Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Tyler Labine, Ella Anderson, Cecily Strong, Kathy Bates, Kristen Schaal, Timothy Simons, Annie Mumolo
Directed By: Ben Falcone
I suppose its true that Melissa McCarthy needs better films, but I think this is still a step up from Identity Thief and Tammy. There were some genuine laugh out loud moments, and I thought it was good that this movie wasn’t really about her weight. Usually there are lots of fat jokes, but she’s strayed away from that. That’s good.
McCarthy plays Michelle Darnell a millionaire businesswoman who gets convicted of insider trading, When she gets out, she has nothing, and has to stay with her downtrodden ex-personal assistant (Bell) and her daughter (Anderson). Having nowhere else to turn, Michelle finally decides to make an empire out of brownies, but still faces competition from her nemesis (Dinklage).
I was a really big fan of the fact that Tyler Labine was in this, and in a fairly big role. I’m a huge fan, and I’d love to see him used more in films. I thought Dinklage was silly, and after his Emmy winning work in Game Of Thrones, I don’t know why he doesn’t get better film offers. McCarthy was pretty funny, but she’s been better. Bell was OK, but she never got to really let loose. She played a stiff, uptight straight character to McCarthy’s Darnell.
I didn’t see this in theatres, and I’m not sure it’s a film that warranted it. I’m glad I saw it eventually. It had some good moments, and was worth the $2 I spent on the rental. I would absolutely love to see McCarthy challenged more as an actress in the future. Films like St Vincent, where she gets to show her range are where she truly thrives. This is just something to pass the time, I suppose.
FINAL GRADE: B