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Like a Boss (2020)

R | | Comedy | 10 January 2020 (USA)
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Two friends with very different ideals start a beauty company together. One is more practical while the other wants to earn her fortune and live a lavish lifestyle.

Director:

Miguel Arteta

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Sam Pitman (screenplay by), Adam Cole-Kelly (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Salma Hayek ... Claire Luna
Rose Byrne ... Mel Carter
Tiffany Haddish ... Mia
Billy Porter ... Barrett
Jennifer Coolidge ... Sydney
Catherine Parker ... Receptionist
Ari Graynor ... Angela
Ryan Hansen ... Greg
Jessica St. Clair
Karan Soni ... Josh
Jimmy O. Yang ... Ron
Melissa Kennemore ... Birthday Girl
Vanessa Merrell ... Lux
Mallory Mckenzie ... Stand in - Rose Byrne LA unit
Melissa Saint-Amand ... Jess
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Two friends with very different ideals start a beauty company together. One is more practical while the other wants to earn her fortune and live a lavish lifestyle.

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Taglines:

The world of beauty is about to get ugly.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, crude sexual material, and drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Like a Boss See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,011,272, 12 January 2020

Gross USA:

$13,083,588

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,144,755
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Marks the second collaboration between Rose Byrne and Jessica St. Clair. The first being Bridesmaids (2011). See more »

Quotes

Mia: Don't worry your little head about it.
Claire Luna: My head isn't little. It's just that my breasts are humangous.
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Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Like a Boss/Just Mercy (2020) See more »

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not hideous, but no thing of beauty
9 January 2020 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. It's no secret that all movies aren't made to appeal to all movie goers. Even for someone like me who watches an average of 5 movies per week, there are going to be some that are simply not in my wheelhouse. In the case of this latest from director Miguel Arteta (BEATRIZ AT DINNER, 2017), it seems to have been formulated as a "Girls Night Out" treat ... a sub-genre with a track record of success.

Although I'm not the target market, I'm not precluded from commenting on the film and making observations. It merely means I've watched the movie from a different perspective than many paying customers will. So let's start with the positives. The cast is excellent. After being wasted and miscast is last year's disappointing THE KITCHEN, Tiffany Haddish is cut loose and allowed to do what she does best - searing one-liners peppered with raunchiness. Rose Byrne has long been what was once called a comedy "straight man." Of course that term is no longer used, but I'm not sure what today's acceptable terminology is. The simple fact is, very few people are as brilliant as Ms, Byrne at playing off an acid-tongued comic. She is a rare talent. As for Salma Hayek, her body of work (and Oscar nomination for FRIDA) speaks for itself.

Mia (Ms. Haddish) and Mel (Ms. Byrne) have been friends since childhood, and are now roommates, best friends, and business partners at the beauty/cosmetic company they founded. The creative and shoot-from-the-hip Mia and the pragmatic and meticulous Mel are personality opposites to the point that Mel has been reticent to explain their serious financial woes to the always upbeat Mia. When cosmetics tycoon Claire Luna (Ms. Hayek) makes an offer to save the struggling company, Mel welcomes the financial relief, while Mia senses trouble.

As you would guess, Mia is right ... Claire Luna has darker motives, and soon she is driving a wedge between the two partners and friends. The talented supporting cast includes: Jennifer Coolidge, Billy Porter (who manages to remain flamboyant while being subdued for him), Ari Graynor ("I'm Dying Up Here"), Jessica St. Clair, and Karan Soni (DEADPOOL) as Claire's assistant. There is also a cameo near the end for those who enjoy a bit of friendly comedy.

Danielle Sanchez Witzel, Adam Cole-Kelly, and Sam Pitman combined on the story and script, and have inserted a few gags that play to the strength of the cast - pot smoking ghost peppers, and boyfriend humor are all at play, and balanced by the strength of female friendships. The business side is so cartoonish (especially Ms. Hayek's character) that it will likely somewhat offend anyone who actually runs a company, but the raunchy humor and overly emotional character reactions will likely satisfy the intended audience.


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