The Boss (2016 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ben Falcone|
|Music by||Christopher Lennertz|
|Edited by||Craig Alpert|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$78.6 million|
The Boss is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Ben Falcone and written by Falcone, Melissa McCarthy and Steve Mallory. The film stars McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Ella Anderson, Tyler Labine, Kathy Bates, Annie Mumolo, Timothy Simons and Peter Dinklage.
The film was released on April 8, 2016, by Universal Pictures and was smaller box office success, despite receiving largely negative reviews.
The story follows Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy), a titan of industry who is sent to prison for insider trading, denounced by her former lover, Renault (Peter Dinklage). After doing her time, Michelle emerges, ready to rebrand herself as America's latest sweetheart, but not everyone she steamrolled is so quick to forgive and forget. With nowhere to go and no one to scam, Michelle is forced to move in with former assistant Claire (Kristen Bell) and her young daughter, Rachel (Ella Anderson). Now at her lowest point, Michelle wastes no time in devising a winner-take-all plan to rebuild her empire.
- Melissa McCarthy as Michelle Darnell
- Chandler Head as 5-year-old Michelle
- Vivian Falcone as 10-year-old Michelle
- Isabella Amara as 15-year-old Michelle
- Kristen Bell as Claire Rawlings
- Peter Dinklage as Renault/Ronald
- Ella Anderson as Rachel Rawlings
- Tyler Labine as Mike Beals
- Kathy Bates as Ida Marquette
- Timothy Simons as Stephan
- Annie Mumolo as Helen Kreagan
- Kristen Schaal as Sandy
- Cecily Strong as Dana Dandridge
- Cedric Yarbrough as Tito
- Michael McDonald as Bryce Crean
- Margo Martindale as Sister Agnes Aluminata
- Mary Sohn as Jan Keller
- Eva Peterson as Chrystal Delvechio
- Presley Coley as Hannah Kreagan
- Aleandra Newcomb as Mariana Gutierrez
- Ben Falcone as Marty
- Steve Mallory as Carl
- T-Pain as himself
- Gayle King as herself
- Dax Shepard as Kyle (Unrated Cut)
- Dave Bautista as Chad (Uncredited/Alternate Ending)
Initially announced as Michelle Darnell, the film is based on a character McCarthy created for the comedy troupe Groundlings. Universal was at first unable to decide on the gender of the film's antagonist. Before Peter Dinklage was finally cast, the studio also considered Oprah Winfrey, Jon Hamm and Sandra Bullock as possibilities. Kathy Bates plays Ida Marquette, Darnell's mentor, and Kristen Bell plays Claire, Darnell's former personal assistant.
Principal photography began March 12, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia and filmed in numerous area locations, including Agnes Scott College, Crescent Avenue in Midtown, Glenwood Park, and the Buckhead Loop area.
In the United States and Canada, pre-release tracking suggested the film would gross $20–24 million from 3,480 theaters in its opening weekend, besting fellow newcomers Hardcore Henry ($7–10 million projection) and Demolition ($2–3 million projection). The film grossed $985,000 from its early Thursday screenings and $8.1 million on its first day. It went on to gross $23.6 million in its opening weekend, finishing first at the box office.
The Boss received generally negative reviews from critics. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 22%, based on 162 reviews, with an average of 4.5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Melissa McCarthy remains as fiercely talented as ever, but her efforts aren't enough to prop up the baggy mess of inconsistent gags and tissue-thin writing that brings down The Boss." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 40 out of 100, based on 39 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C+" on an A+ to F scale.
|2016||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actress: Comedy||Melissa McCarthy||Nominated|
|2017||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Comedic Movie Actress||Pending|
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