Movie Reviews

Movie Review: Like a Boss (2020)

Summary: Two friends with very different ideals start a beauty company together. One is more practical while the other wants to earn her fortune and live a lavish lifestyle.

Pros:

Haddish and Byrne. They had nice chemistry together. They played off each other pretty well and I believed they’d been friends for a long time, which can be hard to do in a film where they most likely met for the first time while filming. It was cute that they also seemed to make up for each other’s differences in their own skills. Haddish was the creative one and boisterous one while Byrne was the financial one and shyer. It worked out fine.

Looks Nice. The movie is very nice looking, I guess since makeup is the key, the colors need to look good on film. So, the cinematography is nice. I also liked the clothes. There is a scene where Haddish and Byrne go to meet Selma Hayek’s character and they both wear black outfits that I quite liked. I also really liked Tiffany Haddish’s denim jumpsuit. So yes, I enjoyed the clothes. I wish Tiffany Haddish had better hairstyles though.

Intended Message/Story. It’s not as if this move is one of a kind or new. It’s a story we’ve seen so many times and it’s not a bad story and/or message. Two friends who depend on each other for so much and created something together now have the chance to be bigger/expand but the big bad businesswoman wants to come in between them, and the friends really see each other’s flaws. They fight against the businesswoman and then end up fighting each other. At the end of the day, they learn that they have each other, love each other and should celebrate each other. That’s nice. It’s overdone but it’s nice. Plus, the added story of seeing the beauty inside oneself and being proud of it. Sure, it’s fine.

Cons:

Not Funny. It is not funny. I laughed genuinely maybe twice and I don’t even remember what those scenes were. I feel like it was the weed scene at the baby shower but because there was a baby in the room and they realized it. Also, Natasha Rothwell is pretty funny to me and she was sometimes in this one but meh.

Simple/Overdone Story. As I said in the pros, this story has been done many times and done so much better than this one. I don’t think the acting is necessarily bad but I don’t think the material necessarily was good enough for these actors to elevate it. I described the story in the ‘pros’, so I won’t do it again here but if you watch the movie, you know exactly what I mean. It’s been done and so much better. Plus, I hate in films when friends argue in films over something so simple when they tell me repeatedly that they’re strong friends. Don’t get me wrong, it’s human nature for us to argue over differences, but I think it was too easy in this movie. It’s not like the “villain” had to really work that hard.

Character Elements. What I mean by this is that Mia (Haddish) was the creative one, with the ideas and the colors mixing I guess and Mel (Byrne) was the financial one but we literally never saw Mel looking at anything financial. You would think she would talk about it way more than she did. As for Mia, we saw her have a few ideas and do makeup twice, but I feel like we never really got to see her, in the store, mixing colors, or doing anything special a makeup artist might do. It was bland. Super bland.

Overall, the movie isn’t horrible. I didn’t hate it but it’s no good either. Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne were fine in their roles, they had good chemistry and you can believe they’ve been friends for a long time. Odd pairing but it works a bit. I understand what the movie wanted to do with the story and the intended message, I got it. It also looks nice. On the flip side, it’s not funny. I only laughed twice. It’s also a story we’ve seen 50 million times and done so much better. I didn’t put this in my cons, but Jennifer Coolidge literally plays the same character every time, I see her… sad, pathetic and dumb. Outside of maybe twice, we never see either of them in their character element.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars.

Have you seen Like a Boss? If so, what are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

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