The Boss tells a story of a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she’s caught insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.
Despite knowing that she could do so much better, The Boss is just another Melissa McCarthy bomb amongst a slew of other senseless adult comedies films that has failed to garner any real laughs. She hasn’t gave a decent comedic performance since Bridesmaids and in saying that, it seems Kirsten Wiig has been suffering from the same issue with her strange “comedic” performances but thankfully she’s at least had The Martian amongst other serious performances to lift her game. It’s the same with comedy duo Tina Fey and Amy Pohler who have also struggled to truly make their mark on the big screen with more hits than misses, although Fey may have made more luck in her transition to big screen comedy that doesn’t rely to heavily on the sex jokes.
But this doesn’t mean that the guys have it any easier and it’s just a problem of female comedians attempting to truly make their mark in a predominately male industry. It’s just that the majority of the comedy in cinemas now is overtly sexualised and alcohol heavy and it’s possibly the only way to really get anyone’s attention. I’m not saying that sexual jokes can’t be funny, because clearly something is going right, but there’s so much more that could be used in a humorous context.
Either way, The Boss failed to provide any sort of entertainment with hardly a redeemable scene as it was a film of cheap comedy heavily reliant on the senseless vulgarity provided by the tweens and an almost shameless McCarthy and Bell to create such a lackluster “comedy” of a film that has become fashionable amongst a crowd of other films that fail to provide any sort of true entertainment and defies any sense of the word of “parody.” Comedies are supposed to help us escape our lives not wishing we’d run back to them, screaming for a refund and questioning the consideration we’d even given in seeing something like this – whether there was a male or female in the lead.