‘The Boss’: Melissa McCarthy’s Funniest Movie Yet?


Melissa McCarthy has quickly become one of the bosses of comedy, and she’s proving it once again with her new movie called – you guessed it – The Boss. The first full-length trailer for the film, formerly entitled Michelle Darnell, has just been dropped and from the looks of it, this might be one of McCarthy’s funniest movies yet.

Directed by McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone, the movie will star the actress as Michelle Darnell, a leader in her industry who is to prison after getting busted for insider trading. She emerges from her jail stint, ready to rebrand herself and get back into everyone’s good graces. But she soon discovers that all of the people she conned aren’t as willing to forgive and forget as quickly as she hoped.

Aside from McCarthy in the lead, the movie boasts a star-studded ensemble cast, including Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, and Kathy Bates. Kristen Schaal, Cecily Strong, Margo Martindale, Timothy Simons, and Annie Mumolo also co-star in the film.

In addition to starring, McCarthy also co-wrote the script for the movie along with Falcone and longtime friend Steve Mallory (Identity Thief). Per EW, Michelle Darnell is actually based on a character that McCarthy came up with when she was a member of the Groundlings over a decade ago. The flawed character was reportedly a favorite of the actress’s to play while performing with the comedy troupe.

That longtime familiarity with the character is probably part of what makes the trailer for the movie so fun. McCarthy looks to be having a blast playing the over-the-top, in-your-face and borderline obnoxious Darnell, whose downfall from the social top tier is anything but pretty. When the trailer starts out, Darnell is clearly enjoying her reign at the top, throwing her vast money around just because she can. As she puts it, “How wealthy am I? I wanted to come down on a golden phoenix and I sure as sh-t did it.”

But it’s not long before she’s cuffed and thrown in jail. When she emerges six months later, she has to find a way to get back in the game — and she finds a way to do just that via a Brownie troupe. Along the way, she passes on some wisdom to her young recruits, including the perfect sales pitch: “Buy my brownies or I’ll kill you.”

The trailer promises everything we’ve come to love from McCarthy’s movies: foul-mouthed hilarity, more than a little chaos, and, of course, a cameo from husband Falcone. The director, who has made a number of memorable appearances in McCarthy’s films like Bridesmaids, Identity Thief, and The Heat, pops up in the trailer just long enough to piss Darnell off and call her a — well, you should watch it to find out.

This isn’t the first time that Falcone and McCarthy have joined forces for a project. In addition to making cameos in a slew of her movies, he also previously directed the actress in last year’s comedy, Tammy, which the couple co-wrote and produced together. Though that movie failed to impress moviegoers and critics alike, it eventually went on to gross over $100 million at the worldwide box office against a $20 million budget.

If the movie lives up to the trailer, The Boss may be McCarthy’s next commercial and critical hit after the largely successful comedy, Spy, which was released earlier this year.

The Boss is scheduled to hit theaters on April 8, 2016. McCarthy is also set to star in the upcoming Ghostbusters remake, due out next year.

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