Ghostbusters (2016)

Ghostbusters: Ain’t No Bitches Gonna Hunt No Ghosts

I’m going to get right to the point here. New Ghostbusters isn’t perfect, but it’s still more entertaining than half of the cinematic garbage that’s come out this summer. If you’re not sold on it, fine. This review isn’t for you. If, however, you are interested in seeing the reboot of the 1984 beloved comedy, let’s review! Continue reading “Ghostbusters: Ain’t No Bitches Gonna Hunt No Ghosts”

Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Bell in The Boss

The Boss: Good Concept, Bad Execution

Melissa McCarthy has consistently played two types of characters in her movies. Either she’s a character who’s grossly undervalued by the people around her (See: Spy), or she’s a character who’s just gross for the sake of fat jokes (See: Tammy). Fortunately, The Boss gives her a new character to work with. Well, technically a new character. The idea of foul-mouthed businesswoman Michelle Darnell originated in McCarthy’s Los Angeles improv days. Continue reading “The Boss: Good Concept, Bad Execution”

Spy: The Secret Agent Comedy I Didn’t Know I Needed

After Agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law) is killed in the line of duty, and the CIA’s top operatives are exposed, desk-bound Agent Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) heads out into the field to find and track Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne), Fine’s killer and the daughter of a European criminal who’s hidden a nuclear weapon. But when Agent Rick Ford (Jason Statham) goes rogue and almost blows Cooper’s cover, Cooper has to go deep undercover with Boyanov. Continue reading “Spy: The Secret Agent Comedy I Didn’t Know I Needed”

St. Vincent 2014

St. Vincent: Same Grumpy Old Story, Different Cast

Vincent (Bill Murray) is down on his luck. With a pregnant Russian stripper girlfriend, a wife who no longer recognizes him, a house that’s falling apart, and a loan shark trying to get him to pay back the money he owes, he’s turned into a grumpy old man with nothing left but cigarettes, booze, and horse races. That is, until single mom Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) and precocious son Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher) move in next door and help him find his soft side. Continue reading “St. Vincent: Same Grumpy Old Story, Different Cast”

Melissa McCarthy in Tammy

Tammy Continues the “HAHA, SHE’S FAT” Shtick of Melissa McCarthy

Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) is a mess. After striking a deer with her car on her way to work at fast-food joint Topper Jack’s, Tammy shows up late and gets fired by her boss, Keith (Ben Falcone). When her car won’t start, she walks miles back to her house, where she finds her husband, Greg (Nat Faxon), having dinner with their next-door neighbor, Missi (Toni Collette), with whom Greg’s been having an affair. Frustrated, Tammy begs her mother, Deb (Allison Janney), to help her out, but Deb refuses. That’s when Tammy’s crazy, alcoholic grandmother, Pearl (Susan Sarandon), offers to go on a road trip with her. Together, Tammy and Pearl bond over their misfortunes in life. Continue reading “Tammy Continues the “HAHA, SHE’S FAT” Shtick of Melissa McCarthy”