Like a Boss: Quirky, Likable, and Empowering

    Mel (Rose Byrne) and Mia (Tiffany Haddish) met in college, bonding over their love of makeup and community. Playing it safe and by the rules, their company is crumbling under massive debt—the threat of closure looming over their heads. But when Claire Luna (Salma Hayek), a successful business woman, takes an interest in their work, they must debate their integrity and the promise of instant success. Like a Boss is equally crass and charming, never making it far past expectations but providing just enough to make for a fun-filled trip to the movie theater. 

    Like a Boss focuses on the lives of Mel and Mia as they surrender half of their company over to Claire Luna, whose promises of riches are almost too good to be true. While it appears to be filled with glamour and an extraordinary opportunity to salvage the remnants of their company, the two face the challenge of being divided, leading to an over-the-top, hilarious, and often raunchy adventure for success and friendship. From accidental planking to accidentally exposing a baby to marijuana, Like a Boss is a slapstick movie that is a bit over the top but impossible not to enjoy. 

    I thought Like a Boss was a bit formulaic and cheesy, though the writing was incredibly funny. There was hardly a scene that didn’t leave me laughing hysterically. While not an instant classic like Bridesmaids, this adult comedy is one that allows for pure escapism. With the charm of Tiffany Haddish and a story that seems to stray from the typical rom-com, Like a Boss talks about friendship over love, feminism over typical male-female relationships. That alone is enough for me to recommend Like a Boss for anyone looking to laugh and to avoid the constant eye-rolls and groans that come with your average romantic comedy. 

    Mel is the savvy one, and Mia is the brain. Together, the two have the potential to expand globally—that is, if they can outsmart the greedy and world renowned Claire Luna. Full of chaotic chases through malls and plenty of broken drones, Like a Boss remains formulaic but gives women a film to empower them to choose friendship and to stay true to their aspirations.  

    Joshua Flores currently lives in Tustin, CA, and attends Arnold O. Beckman High School. When he is not busy doing homework or cramming for math tests, he can be found dreaming up ideas for his book, obsessing over YA fiction, attending book signings, or discovering new and exciting places in LA. He is currently an editor for the Entertainment section of The Beckman Chronicle and a contributing editor for the blog Food, Fitness and Fiction. Follow him on Instagram and on the blog Food, Fitness and Fiction to hear more about anything book related.

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