Story Theater Movie of the Week for April 29, 30, May 1
Icon. Maverick. Celebrity. Billionaire. Felon. Boss.
Welcome to the story of a comeback kid who has worked her butt off to get to where she’s at today. Trust that the wealthiest woman in the country isn’t going to let little somethings like bankruptcy and federal prison cramp her golden style. She’s a phoenix who’s gonna climb and crawl her way back to the top.
Ladies and gentlemen…meet The Boss (rated R for langauge and brief nudity; and with a running time of 99 min., will be shown at the Story Theater this weekend, April 29, 30, May 1, at 7 p.m. only).
MELISSA MCCARTHY, whose pitch-perfect timing and deceptively effortless physical comedy has helped to rocket Spy, The Heat, Identity Thief, Tammy and Bridesmaids to blockbuster status, stars as Michelle Darnell, a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she’s convicted of insider trading. She emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart and reestablish herself as the doyenne of finance, but not everyone she steamrolled is so quick to forgive and forget.
The performer leads a dynamic cast including KRISTEN BELL (Frozen, Showtime’s House of Lies), TYLER LABINE (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil), PETER DINKLAGE (HBO’s Game of Thrones, The Station Agent) and Academy Award winner KATHY BATES (Misery, TV’s American Horror Story) in a comedy about finding your inner darling while still trying to get dirty, stinking rich.
A hard-knock upbringing has made Michelle Darnell the person she is today: a brash, savvy businesswoman whose unrelenting drive to earn sweet, sweet cash has transformed her into a financial rock star with a colossal ego that accompanies a Midas touch. Her counsel commands the attention of world leaders, A-list celebrities and even average Joes and Janes who pay top dollar to hear the gospel firsthand. However, with this laser-focused acumen and power comes a deep well of spite and jealousy from the people she has bulldozed over the years…and her line of haters is a mile long.
Leading the charge is the pompous Renault (Dinklage), a former colleague and lover whose obsession with money is surpassed only by his deep-seated one with Michelle. Following closely behind is her former mentor Ida (Bates), the O.G. ball-buster whose own shrewd dealings have amassed her countless riches…in spite of her protege’s self-serving backroom deals.
When Michelle is released from Club Fed, the reality of her situation is a slap to her meticulously powdered face. She no longer has an empire, McMansion, hidden accounts in the Caymans or even friends. With nowhere to go and no one to scam, Michelle tracks down former assistant Claire (Bell), who reluctantly agrees to the briefest of stays in the apartment Claire shares with her daughter, Rachel - certain that her old boss will soon devise a plan B when it comes to accommodations.
In true Darnell fashion, Michelle devises a shady business model for a new venture, a brownie empire guaranteed to catapult her back into the big leagues while giving Claire a real opportunity to build a solid future for Rachel and her. It sounds like a win-win situation until Michelle - fighting her instinctual need to fight dirty and scorch the Earth as she gets even - wonders if she’ll be able to regain her rightful place as the No. 1 shyster, or if the love of one family has taken advantage of her for good.
Directed and produced by BEN FALCONE (Tammy), The Boss is also produced by McCarthy, WILL FERRELL (Daddy’s Home, Tammy), ADAM MCKAY (Tammy, Sleeping with Other People) and CHRIS HENCHY (Tammy, Get Hard). The comedy is written by McCarthy, Falcone and STEVE MALLORY.
Joining Falcone, McCarthy and their fellow producers are a behind-the-scenes team of previous collaborations and those talents new to their crew-including cinematographer JULIO MACAT (Pitch Perfect, Wedding Crashers), production designer RUSTY SMITH (Elf, Meet the Fockers), editor CRAIG ALPERT (Borat, Pitch Perfect 2), costume designer WENDY CHUCK (Spotlight, Tammy), stunt coordinator TODD BRYANT (Daddy’s Home, The Campaign) and composer CHRISTOPHER LENNERTZ (My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Identity Thief).
—taken from the production notes of The Boss, courtesy of Universal Films