Michelle Darnell is accustomed to calling the shots and getting her way. But Michelle apparently never met Martha Stewart or she might have known that a little thing called insider trading can take anyone for a fall– including a high-powered business tycoon — sending you straight to jail without passing go or collecting 200 dollars in the process.
But Michelle knows a good comeback scheme when she sees one, and when her jailbird days are behind her, she sets out to soften her image and remake her fortune. Will the many people she bulldozed over on her way to power be willing to forgive and forget? That’s one of the roadblocks thrown in her way as she rebuilds her life once she returns to life outside the prison walls.
Melissa McCarthy stars as Darnell, the title character in The Boss, a comedic romp from a script penned by McCarthy along with Steve Mallory and Ben Falcone.
Kathy Bates, Peter Dinklage and Kristen Bell co-star in this Universal release produced by Falcone, along with Adam McKay and Will Ferrell.
McCarthy’s last big-screen outing, Spy (2015) easily topped the 100 million dollar mark. While critics gave that caper comedy high marks — a 94 score on RottenTomatoes — praise for this latest effort has been somewhat muted. Rottentomatoes clocked in at a weak 18 per cent, but the wanna see for The Boss exceeds 90 which suggests Melissa McCarthy at this point in the game may very well be critic proof — at least in so far as opening weekend is concerned.
The Boss is rated R — the dialogue is at times raunchy and makes a hard right turn — and runs one hour 33 minutes.
McCarthy on her character, Michelle:
“Michell Darnell has been with me for a long time. It’s a character I started about 15 years ago or so at the Groundling Theater (in Los Angeles). It’s the same place I met Ben. The same place I met Dax Shepard, Kristen’s husband. And a bunch of other people that are in the movie. It’s actually where I met Steve Mallory…Steve Mallory and I and Ben all wrote The Boss together.
I played her at the Groundlings and I could just — I could never let her go. I really was taken with her. I was taken with that energy. And just how bombastic she was and how confident and kind of — in the weirdest way — you also kind of thought she made sense even though she was so extreme. And I just always wanted to go back to her. It’s the one ah — I’d like to expand her world. Like a sketch wasn’t really enough.”