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The Boss

by on Apr.16, 2017, under Movie Reviews

the bossThe Boss sets up Melissa McCarthy as a leader in the corporate world, constructing her own empire. At her peak, she’s snobby, elitist and super-egotistical. But then, she gets caught for insider trading, ends up in prison, and in true Martha Stewart fashion, she re-emerges from the joint to rebuild her brand.

While not overly original, the film falls flat for a number of reasons. Normally, I like Melissa McCarthy but she seemed awkward in the lead role as she doesn’t play the corporate type in this context very convincingly. Another part of the problem is that she’s supposed to be the funny one at the same time playing against her straight-laced, hard working assistant portrayed by Kristen Bell. It was hard to find the funny at times and in other cases they tried too hard to make it happen.

Paul Feig wasn’t in on this one; McCarthy along with Ben Falcone (who also directed) were credited as writers. Unfortunately the script doesn’t really present anything but a formulaic approach and even with a strong cast, the film isn’t very funny or even all that compelling. I found my mind wandering while watching it.

In regard to the cast, there’s a good number of recognizable names here including Peter Dinklage, Kathy Bates, Kristen Schaal, Dax Shepard and Tyler Labine.

There’s plenty of other things to watch, like maybe watch Sausage Party a second time, like I’m doing right now…

reviewed by Sean McKnight

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Hit and Run

by on Aug.25, 2013, under Movie Reviews

Hit and Run, written, directed and starring Dax Shephard (he also has an editing credit) is a fun, exciting car-chase romp with a bit of a dark romantic comedy twist to it as well…

Starring Kristen Bell (who co-produced) as Shepard’s love interest, the story revolved around the two: she, an aspiring scientist who lands a big job in LA, he, a former getaway driver/bank robber that is in witness protection and isn’t allowed in LA due to his seedy past. Both circumstance collide of course, setting the stage for Bradley Cooper’s ex-partner character to seek revenge on Shephard who testified against him.

The writing is well done albeit formulaic without any real surprises but adequate nonetheless. The storyline runs in a pretty linear way with some comedic moments thrown in to lighten up the ride here and there. The swinger party in the hotel with the senior citizens is a prime moment of levity as is Bell’s psycho ex-boyfriend (although he mysteriously just kind of disappears at the end without any resolution for his character).

There are some car chases and exciting action moments laced throughout with the ultimate goal of testing the 2 lovers through a series of tense moments as they realize that they don’t know each other so well after all. Don’t worry, the satisfying happy, Hollywood ending is there as you’d expect which of course doesn’t make the film very challenging to watch but satisfies the desire for the type of movie you can just sit back and pop popcorn in your mouth to.

Hit and Run turned out to be a fun way to kill some time on a lazy afternoon.

reviewed by Sean McKnight

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