‘The Boss’ Trailer: Melissa McCarthy + Bad Language + Girl Scouts = Comedy
Well this is certainly an unorthodox adaptation of a Starz political drama starring Kelsey Grammer.
What’s that? The Boss is not based on Boss? My bad.
In fact, The Boss isn’t based on anything; she’s an “original character created by [Melissa] McCarthy,” from a screenplay written by Steve Mallory, McCarthy, and her director-husband Ben Falcone. The latter two last worked together on 2014’s Tammy, which is McCarthy’s lowest grossing starring vehicle to date. It still made $84 million though, which is nothing to sneeze at for a comedy. They’ll try to top that number with The Boss; here’s the official synopsis:
Academy Award®-nominated star Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Tammy) headlines The Boss as a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.
McCarthy is one of the movies’ best working comedians, but she needs good material; brilliant as her improvisational skills are, she can’t do everything by herself. It’s tough to tell from this trailer whether she’s got the goods in The Boss. The premise has potential, but it also looks like a lot of the recent movies she’s done where she acts obnoxious, talks down to people, and uses a lot of profanity. She’s got a good supporting around her, though: Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, and Kathy Bates. Also: Apparently you’re just allowed to say “s---” in green-band trailers now? Way to break down barriers, Matt Damon!
The Boss opens in theaters on April 8.