Back to the Movies
Episode 29

Like The Boss

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Back to the Movies heads straight to the latest comedic depiction of the capitalist american dream with this week's review of Melissa McCarthy's The Boss. Caleb and Arthur are joined by GoodTrash cohorts Dalton Stuart of The People's History of Film and Alexandra Bohannon of The Film Syllabus film to get dissect, discuss, and critique the path of comedic box office success in Hollywood.

Regular listeners may notice the lack of a certain Jake Gyllenhaal flick from this week's roster because sometimes the cinema gods are cruel. Caleb and Alex attended a screening for Demolition, but unfortunately a broken press screener demolished all anxious expectations.

Melissa McCarthy has quickly risen to be one of the definitive faces for women working in Hollywood. Following her big screen break out in Bridesmaids, she's gone on to star in a string of procedural comedies including Identity ThiefTammyThe Heat, and Spy among many others. The Boss stars McCarthy as a fallen industrialist who is forced to reinvent herself after being released from prison following charges of insider trading. After running to her former secretary, she turns to building a company selling girl scout brownies to put her back in the game. The film co-stars Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Tyler Labine, and Ella Anderson.

In this week's episode we look at her career leading up to The Boss and weigh the benefits and drawbacks of being a working comedic actress has impacted her options.

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Like The Boss Time Stamps

Introductions - 1:15

Spoiler Review - 4:30

Recommendations - 35:00

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