Jordan Sanders (Regina Hall) is one of those hard-driving,
no-nonsense bosses who's clawed her way to the top by charming clients and
intimidating employees. She
lives a completely selfish, self-centered life, where she insists that her
dutiful Assistant, April (Issa Rae) place her coffee exactly so many
inches from the end of her desk, which she does, but the sharp-tongued Ms.
Sanders manages to find a way to constantly berate April, anyway.
April even has her own ideas for an advertising “pitch,” but is
too reticent to present her ideas to the snarling boss.
The plot twist here is weak----a little girl playing magician can't
even hide a quarter very well, but somehow she manages to wave her wand
and turn Jordan Sanders back into a 13-year-old.
Here's where Marsai Martin takes over as little Jordan Sanders.
She'd rather just continue giving orders to April, but because a
nosy neighbor called Child Protective Services, Jordan is forced to go to
Middle School, which she hated as a 13-year-old herself.
(There's a “backstory” scene at the beginning that shows us how
much the other kids made fun of her and her ambitions.)
April, meanwhile, is glad to try to run the office in the Boss'
absence, but to do so in a much more relaxed, cooperative, manner, which
the other employees appreciate, but it doesn't exactly make them more
productive. Maybe they needed
the emotional abuse to motivate themselves, and the sadist Boss naturally
gathered around her a bunch of masochists?
Well, there are a lot of mini-sketches about the “big” Jordan
Sanders being inside the “little” one, and some of the scenarios work
better than others. We cringe
when she tries to hug a shirtless man, or make eyes at her teacher.
But even the comedy that works is about awkward situations, so we
have to depend on the star power of Marsai Martin, which is noteworthy,
but can't really carry the whole movie.
There are some cute moments, but the “value lessons” are so
amorphous that they can't even summarize them very well at the end.
The viewers definitely don't leave the theater wishing they were
back in Middle School. But
lighthearted comedy is in short supply these days, and this one is pretty
much cute and harmless, playing up to a little bit of heart.