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 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?


Ben Falcone's real-life parents appear briefly in the fight scene, they're seen as neighbors slamming their door. See more »


Claire's apartment building has a street number "9855" painted over the door but the actual address numbers (3101-3105) were left on the glass door. See more »


Michelle Darnell: It's hilarious. It's like that classic comedy gag, 'Who's on my baseball?'.
Tito: Who's on my baseball?
Michelle Darnell: Who's on my baseball?
Tito: Uh, who's on my baseball?
Michelle Darnell: Who's on my baseball?
Claire: I think it's uh, 'Who's on first, What's on second, I Don't Know is on third'. Right?
Michelle Darnell: I don't think that's...
Tito: Uh... no?
Michelle Darnell: Uh, I think you're on my baseball.
Tito: Who's on my baseball!
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Crazy Credits

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Throw It on Me
Written by Timbaland (as Timothy Mosley), David Cortopassi, Timothy Clayton, Nicholaus Arson (as Randy Fitzsimmons)
Performed by Timbaland feat. The Hives
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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The Boss was laugh out loud hilarious, but also heartfelt.
21 February 2017 | by shawnwuSee all my reviews

Melissa McCarthy strikes again – this time at a rival troupe of juvenile sweets peddlers known as the Dandelions. The Boss was laugh out loud hilarious, but also heartfelt. The bizarre cast of characters in this film provided for some absurd and funny moments, but the best scenes were between Darnell and her newest protégé – the young Rachel, who quickly became like family to the money hungry Darnell. McCarthy always excels at physical comedy, but it was her character's confidence and quick wit that carried the film. Overall, I simply loved this film.

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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:


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Technical Specs


| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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