Like A Boss


                This is about women being bold, beautiful, and well, like a boss.  So, taking one look at my photograph on the left, you can see Iím not the target audience here.  Nonetheless, there are still things to be appreciated here, even if it is January, and the new movie releases are ones that even Hollywood has consigned to the bargain bin.

                Rose Byrne and Tiffany Haddish play Mel and Mia, two friends who have been best buddies since middle school.  They went to high school and college together, then decided to start their own business, a makeup boutique.  Mel is the bookkeeper with the level head and the business sense, and Mia is the creative type who just wants to enjoy herself, and her success.  Though it would appear that they are opposites, the relationship works because they trust each other.  There are a few other women in their little circle of friends, and they are also close with their two employees, the classic Sad Sack Receptionist, and yes, the token funny Gay Guy.  Itís nothing if not formulaic.

                But the happy scenario is soon to be upended, because the business is in financial trouble, and they are suddenly courted by a bigger company, run by Claire Luna (Selma Hayak).  Claire tells the two long-time partners that she needs their creative ideas, but really, sheís trying to drive a wedge between them, so their company will completely fall apart and she can take over.  After all, thatís how she squeezed out her own partner several years ago.  So, the ďbad guyĒ is actually a conniving witch, but she is skillful enough to make the long-time friends actually have a fight and a falling out.

                Along the way, we have a keystone kop-style chase scene (featuring bumbling security guards), a few raunchy sex jokes (but no nudity), lavish makeovers (yes, even on someone not exactly beautiful in the first place), and some physical stunts (like jumping off a roof into a swimming pool---donít try this at home).  But really, in the end, itís about the value of friendship, and of course, accepting your friends as they are, and not as you would want them to be.

                No, it wonít win any Academy Awards.  It may not even find a wider audience.  But for a little silly hilarity on Girls Night Out, you could do worse.


Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, DFW Film Critics Association