Ads have been labeling this the "Perfect Girls Night Out" movie, and I honestly don't understand why. It's not particularly funny or heartwarming, it's not well written, and it's more of the same plot we've seen hundreds of times in the early 2000s. Just because time has passed doesn't mean that going back to old tricks that barely worked the first go'round will even function slightly for today's modern audience. Like A Boss is a disaster of a comedy and a demerit for everyone involved.
The sad fact is that I don't usually mind Miguel Arteta's bland direction because typically he'll have a script to go along with his mediocre choices that slightly raises the bar from where it is here. Such examples are Youth in Revolt where Michael Cera raised the bar with his acting or Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day with it's absurd energy and characters. However Like A Boss doesn't have anything to deflect from the direction being so poor.
The sad fact is that Like A Boss generates zero laughs, and that's a problem when you have three iconic actresses in the lead roles, two of which are divisive comedic picks. It's just that the plot is unabashedly stale with a plot that feels like a film that would have been made in the late 90s/early 00s with little to no fanfare. The perfect way to describe Like A Boss is as a direct-to-video that somehow managed the distribution of a wide release. The entire film is about a small company adapting to becoming a bigger company with an element of rival competition, something that film fans have seen over and over again in a college setting, just now it's moved into the grown-up world. The one syllable that describes the experience you will most certainly have when sitting down to watch this film? Ugh.
ACTING | CHARACTERS | DIALOGUE:
Maybe it's time that we all took a break from Tiffany Haddish, because besides a few select roles, she's been encompassing the market and pushing her brand a little too hard. Haddish has grown to be one of the most irritating actors to listen to perform and sadly she is paired with another one of the worst choices, Salma Hayek. Rose Byrne was the only one of the three leads that could have saved this film, and to be brutally honest, she sucked the life out of the story just as much as the others. Looking for a silver lining in the cast is hard when there is absolutely zero to look out for. There are unlikable characters on both sides of the story, poor acting, weak screenwriting, and almost no chemistry to speak of within this short 83 minute film.
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MUSIC | SCORE | SOUND DESIGN:
There had to be lyrical music within this film, there just had to be, yet Like A Boss managed to throw them in so nonchalantly that they're a waste of the studio’s money and a wasted opportunity to hold a more powerful beat in its place. And the score you might ask? Dull and unremarkable. The sad truth of the Garfield: Tail of Two Kitties composer Christophe Beck's work is seen here.
For a film about beauty products, it's not the prettiest to look at. The sets and visuals appeal more to the crowd of a soap opera than to a modern day theatrical audience. That's the harsh reality that we are engulfed into once Like A Boss begins. If you've seen the trailer then you almost certainly understand just how bland this movie is and how desperately it needs a tune up with a much more colorful palette for the eyes. The costume design is fascinating and unexpected, but this element doesn't heighten the film. It's just one of those few things you notice and go "that's different," and the only reason you do that is because of how mute the entire film is.
Like A Boss is the definition of what cinephiles warn casual fans about in January. An outdated, poorly written, and poorly acted film that feels like it should have came out in the year 2000 and then been forgotten about.