Even though I adore all three female stars, Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne and Salma Hayek, I was not holding out much hope for LIKE A BOSS. But after the air missiles in Iraq last night (1/7/2020), I was ready to get out of the house to see ANYTHING! And --- actually --- it truly isn’t that bad.
Mia Carter (Haddish) and Mel Paige (Byrne) have been friends since middle school. They have bolstered each other through life’s extreme ups and downs --- and started a beauty company, Mel & Mia’s. Though successful, with a great staff, Sydney (Jennifer Coolidge) and Barrett (Billy Porter), the two besties are over $400K in debt.
In rides Claire Luna (Hayek), a cosmetics mogul/diva with boatloads of cash. She offers the women a way out of debt, but then she would possess the controlling share. Mel is all for it, and Mia is totally against signing away their company. The obvious rancor ensues --- with the requisite happy ending --- but it’s not the worst way to spend 83 minutes.
First --- and foremost --- Haddish and Byrne have great chemistry. And they are particularly funny surrounded by their much more affluent friends. The baby shower scene with the infant and a joint is hilarious --- not that I’m advocating smoking a joint around a baby --- NO --- of course not!
Secondly, Hayek is always entertaining --- even in a gawd-awful red wig. She plays the ferocious mogul with aplomb. I love her. And Coolidge, along with Porter, make a great team. Unfortunately, their roles are relegated to inferior ones by the screenwriters, Sam Pitman and Adam Cole-Kelly. These two actors are capable of so much more, it’s disappointing.
So, the question remains --- why is someone at Paramount green lighting a film about women and beauty written by men? Yes, it may have been their original idea, but didn’t someone --- anyone --- think it would be a good idea to have a female’s voice in the dialogue? Just sayin’ ---
When LIKE A BOSS was over, I turned to David --- who was not
impressed --- and asked him “Did it make you forget about Trump and Iran for a brief while?” The answer is definitely yes --- need I say more?
Opinion: Very Mild SEE IT NOW! --- if nothing else --- for a diversion.
I guess the good news about LIKE A BOSS is that its “R” rating may prevent a lot of younger moviegoers from seeing it. It’s also notable that the film runs only 83 minutes, but even at that, it dragged on.
The first part of the movie has so many references to the male appendage that I was wondering where Adam Sandler was hiding. (The “old” Adam Sandler, not the “new” Adam Sandler from the dramatic UNCUT GEMS).
Mel Paige (Rose Byrne) and Mia Carter (Tiffany Haddish) are owners of a struggling beauty company. Enter the very wealthy and investment-seeking Claire Luna (Salma Hayek) to offer the ladies a partnership, and the movie starts its predictable descent into ordinary.
Byrne’s character is mostly adorable, Haddish’s character is mostly annoying, and Hayek’s talents are totally wasted. There are a couple of amusing scenes, but not enough to save LIKE A BOSS. Mel and Mia, at one point, perform an entertaining karaoke duet to the popular hit “Proud Mary” --- you see, their new company is called PROUD. And another moment has their friend’s baby on his back in a crib with a joint next to his mouth --- you’d have to see it to appreciate it.
Director Miguel Arteta has the misfortune of ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD VERY BAD DAY (2014) on his resume. In that movie, even Steve Carell was unfunny. To Arteta’s credit, he helmed THE GOOD GIRL (2002) which was a very decent Jennifer Aniston vehicle.
So, no recommendation from this reviewer for LIKE A BOSS. It’s only good as a diversion, as Jeanne opines.
Opinion: Mild WAIT FOR DVD