REVIEW: Melissa McCarthy delivers the laughs in ‘The Boss’

Melissa McCarthy in 'The Boss'

Melissa McCarthy in 'The Boss' - Credit: Archant

Melissa McCarthy, famed for her hilarious scenes in ‘Bridesmaids’ and underrated releases ‘Tammy’ and ‘The Heat’, is due to appear on the big screen later this year leading an all-female cast for ‘Ghostbusters’.

But before that, in storms ‘The Boss’, a comedy-action-romance in which McCarthy plays the starring role, portraying super-rich American businesswoman Michelle Darnell: think of her as the female Donald Trump and you’ve got the right idea.

Though, as you might have guessed, she has very few (no) friends and, in fact, most of her colleagues soon describe her as a “horrible person” with a few unprintable words added in to the mix.

We join Michelle as a child at first, as she’s returned by all of her adopted families back to an ever-hopeful nun. “Don’t give up hope. All of God’s children are perfect... In their own ways,” she assures a young Michelle.

Fast forward to her teenage brat years and yet again she’s been abandoned at the orphanage, but this time she’s decided “family’s for suckers! I’m going straight to the top...” And she does.

The scene has now switched to 40 years on where Michelle, the 47th wealthiest woman in America, arrives on a huge golden eagle, raps a bit - with the help of international star T-Pain, no less - and talks about working her ass off to get to her mutlti-million dollar fortune - during a talk about how to get rich quick based on her new book.

Little does she know, all will soon come tumbling down and she’ll be forced to sleep on her PA’s beyond unsafe sofabed - which really has a mind of its own.

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Claire (Kristen Bell) is the PA; a struggling mother pleading for a pay rise, wanting to be called executive assistant.

But the tables soon turn when fur coat and glitzy scarf-wearing, beaver haired Michelle’s fortunes fall as she’s jailed for fraud by Renault (brilliantly played by Peter Dinklage) a former flame holding a grudge.

After Michelle is released from her brief prison term, she finds her house has been repossessed and with nowhere to go.

What follows is a heartwarming (at times) tale of creating a new, better version of yourself (“Michelle 2.0”) she calls it, self belief, friendship, family and trust.

Save for the far-fetched closing sequence which eschews into Bond territory with a sword fight on the top of a roof, ‘The Boss’ is likeable, with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, touches of romance, action and a well-meaning message at its core.

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