really tried hard to create a good movie, but ultimately failed in the end.

Overall: The comedic charm of McCarthy may bring some resuscitated lifeless to this movie, but it wasn’t enough to make this a good movie. There may be some good laughs, but they may not be genuine laughs. Any fans of McCarthy will enjoy it only because of her, and that’s about it!!!

Rating: 3 Stars


(Sidenote: The Last Witch Hunter-A movie starring Vin Diesel that doesn’t involve the words Fast and Furious. He pretty much plays a witch hunter that keeps the peace in the world against witches. The dark direction from Breck Eisner was pretty good, with some cool special effects. However, the story was just too thin to begin with and made it boring, and all the twists in this movie was either predictable or very underwhelming. Surprised Michael Caine took a role in the movie!!!
Rating: 2.5 Stars)


(Sidenote: The Cobbler- This movie starring Adam Sandler as a cobbler really started off very interesting. A story of the power of putting a person’s shoe, and looking like that person. It was more of a drama than a comedy, and it did take a while to really develop the story. Once I got into it I was intrigued until the horrific ending that really dropped this movie from relevance. That is a shame if you ask me!!!
Rating: 3 Stars)


(Sidenote: 99 Homes- This movie starring Michael Shannon as a shady home flipper businessman, and Andrew Garfield as a struggling construction worker was a very interesting movie about the business of banks and home loans, and how the business will not hesitate to take a chance to screw innocent people over. Ultimately, by evicting them from their homes, and getting the home for cheap. It is a typical story of rich people taking advantage of the regular people with the angle of home owning and bank loans. I enjoyed seeing Garfield’s character as a desperate man struggling to do what is right from wrong, and how greed can take over you when opportunity arises. It is a good political movie to watch, and makes you think about being careful before you make a big commitment!!!
Rating: 4 Stars)


(Sidenote: Sisters- This was like the movie House Party, but with middle aged Caucasians. It was about two sisters who wanted to make one big party before their childhood home is sold to another family. Some of the party scenes was fun to watch, but as a comedy, it was subpar. You do see that good chemistry between Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, but that is expected. In the end, the movie had very little drama, and under explained situations which leaves you a little confused than feel good satisfaction!!!
Rating: 2.5 Stars)

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