“Approve memos.” “Promote synergy.” These are just two things a Boss would do in the brilliantly dumb Lonely Island tune but it’s Andy Samberg uttering; “swallow sadness” that fits most with the feeling you’ll get upon watching this so-called comedy film. In fact the two minutes of that cocaine snorting, sewer dwelling music video is a better movie than ‘Like a Boss’.
Mia (Tiffany Haddish) and Mel (Rose Byrne) have been friends and business owners for a long time and when their field of work in the make-up industry is recognised by leading tycoon Claire Luna (Salma Hayek), it seems the power of her new investment could drive a wedge in their bond and threaten the core basis of their brand.
This is an utterly meh film in most places and in those other gaps it’s verging on being good, or exceptionally faulty. The problem is that the script tries covering up its flaws with abrasive and most likely improvised sniping and one liners but no amount of screechy back-and-forth antics can hide the pock-marked lame quality of this story.
It’s a tried and tested model and not even some fairly chuckle worthy moments or an attention grabbing restaurant walk out by Billy Porter can mask that it’s a lazy and mostly unfunny flick. Aside from the irritating attempts at humour, the serious side of it all is simply put, rubbish. Mia and Mel’s fallout is somewhat sudden and apart from a ghost pepper scene of hot pain their angry fracture is weak, but not as weak as how quickly the screenplay has them snapping back to reunited buddies.
‘Like a Boss’ could have popped with gloss and hilarity but its a run of the mill feature and nowhere near as “fierce-T” as it may think it is. Haddish is going to be one of those actors you either like or don’t and if you fall in the latter camp then this movie will not sway your mind from thinking she’s loud and annoying. Byrne struggles to land comedy in the more whiny half of the cosmetic duo and even if the two of them have power stemming from loving each other and providing self worth and appreciation for all, the film doesn’t strike very hard with that empowering notion.
Salma Hayek is a carrot-topped sensation as a scheming make-up mogul but not even her mood swings and facial expressions can slaver enough necessary foundation and blusher over this bland film. If you want a humorous light-hearted film with big industry presentations and strong women you’d do better by watching the Jennifer Lopez lead ‘Second Act’.
Written by Troy Balmayer
STAR RATING –★★
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