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‘The Boss’ Review: Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell & Peter Dinklage

Better than The Heat, Identity Thief and Tammy, The Boss will bring delight to any true Melissa McCarthy fan. I laughed so hard, I cried once or twice. McCarthy and Kristen Bell work so well together, its as if they’ve known each other for years. Sure, The Boss has some flaws, but its so reminiscent of Troop Beverly Hills that is makes it more fun than not.

Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy) is, well was, a successful businesswoman. After she was caught for insider training, she’s sent to prison and loses her estate. When she gets out of prison, she’s ready to take on the world with a new business adventure with her ex-assistant Claire (Kristen Bell). Michelle decides to sell Claire’s delicious brownies and enlists Claire’s daughter Rachel (a lovely performance by Ella Anderson) and a few of her school friends to help. She names them Darnell’s Darlings and the group of girls compete with the other local girl troop, the Dandelions, by going neighborhood to neighborhood to sell their brownies.

Another businessman and Michelle’s ex Renault (Peter Dinklage) gets wave of this business venture and vows to take Michelle down. Being an orphan and someone who’s grown up without family or many friends, Michelle has trouble becoming close to others and sticking around. Could Claire and her daughter Rachel be the ones to get her out of her shell?

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This film has some truly hilarious moments. I particularly loved the scene when the two girl troops battled it out in the neighborhood between their brownies and cookies flying everywhere, I was dying laughing. Also in the scene when Michelle and Claire are attempting to break in to Renault’s office building and Michelle is pretending to do back flips and jumps to get into the office. Between the comedic scenes and a few heartwarming moments, The Boss is a just a fun, girl powerhouse flick with some heartwarming moments. And did I mention Kathy Bates and Margo Martindale also make appearances?

What I Liked: Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Bell together, loved watching their relationship on screen. Loved the Troop Beverly Hills tribute and parallels throughout the film. I’m down for a Shelley Long and Melissa McCarthy film any day! And the showdown between the two girls troops, I laughed so hard.

What I Didn’t Like: Peter Dinklage’s character. He overacted and the screenplay didn’t give him great content. His character came off as annoying and he just was not a great villain. Meh.

How Many Times I Checked the Time: 0

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