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THE BOSS (2016) – My rating: 7/10

TheBossThe Boss is not a particularly great movie but Melissa McCarthy made it the best it could possibly be.  Her character, Michelle Darnell grew up in an orphanage with children awaiting adoption, if they were lucky.  Michell was adopted twice but twice returned because she was not considered to be a good fit.  This reputation apparently followed her to adulthood.  Never having a family molded Michelle into a tough, no nonsense, sarcastic but successful business woman who struck it rich and who also became a motivational speaker.  Full of herself, popular and the 47th richest woman in the world, Michelle and her assistant Claire Rawlins (Kristen Bell) boards a helicopter after being confronted by her rival, Renault (Peter Dinklage) who tricks her into confessing that she was involved with insider trading.  Renault rats her out to the FBI and she goes to prison for 4 months, loosing everything she owned.  Ben Falcone (Melissa’s true life husband) directed The Boss and also makes a cameo appearance as her lawyer (Marty).  Kathy Bates plays an old friend and mentor (Ida Marquette) who Michelle screwed out of a deal.  After being released from prison, Michelle ends up living with Claire and her daughter Rachel (Ella Anderson).  Their journey begins when Michelle and Claire start a business while reinventing Michelle as America’s sweetheart.  Despite the spoilers, there’s many twist to The Boss.  You can’t imagine how much more there is to this story.  What The Boss is lacking is the smoothness and confidence I usually see in Melissa’s movies.  It seems as if they’re all trying much too hard.  There are many funny moments but the movie is a little too contrived.  All in all The Boss is funny enough to entertain you when you need that pick-me-up.  Peter Dinklage and Melissa are hilarious together.

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VERONICA MARS (2014) – My rating: 7/10

VeronicaMarsI’ll admit Kristen Bell is cute and as my grandson says, hot.  However, in my opinion, the movie Veronica Mars isn’t very cute or hot.  In this updated, modern day, version of Veronica Mars, a teen age semi-quasi private eye goes to college and earns her degree followed by law school where she passes with above average grades. After seeking a job as a lawyer, she is accepted by a prominant law firm in New York but she turns it all down for a private eye and CEO position along side her dad at their own detective agency called Mars.  Did I mention, she also gives up her gorgeous fiance (Chris Lowell), who is also a lawyer, in favor of her old high school flame, now a Lieutenant in the United States Navy?  So, Veronica travels back to her small hometown of Neptune, where she tries to solve a “who done it” murder case for which her old flame was accused and arrested.   Although Veronica strives to get the private eye bug out of her system, she just couldn’t,  no matter how hard she tried.  You could say the moral of this story is “once a dick, always a dick”.  Glad I waited for the DVD.  Not a waste of time but low on the entertainment grid.

HOUSE OF LIES – My rating: 8/10

HouseOfLiesHouse of lies is about Marty Kaan, played by Don Cheadle, who now leads his own consultant firm.  Marty is cut-throat and clever and will stop at nothing to get a high paying client.  His team, formulated from his former company worships his antics and will stop at nothing to get the job done.  It’s all about the money.  The team consists of Marty, Genie (Kristen Bell), Clyde (Ben Schwartz) and Doug (Josh Lawson).  Marty has an estranged wife, Monica (Dawn Olivieri) who’s not so estranged, a wanna be gay son, Roscoe (Donis Leonard Jr.) and a semi-quasi dying father, Jeremiah (Glynn Turman).  Marty has more sex than a hooker and strikes up more meaningless relationships than “The Bachelor”.  To complicate matters, Marty and Genie managed to sleep together and are now so uncomfortable around each other they can barely be civil.   The fast talking, cleaver team is something to watch.  Marty is a legend and together with his team are unstoppable.  This series  is aired on Showtime and is only 30 minutes an episode.