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  • Comedy
  • Miguel Arteta
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Yasmeen Mamdouh
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Like a Boss: Debatable

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Two comedy powerhouses, good chemistry and a best friends duo set up seems like a winner, right? Well, Like A Boss proves that to be debatable.

Like a Boss follows two best friends, the calculating Mel (Rose Byrne) and the fierce Mia (Tiffany Haddish) who run their own cosmetics company. When the company faces financial troubles and the pair receive an investment offer from fashion mogul Claire Luna (Salma Hayek), the future looks brighter. Little did they know that this business deal may be the end of their morals, their company, and even their friendship.

The plot is not complicated, boiling down to the classic dilemma that occurs when two best friends mix business with friendship, depicted in a commercial, replaceable, and superficial way. The lack of intricacy in the plot comes with a shallow flow of events, characters motivation, and logic. However, due to the comic genre, that issue does not create as big of a problem as it could have been.

Like a Boss is only kind of funny; despite the comedic talents at its forefront, it never really takes off. The lines are only okay, the acting is either too muddled or too exaggerated, and the ‘real’ funny situations are too few for a feature about two hilarious best friends.

For the acting, Tiffany Haddish – usually a laughter storm – is not able to turn Like a Boss into the funny feature she deserves to star in; nonetheless, you can see her effort to presents her character with personality.

Despite the scripts unfunny lines, Rose Byrne’s performance was also strong, masterfully showing the hesitant and pushover nature of her character. It would have been even stronger, had her character boasted more depth. Salma Hayek was fit for the role of the villain; however, her performance was a little over the top and cartoonish at times. 

Like a Boss is a sadly wasted opportunity, mainly because of its talented cast that should be making much better choices.

Like This? Try

Spy (2015), The Boss (2016), and Hustlers  (2019).

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