Last night I attended what I expected to be just another installment in Melissa McCarthy’s long line of over the top, slapstick, fat girl stereotype movies. Was it over the top? Of course. Full of slapstick style, physical comedy? A little bit, yes. Did it fall into the pattern of tired fat girl stereotypes? Absolutely not. Instead, McCarthy plays a successful, confident, and powerful plus sized mogul with a penchant for turtlenecks. A wardrobe choice that is never explained in the movie so you will not convince me that it wasn’t to mask her double chin.
Why mask the chins? Well I don’t believe it was to hide something many might consider unattractive. The turtleneck and amazing contouring job on behalf of the makeup artist are meant to give her usually soft, round face a more pointed look with sharper features in an effort to convey her power, much like Evil Queen in Snow White. But enough about chins and contouring, let’s talk about The Boss.
The movie itself is by no means original, there are times where it resembles Troop Beverly Hills and a certain quality you usually find in Adam Sandler flicks like Don’t Mess With The Zohan and Grownups. But at the heart of all the over the top ridiculousness that you find in this type of Hollywood comedy, there is some great chemistry between the actors that not only help bring home the laughs but bring a certain amount of authenticity to the underlying plot of the typical lonely and self-centered, wealthy mogul type who is forced to connect with an underappreciated employee, and finds themselves with a connection more valuable than money. Like I said, not original but definitely believable and absolutely well-acted.
The chemistry between McCarthy and her assistant, Kristen bell, is perfect, they play off each other well and their banter comes across natural and genuine. The same can be said of Peter Dinklage and McCarthy as well. Former love interests turned main rivals that still seem to be carrying a torch for one another. They too have a bond that seems believable and natural in a film that has plenty of cheesy moments. I believe that it’s this chemistry that helps hit home the laughs in an otherwise predictable storyline.
While I am not usually a fan of these types of comedies and not really a big fan of McCarthy, I’d say overall this movie was a fun and effective comedy. Plenty of laughs and fun moments and seeing a plus size woman play a starring role where she is successful and intimidating was a nice change of pace. But I also think that this is something McCarthy has proved can be box office gold a few times already. We know fabulous, fat ladies can make us laugh, now let’s see if she can broaden that range and we can see her in something a little more serious. I think not only does she have the range to pull it off, but she has the star power and pull to make it a hit.
Director: Ben Falcone
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage
Release Date: April 8th 2016