No one could have told me that putting Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Coolidge, Billy Porter, and Salma Hayek in a movie together would have left me flat and devoid of belly aching laughter. Tiffany Haddish (Mia) is the mouthy, neck rolling “don't make me check you” girl we fell in love with during Girl's Trip and Billy Porter (Barret) will check you with no problem but it just wasn't enough.
Like a Boss details two entrepreneur best friends who operate an Atlanta based makeup company. Mia (Tiffany Haddish) the creative one has no desire to learn the “business” of the store while Mel (Rose Byrne) is the number cruncher and almost sensible one.
The best friend duo met in middle school and remained inseparable like sisters. Mel in fact moved in with Mia due to her mother's drug addiction and the two currently remain in the same house. They reminisce with friends as it seems that they might be stuck while their friends have moved on with their lives.
In walks the cosmetic guru, Claire Luna (Salma Hayek) with a monetary offer to help the business and Mel is eager to take it. As the numbers cruncher she knows that the business is quickly heading to bankruptcy. Mia of course has no interest but agrees to the meeting and later signs the contract after making changes.
This rescue came at a price that the duo could not afford and it created a rift in their friendship. Claire Luna (Salma Hayek) realizes that the plan to take over the company is on the right path when they fire Barrett (Billy Porter) with no remorse. She continues to press their button individually as she gets dangerously closely to becoming the new owner.
Who Should See “Like a Boss”?
This movie is not recommended for children under the age of 16 but it' s great for a Girl's Night Out. It is not void of messages that women talk about often around a bottle of wine or a meal. Are they regretful of following their business dreams and not focusing on building a family like their friends.
Will “Like a Boss” Make you Laugh?
There are a few moments of laughter here and there but it's not gut belly laughter. The plot is simple and you can almost predict what will happen. Barrett (Billy Porter) will keep you amused as only he can. My favorite scene is where he walks out on his bosses after being fired due to mass production.
What I Liked About “Like a Boss”
Despite the predictable moments and ending, I loved the female empowerment and importance of friendship that was presented throughout. Navigating childhood friendships can be heard as we mature and this was a reflection that women can work together.
The theme of entrepreneurship amongst the women despite the hiccups is a powerful message that can not be neglected. America needs more businesses that maintain their ethics and passion.
And we can't neglect that their success was not based on a man and there was pretty much little to no romance involved. I guess you could say it was a platonic romance amongst friends.
“Like a Boss” is in theaters nationwide. Go check it out and let me know your thoughts.