Director: Ben Falcone
The only thing this movie is the boss of, is not letting me see it for free.
It’s not particularly offensive or anything, but it’s yet another unfunny, terrible American comedy confined to a single city location—boy does it let you know that it’s set in Chicago.
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Melissa McCarthy stars as Michelle Darnell, a successful businesswoman whose profound lack of empathy and questionable financial practices land her in prison. Following this crippling blow, she remains determined to bounce back, using her skills to commercialize her former assistant’s homemade brownie club (you read it right) while also acknowledging the strengths of relationships with people.
It’s a shame that the latter never really came through, as McCarthy’s character lacks any real likeable features throughout the film.
Granted, it is established early on that she is brought up in a nunnery and has no real family, but in terms of the narrative, this is a poor attempt at encouraging the audience to empathize with her.
The jokes on her character’s part are an interesting mix of both ‘falling down’ and liberal usage of the word “fuck” towards other characters—often within earshot of children. Things like logic and general plausibility take a back seat when we consider that although Darnell is supposedly down in the muck and basically living on another person’s couch, she remarkably has the time to change expensive costumes between each scene. The movie basically disregards the idea of voluntary work and service, as Darnell not only assimilates a collection of Girl Guides into her corporate “brownie outlet”, but also leads them to fight on the streets with the Girl Guides group she took them from in the first place. In short, skip.