REVIEW: ‘Like A Boss’ is the first ‘girl boss’ comedy of the decade

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Director Miguel Arteta makes his first debut of the decade with the new comedy “Like a Boss.” This film introduces us to two funny best friends, Mia and Mel who are played by Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne. 

These best friends will have you laughing from the beginning to the end of the film.

Mia and Mel have been best friends for 22 years who are entrepreneurs that created a struggling beauty company. These two balance each other out; Mia is the creative and outgoing one of the business, whereas Mel is the “responsible” one (and I mean responsible very loosely), who takes care of the finances. 

The story unfolds when they are approached by business/makeup mogul Claire Luna who is played by Salma Hayek. She offers them a deal where she takes care of their current debt and owns 49 percent of their company, but the catch is that if one of them quits, she will own 51 percent and take creative control. 

Little do Mia and Mel know that Claire’s motives is to break-up their friendship and take complete control of their company.  

With the unwanted help of Claire, Mia and Mel’s friendship goes through many up’s and downs. While I can say I saw more up’s in the films then I saw downs, Mia and Mel’s friendship was very refreshing and fun to watch; Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne have great chemistry, and you would think that in real life they would have had been best friends. 

While Haddish fits the role of Mia, she didn’t show much versatility in her acting. She has always played the fun, loud, outgoing and funny character in all of the films she’s been in which is not an issue, but I hope to see her in different roles in the future. 

Although you can’t deny that the film has many funny moments and some entertaining drama, I did find that the film lacked depth. 

I found myself throughout the film wanting to know more on what defined the characters personality traits. There is definitely moments of making past references that could have been defining moments, such as Mel having a mom that was a drug addict, which caused the start of Mel and Mia living together, or Mia losing her mother and Mel being a shoulder for her to cry on. 

While these scenes did give some background into Mia and Mel’s relationship, I found them to be unbelievable – due to how they were presented and how short of a conversation the characters had – about these moments that were supposed to be defining who they are. 

I found an even bigger issue with the lack of scenes with Barrett and Sydney who is played by Billy Porter and Jennifer Coolidge. Barrett and Sydney had some of the funniest moments in the film and each time they graced the screen, there was something hysterical happening or being said. 

The film needed more of these characters and it would have been great to see how these two came into the picture. The same thing can be said about Claire in the film – I didn’t get enough of her craziness throughout the film and I wanted to know why her personality was so intense.  

While the film wasn’t perfect, it had lots of light-hearted moments that created some loving and laugh until you cry moments. I loved seeing the genuine friendship between Mia and Mel, and I loved the girl boss moments even more. 

It was great to see two women being shown as entrepreneurs, creating a business that they were truly passionate about. As a girl boss in the making, I left the film very motivated by seeing the entrepreneurship and the loving friendship.