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The Boss (2016)

R | | Comedy | 8 April 2016 (USA)
2:46 | Trailer
A titan of industry is sent to prison after she's caught insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America's latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.


Ben Falcone
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa McCarthy ... Michelle Darnell
Kristen Bell ... Claire
Peter Dinklage ... Renault
Ella Anderson ... Rachel
Tyler Labine ... Mike Beals
Kathy Bates ... Ida Marquette
Cecily Strong ... Dana Dandridge
Mary Sohn ... Jan Keller
Kristen Schaal ... Scout Leader Sandy
Eva Peterson ... Chrystal
Timothy Simons ... Stephan (as Tim Simons)
Aleandra Newcomb ... Mariana
Annie Mumolo ... Helen
Presley Coley ... Hannah
Dax Shepard ... Kyle (as Dax Shephard)


The story follows Michelle Darnell, a titan of industry who is sent to prison for insider trading, denounced by her former lover, Renault, who still holds a heavy grudge towards her for their breakup, after getting a promotion a few years ago. After doing her time, Michelle emerges, ready to re-brand herself as America's latest sweetheart, but not everyone she steamrolled is not so quick to forgive and forget. With nowhere to go and no one to scam, Michelle is forced to move in with former assistant Claire and her young daughter, Rachel. Now at her lowest point, Michelle wastes no time in devising a winner-take-all plan to rebuild her empire..

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Second film written by star Melissa McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone, along with Groundlings friend, Steve Mallory. See more »


Ronald Renault is so techno-phobic he has only paper contracts. Once Michelle, Claire and Mike reached the roof they could have ripped up the contract and not have any reason to confront Ron. See more »


Claire: Michelle, if you can't give me a raise, I can't continue to work here.
Michelle Darnell: Well, look who finally showed up to my seminar. About time, Claire, I love it. I didn't know you were listening all these years. What am I always saying?
Tito: Don't go in that room!
Michelle Darnell: True. I do say that, but I also say, you want something, you gotta take it. Claire, you just took it and you grew a pair in the process.
Claire: I'm holding your earrings?
Michelle Darnell: You're holding a pair of earrings, as in 2001 I paid $ 62,000 for it, and that's your raise ...
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Crazy Credits

Out-takes are shown during the closing credits. See more »


Money (That's What I Want)
Written by Berry Gordy (as Berry Gordy, Jr.), Janie Bradford
Performed by Charli XCX
Courtesy of East West Records UK Ltd.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Funny and light-hearted
7 May 2017 | by berttom-64515See all my reviews

A funny light hearted comedy, the casting was well done, all complimented each other. The story plot even though far fetched, but remember it's a comedy, is entertaining. Worth seeing on cable. Melissa McCarthy is entertaining and the out-takes at the end are very funny. Better than other comedies out there.

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Release Date:

8 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Michelle Darnell See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office


$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,586,645, 10 April 2016

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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