Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LOOKLOCAL -

MELISSA McCarthy’s lat­est movie has her play ruth­less, money-hun­gry Don­ald Trump-like Michelle Dar­nell.

Fu­elled by child­hood aban­don­ment and foster home-hop­ping, Dar­nell grows up with a chip on her shoul­der and lack­ing any sense of loy­alty.

When she is busted for in­sider trad­ing, she comes crash­ing back down to Earth.

Upon re­lease from prison, Dar­nell re­alises she has no-one to turn to but her un­der­ap­pre­ci­ated for­mer as­sis­tant and sin­gle mum Claire (Kris­ten Bell).

Her story goes from rags to riches to rags and down the path to riches again when she hatches a money-mak­ing baking scheme.

De­spite her tun­nel vi­sion, F-bomb drop­ping and in­cit­ing a Girl Scout street smack­down, we sym­pa­thise with Dar­nell be­cause of her back story.

But while ef­fort has been put in to make Dar­nell three-di­men­sional, other ar­eas of the script could have done with the same at­ten­tion.

Mis­tak­ing bizarre for hi­lar­i­ous seems to be The Boss’ pri­mary down­fall.

How­ever, its sav­ing grace is McCarthy.

Melissa McCarthy in The Boss. Be­low: Melissa McCarthy and Kris­ten Bell.

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