Melissa McCarthy’s 2016 is not just all about the Ghostbusters reboot. Sure, that’s going to take up a big part of her summer, but she’s also got the release of The Boss to deal with. In fact, as The Boss’ co-writer and star, she probably has a more vested interest in the comedy. Good thing it looks downright hilarious then, with the below red-band trailer proving once and for all that Melissa McCarthy is the current queen of foul-mouthed comedy.
There’s an awful lot to appreciate about The Boss’ profanity-filled, R-rated trailer. First and foremost is that Michelle Darnell looks as though she’s the sort of character that Melissa McCarthy knows how to play perfectly for laughs. Not only is she arrogant and rude, but she’s also driven, has a point to prove, and possesses an acidic tongue that she’s willing to abuse people of all ages with.
It’s not surprising that Melissa McCarthy looks so at home playing Michelle Darnell. That’s because she created the character when she worked at the Groundlings. After 2014’s Tammy, which McCarthy co-wrote with her husband, and the film’s director, Ben Falcone, grossed $100 million from just a $20 million budget, the pair made the decision to bring her to the big screen.
The Boss sees Melissa McCarthy’s Michelle Darnell arrested for insider trading, and sent to prison. When she is eventually released she decides to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart while under the roof of her former assistant Claire (Kristen Bell). However, she immediately faces resistance from the people that she screwed over.
There’s no denying the fact that Melissa McCarthy is absolutely killing it at the moment. After shooting onto the scene with her performance in 2011’s Bridesmaids, which even earned her a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination, she has since played the lead in Identity Thief, The Heat, Tammy, Spy, and St. Vincent, each of which have returned healthy box office numbers in comparison to their relative budgets.
2016 threatens to be Melissa McCarthy’s best year yet though. In July she has the small matter of her Ghostbusters reboot, which, despite the haters, has all the ingredients to be absolutely sensational. We just need to see a trailer now, Mr. Feig, to prove that. The sooner the better.
Before Ghostbusters, The Boss will be released on April 8. And since it only has the Kate Bosworth led horror flick Before I Wake and Jean-Marc Vallee’s intriguing, but hardly mainstream, Demolition as competition, it looks increasingly likely that McCarthy’s box office streak will continue apace.