Like a Boss (film)
|Like a Boss|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Miguel Arteta|
|Edited by||Jay Deuby|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$30.4 million|
Like a Boss is a 2020 American comedy film directed by Miguel Arteta, written by Sam Pitman and Adam Cole-Kelly, and starring Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne, and Salma Hayek. The plot follows two friends who attempt to take control of their cosmetics company back from an industry titan.
The film was theatrically released in the United States on January 10, 2020, by Paramount Pictures. It received negative reviews from critics, although the cast was praised. The film was also a box office bomb, grossing $29 million against a budget of the same amount and more than $100 million spent on marketing costs.
Two friends with very different personalities run their own beauty company, Mia&Mel. Mel (Rose Byrne) is more practical and inventive, while Mia (Tiffany Haddish) wants to earn her fortune quickly and live a lavish lifestyle.
Things take a turn for the worse when their company runs into $493,000 of debt, forcing them to turn to unscrupulous benefactor Claire Luna (Salma Hayek), head of a major cosmetics empire, who intends to steal the business out from under them. The two must address their differences to save their business, as they are faced with the challenge of 'proving' themselves to Luna even as Luna steals their 'one-night-stand' bag idea and has it marketed through one of her other companies, as well as forcing them to fire one of their workers, Barrett (Billy Porter), leaving fellow staffer Sydney (Jennifer Coolidge) as their sole employee.
Mia and Mel briefly 'split up' through their different approaches to Luna's offer, but they reconcile when their friends help them face how they need each other. Faced with the possible loss of their business, Mia and Mel approach Shay (Lisa Kudrow), Luna's former business partner, to start a new company, Proud Cosmetics, marketing their new 'Ride or Die' product, make-up intended to be used by best friends together to face their nights out. With this loophole, Mia and Mel are able to produce and market 'Ride or Die' under the 'Proud' banner while Luna takes ownership of Mia&Mel while still required to pay them 49% of all subsequent earnings. Mia and Mel also bring along Sydney and Barrett to the new company.
- Tiffany Haddish as Mia Carter, a co-owner of Mel & Mia's, with a brash personality.
- Rose Byrne as Mel Paige, a co-owner of Mel & Mia's, who is more business-savvy, but lacks the confidence of her partner.
- Salma Hayek as Claire Luna, a cosmetics mogul who obtains a controlling share of Mel & Mia's while bailing out the owners. She plans to steal their innovative new product ideas for herself.
- Jennifer Coolidge as Sydney, Mel and Mia's employee
- Billy Porter as Barrett, Mel and Mia's employee
- Karan Soni as Josh Tinker, Claire's right-hand man
- Natasha Rothwell as Jill, Mel and Mia's friend
- Jessica St. Clair as Kim, Mel and Mia's friend
- Ari Graynor as Angela, Mel and Mia's friend
- Jimmy O. Yang as Ron
- Ryan Hansen as Greg
- Jacob Latimore as Harry
- Lisa Kudrow as Shay Whitmore
- Veronica Merrell as Lola
- Vanessa Merrell as Layla
- Caroline Arapoglou as Brook
On October 23, 2017, it was announced that Paramount Pictures had bought a female-centered comedy spec, Limited Partners, specifically as a starring role for Tiffany Haddish. The film was written by Sam Pitman & Adam Cole-Kelly, from a story by the two, and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel, and was produced by Peter Principato, Itay Reiss, and Joel Zadak through their Principato-Young Entertainment (now known as Artists First). In July 2018, Paramount set Miguel Arteta as director. Later the same month, Rose Byrne was cast as the film's other lead. In September 2018, Salma Hayek was added to play the villain. In October 2018, Ari Graynor, Jacob Latimore, Karan Soni, Jimmy O. Yang, Natasha Rothwell, Jessica St. Clair and Billy Porter also joined the cast of the film.
In the United States and Canada, the film was released alongside Underwater and the expansions of Just Mercy and 1917, and was projected to gross $10–12 million from 3,078 theaters in its opening weekend. The film made $3.9 million on its first day of release, including $1 million from Thursday night previews. It went on to debut to $10 million, finishing fifth at the box office. The film fell 60% in its second weekend to $4 million (and $4.7 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday), finishing ninth.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 22% based on 148 reviews, with an average rating of 4.2/10. The site's critics consensus reads, "Like a Boss oversees a merger of powerful comedic talents, but the end results are likely to leave audience members feeling swindled out of their investments." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 33 out of 100 based on 31 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews." Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale, and PostTrak reported viewers gave it an average 3 out of 5 stars.
Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers gave the film 1 out of 5 stars and wrote, "What we have here is a comedy on life support, with Haddish and Byrne valiantly performing futile acts of resuscitation. Sorry to report: The patient died."
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