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“The Boss” is a raunchy but funny comedy

Melissa McCarthy (right) stars in "The Boss."

Melissa McCarthy (right) stars in “The Boss.”

By Casey N. Wilson/Western Sun staff writer

Any chance to watch Melissa McCarthy (“Gilmore Girls” and “Bridesmaids”) is a real treat and to see her working with Kristen Bell (“Veronica Mars,” “Frozen”) is even better. Both women have some serious comedy chops and they play off each other effortlessly.

newMovie review bugMcCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone, put this project together; it’s their second film together, after 2014’s “Tammy” and this one truly showcases McCarthy’s impressive comedy chops.

She takes on the role as Michelle Darnell, an orphan turned business mogul whose use of insider trading gets her thrown into jail for six months. Bell plays her grounded and overworked assistant Claire, who is the only one who is kind to Darnell after all of the burnt bridges. Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”) is McCarthy’s business man slash sociopath slash sword aficionado ex boyfriend.

You’ll also recognize Kristin Schaal (“Bob’s Burgers” and “30 Rock”) as the overwhelmed brownie troupe leader. Kathy Bates also has a brief role as McCarthy’s old mentor and although her screen time is short, it’s charming.

This movie is full of cheeky humor, mostly from McCarthy who plays a brash character. But if you are not a fan of crude and sexual jokes in copious amounts “The Boss” isn’t for you.

I didn’t know I needed to see McCarthy rap “All I Do is Win” until I actually saw it. T-Pain was a guest star on McCartney’s opening act that had all the makings and theatrics of a Kanye West music video.

However, it is quickly revealed that McCarthy’s money may have not all been legal and is sentenced to five months in federal prison.

Fair Star ratingsElla Anderson (“The Possession of Michael King”)  takes on the part of sweet and realistic daughter of Claire, who invites McCarthy to stay with them, much to the chagrin of her mother. It is clear that Michelle does not know a lot of the social norms we’re used to. Letting a child watch “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” isn’t exactly good babysitting and purposely eating a potentially lethal kind of sushi isn’t something that people do every day.

I won’t say when in the movie or how it happens but there is an actual sword fight between Michelle and Renault that doesn’t feel totally out of place in this comedy. This movie is filled with over the top moments that will give you a good laugh.

Is it the comedy of the year? No. But if you’re looking for a light-hearted raunchy comedy, “The Boss” is definitely worth a watch.

Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Bell star in this comedy about a rich woman whose actions take away her wealth. Rated R for much profanity and vulgarity. 

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