Like a Boss (2020)
Director: Miguel Arteta
Writers: Sam Pitman, Adam Cole-Kelly, and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel
Starring: Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Coolidge, Natasha Rothwell, Billy Porter, and Salma Hayek
Plot: A friendship is tested when a large makeup company offers to buy a smaller startup.
Review: Like a Boss is a hard movie to review because it’s so very meh. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with it. It’s not offensive in any way. It’s just one of those movies that’s in front of your eyeballs for an hour and a half and then you never think of it again.
Honestly, this movie relies a lot on you liking the two main characters. And they’re… fine. There’s nothing special about them. It’s pretty much just Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne playing the same characters they always play. They’re both likable people for the most part, but I wish the movie would’ve expanded upon their friendship more. We’re kind of just told they’re friends and then watch them fight the whole time.
That’s kind of the biggest problem with the whole movie though. Nothing is really ever super believable. For instance, Salma Hayek’s villainous character doesn’t work at all. She’s kind of just evil for the sake of being evil. They try to give her motivation but its about as realistic as that of a Disney Channel villain. And the idea that Rose Byrne’s character would be attracted to her business instincts at all was laughable. It felt like they just wanted these three actresses together to be funny and they’d just figure out the plot later.
In comedy, it’s not always the worst thing to have a plot that doesn’t make sense. It all comes down to whether or not the movie itself is funny. So, is Like a Boss funny? No. Not really. They kind of just make references to things that exist and hope that alone is enough to make you laugh. Unfortunately, it’s normally not. Do you think that the existance of drones is funny? How about Blue Waffle? Cailou? No? Really? Because this movie seems to think that just because you recognise those things that you’re going to laugh at them. It’s really weird.
But, like I said, comedies like this are a dime a dozen. They’re here. They’re in front of your eyeballs. Then, they’re gone. No one talks about them. No one references them. No one even remembers them. That’s the unfortunate fate of this movie.
TL;DR: Like a Boss is nothing special. It’s, unfortunately, not funny enough to fuel it’s ridiculous plot and will soon be forgotten by just about everyone.
Score: 4/10 (Bad)