The Boss, a Melissa McCarthy vehicle directed by her husband Ben Falcone, was the worst new film of the week on April 8. Here are the relevant facts in considering it for the Worst of 2016 RAZZIES:
*Melissa McCarthy's performance was much better reviewed than the film as a whole. However, due to her history of competing for the RAZZIES, including Worst Actress of 2014 runner-up Tammy, and the fact that she's by far the most well-known of the cast, she has the best odds at the RAZZIES anyway.
*The premise was, in many ways, an inversion of 2015 Worst Actor semifinalist Get Hard. The first case in point is that Will Ferrell's character is given a short time to get his affairs in order before getting sent to the federal pen for a decade, whereas McCarthy's character is nearing the end of her sentence, and is planning for life on the outside.
*Other major cast members include Kristen Bell, recording artist T-Pain as himself, and Worst Supporting Actor of 2015 runner-up Peter Dinklage (Pixels).
*The Boss has a 19% Tomatometer approval rating and 40% Metascore review average.
*Hypothetically, it could've been a strong contender for Worst Screenplay because the biggest complaints were hit-or-miss jokes and thin writing.
And the consensus reads: "Melissa McCarthy remains as fiercely talented as ever, but her efforts aren't enough to prop up the baggy mess of inconsistent gags and tissue-thin writing that brings down the film."
It should be brought up that many believe this is a ripoff of this movie called Troop Beverly Hills. Might be something of note.
Akiva Goldsman: The writer partially responsible for this year's triple threat of The Dark Tower, Rings, and, worst of all, Transformers: The Last Knight. I'll be shocked if all three screenplays do not make the ballots.
Worst Picture - Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (nom), The Emoji Movie (nom), Fifty Shades Darker, The Mummy (nom), 9/11 (nom), and Transformers: The Last Knight (nom)
Worst Actor - Tom Cruise (nom), Matt Damon (nom), Johnny Depp, Jamie Dornan (nom), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (nom), and Charlie Sheen (nom)
Worst Actress - Whoopi Goldberg (nom), Katherine Heigl, Dakota Johnson (nom), Tyler Perry (nom), Amy Schumer (nom), and Reese Witherspoon (nom)
Worst Supporting Actor - Jon Bass (nom), Anthony Hopkins, Eric Johnson (nom), Ben Kingsley (nom), Rob Lowe (nom), and John Turturro (nom)
Worst Supporting Actress - Kim Basinger, Faye Dunaway (nom), Laura Haddock (nom), Marcia Gay Harden (nom), Goldie Hawn (nom), and Isabela Moner (nom)
Worst Screen Combo - Any two robots, actors, or robotic actors (nom), Tom Cruise and either Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, or Annabelle Wallis (nom), The Entire Cast of Fifty Shades Darker, The Entire Cast of 9/11 (nom), The Entire Voice Cast of The Emoji Movie (nom), and Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn/Snatched (nom)
Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel - Baywatch (nom), CHiPs (nom), The Emoji Movie (Rip-Off of Inside Out, The Lego Movie, and Wreck-It Ralph) (nom), Fifty Shades Darker, The Mummy (nom), and Transformers: The Last Knight (nom)
Worst Director - Michael Bay (nom), James Foley, Martin Guigui (nom), Alex Kurtzman (nom), Tyler Perry (nom), and Guy Ritchie (nom)
Worst Screenplay - The Emoji Movie (nom), Fifty Shades Darker, The Mummy (nom), 9/11 (nom), Suburbicon (nom), and Transformers: The Last Knight (nom)
Redeemer: M. Night Shyamalan
I just saw it. It currently ranks #65/70 in my Worst Movies list. For your consideration:
-Worst Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage (also for ANGRY BIRDS).
-Worst Screen Couple for Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Bell.
Oh, and maybe:
-Worst Actress for Melissa McCarthy.
-Worst Supporting Actress for Ella Anderson (also for MOTHER'S DAY).
This should be brought up that many believe this is a ripoff of this movie called Troop Beverly Hills. Might be something of note.