7 films in UAE cinemas this week
The Boss (PG15)
Fronting the likes of Bridesmaids, Tammy and the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, Melissa McCarthy has definitely accrued the status as Hollywood’s go-to girl when a female comedic lead is required. Like a gender-flipped Will Ferrell, she has mastered the ability to add just the right amount of absurdity and bombast to otherwise entirely recognisable, everywoman characters. Whatever self-created dilemma she finds herself in, you end up rooting for her – even if you want to strangle her repeatedly in the process. Such is the case with The Boss, where she plays industry titan and “the richest woman in America”, Michelle Darnell. However, she is sent to prison for insider training, and upon her release teams up with old assistant Kristin Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, You Again), to forge a new business empire centered around the Brownies. Her quest to again be a business success, though, founder on some people’s inability to forgive or forget her earlier misdemeanours. While the somewhat patchy plot needs to be overlooked for the sake of your continued enjoyment, The Boss sees McCarthy – complete with Reba McEntire wig – bring her characteristic brand of direct, squirm-in-your-seat gags, which is enough to make this an enjoyable romp. Directed by her husband Ben Falcone, it certainly won’t linger long in the memory, but sometimes that’s absolutely fine.
In cinemas April 7