Melissa McCarthy, so good in "BRIDESMAIDS," has not made a genuinely enjoyable film since. "TAMMY," and "IDENTITY THIEF," both have fans, but this reviewer wasn't among them. The director of "TAMMY" is responsible for "THE BOSS," and it's say's a lot about Hollywood and ego that Ben Falcone didn't recognize how poor the script was while shooting it and make changes.
McCarthy plays Michelle Darnell, a rich executive caught for insider trading and sent to jail. Released from prison after only 6 months, she's lost everything. Without a home or income, she manages to get her former assistant, Claire, to take her in. Miserable with her new station in life, things suddenly change when one day while accompanying Claire's daughter to a girl scout meeting, Michelle finds her new calling,...making their bake sale a huge business!
Any thoughts that the girl scout angle might make this ok for kids would be wrong. There are disgusting, unfunny attempts at humor and none of them work. The attempt to make the building of a relationship between Claire(Kristen Bell) and McCarthy's character always feels forced and unbelievable. Unless one's going for a completely all out fantasy farce ala "Austin Powers," a comedy should have some characters that are likeable and they're not anywhere to be found in "THE BOSS."
While "THE BOSS" steals from so many better films, "TRADING PLACES,"etc., it never achieves any of the entertainment value found therein.
UNIVERSAL has retained the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this MPEG-4 AVC encoded 1080p blu-ray. Colors are vibrant, complimenting the clothing and giving the city a warm, appealing atmosphere. Detail is excellent, revealing blemishes on various actors and the results of really impressive skin care regimen on others. Contrast is impressive, with inky blacks retaining detail in even the darkest scenes. A great looking image!
A DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix has been provided. This is the kind of mix that used to be typical for comedy releases 10 years ago. While there are some ambient effects, when not showcasing music, surrounds are under-utilized. Most of the sound is center front channel focused. Dialogue is always intelligible and free of distortion. It's not a bad mix, but less engaging than found on most comedy releases of late.
Along with the blu-ray, a dvd and UV code are included. UNIVERSAL has provided both the theatrical and Unrated version. The theatrical version is recommended only due to the film ending sooner!
An alternate ending, deleted scenes, extended scenes, a gag reel and other featurettes are included(all in 1080p)