Academy Award nominated Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Tammy) stars in in The Boss as Michelle Darnell, a hard-nosed business tycoon who is sentenced to prison for insider trading.

On release, with nowhere to go and no one to turn to, Michelle seeks refuge with her former PA Claire (Kristen Bell) and her daughter Rachel (Ella Anderson) who are less than enthusiastic about her arrival.

After a few knock backs, Michelle is ready to get back to the top of the pile, hatching a plan to combine her entrepreneurial flair with girl scout cookies in a recipe for success.

Hilarity, of course, ensues and Michelle learns a lot of lessons the hard way, with a little help from her friends.

Directed by Ben Falcone (Tammy), the comedy is based on an original character created by McCarthy and written by McCarthy and Falcone.

This role sees McCarthy in a role she excels at: a sassy, sexy, powerful woman with some intelligently funny dialogue and some serious power dressing.

Although The Boss fits in the slap-stick comedy genre, it’s better than that; it reinvents the heartfelt comedy and takes the predictability out of the rags to riches to rags and back to riches story, which has been done to death.

The jokes are wildly inappropriate and Michelle Darnell’s absolute inability to relate to the general public is absolutely hilarious.

If you have a boss, hate the boss or if you are the boss, go and see The Boss – it’s a scream.

4 stars

Reviewed by Libby Parker