Like a Boss Review

Following standout performances in Girls Trip and Spy, Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne star in Like a Boss, a light-hearted comedy perfect for a girls night in.

Since opening a high street store following the success of their online cosmetic company, best friends Mia (Tiffany Haddish) and Mel’s (Rose Byrne) accounts are not looking good. A tempting business investment from beauty tycoon Claire Luna (Salma Hayek) puts Mia and Mel’s friendship to the test – can they save their company whilst still remaining BFFs?

Yes there’s not much to go by plot wise; the story plays out a little formulaic, feeling much like an episode of The Apprentice as the two try to pitch a new line of best-selling products to beauty tycoon Claire Luna. There’s also some rather silly comedic set pieces which don’t always land, particularly with Jennifer Coolidge’s character, but thankfully I found myself laughing throughout. Billed as a comedy, there’s actually quite a bit of drama in the film, but at the heart of the tale is a genuine celebration of female friendship.

The central dynamic between Haddish and Byrne is wonderful and genuinely believable, with their business goal to enhance women’s beauty particularly earnest. Their situation is also pretty relatable to women of a certain age – they clearly love their business but the pressure to “settle down” is constantly there. Following her scene stealing performance in The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Hayek once again brings the laughs as the larger than life beauty tycoon. There’s also a nice cameo with a particular actress which definitely surprised me!

Verdict

Despite a couple of gags that misfire, I actually had quite a bit of fun with this film! If you enjoyed Road Trip and Bridesmaids, then this will definitely be for you, particularly with Salma Hayek’s standout bonkers performance.

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Nicola Austin

Nicola is the Editor-in-Chief of WHAH, alongside her day job in digital marketing. As well as writing for the site and podcasting, she is also a contributor to the fantastic JumpCut Online.

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