Like A Boss shouldn’t really be praised, but give it a quiet well done, and then everyone can be on their way
There is a time in everyone’s life when an easy watch is all they really need. A shift away from the pressures of individual, daily struggles and an escape into a silly alternative world with cheap laughs and a love of mindless drama. And, in the nicest way possible, Like A Boss is the ultimate easy watch.
Best friends since birth, Mel (Rose Byrne) and Mia (Tiffany Haddish) run a struggling self-branded beauty store amongst the American super brands. Famed for creating the one-night-stand make up kit, the pair are sought after by beauty mogol Claire Luna (Salma Hayek). Bought out, the pair have someone to answer to for the first time, putting strain on a relationship that seemed like it would never break.
Consistently playing for laughs with Tiffany Haddish doing what she always does (over-the-top approachable humour), whilst bouncing off a straight-edge Rose Byrne, Like A Boss is utterly predictable. Add this to a story that longingly builds to the eventual breaking point, the climax is over in seconds, and really the piece isn’t worth the hassle it suggested it might be; Like A Boss doesn’t actually ‘boss’ anything, but it pretends it does, and for a film of such a light-hearted nature, that’s probably okay.
‘No surprises, no let down’: As a philosophy, it’s a big degradation of the film, but cinema has been at the point where this has been accepted for a very long time. They will keep coming, and keep releasing, so why not offer the stand-out mediocre pieces a glimmer of positivity? Like A Boss shouldn’t really be praised, but give it a quiet well done, and then everyone can be on their way, questing for something a little more meaningful.
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