Like A Boss
review by Bobby Blakey
Over the years Tiffany Haddish has become a force of nature blasting through Hollywood with numerous projects in film and TV. Her over the top persona might not work for everyone, but from everything I have seen you better get over it because that is jut who she is and I love it. Her latest film, Like A Boss has her teaming up with Rose Byrne and Salma Hayek to bring the laughs and women empowerment with Beatriz For Dinner director Miguel Arteta at the helm. Could this film offer up that special make-over that brings the laughs or will it lack foundation?
Like A Boss follows best friends Mia and Mel who are living their best lives running their own cosmetics company they’ve built from the ground up. Unfortunately, they’re in over their heads financially, and the prospect of a big buyout offer from a notorious titan of the cosmetics industry Claire Luna proves too tempting to pass up, putting Mel and Mia’s lifelong friendship in jeopardy. The beauty business is about to get ugly. I have to be honest I was amused with the first trailer, but over time it had kind of lost any interest and wasn’t really something I cared all about seeing any longer. Being a fan of the ladies involved I was still willing to give it a try.
While the story is pretty clichéd throughout with all the normal tropes of these buddy comedies it still delivers on a few levels. The cast is where it succeeds the most with Byrne and Haddish having such great chemistry. You believe these two are lifelong friends and it’s fun to watch them engage with each other and the other characters in the film. Hayek is the villain of sorts and looks to me hamming it up. There are times where she is almost cartoonish villain, but it works making her fun to watch although at times like she is in a different movie altogether.
The supporting cast do a great job with rounding out the fun with all their friends and employees really a bigger necessity and used well unlike some films of this kind. There are no really big twists as it plays pretty by the numbers, but took the smart choice to go rated R so to help it stand out. There are some dirty jokes and language that isn’t overly necessary in this story, but
helps to keep the laughs coming and allow the characters to react more real in some cases.
There is obviously a female empowerment element, but was so glad to see someone treat them as just strong women instead of trying to force some unnecessary message. These women have flaws and grow, but throughout are standing on their own and showcasing strong characters. This is far from the hilarious comedy I was hoping for, but does offer up laughs and fun that fans of these ladies will enjoy.